Associate Professor in Organisation Studies
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Michael's research interests lie in the experience of modern work and qualitative research methods.
He has explored these topics across different occupational groups including accountants, elite chefs, lawyers, management consultants and police officers.
Michael received his doctorate from Jesus College, University of Oxford, having been funded by a scholarship from Centre for Professional Service Firms. He went on to join the University of Bath’s School of Management as an Assistant then Associate professor. Following this, he returned to Oxford, where he joined the Saïd Business School and was elected as a Governing Body Fellow at St Edmund Hall.
Prior to starting his academic career, Michael worked in sales and marketing management positions for FMCG companies including Unilever and PepsiCo across a range of brands. He also worked at AT Kearney as a senior consultant, focusing on organisational redesign and manufacturing optimisation.
Michael’s primary research focus is on the experience of modern work, which he seeks to examine from the perspective of workers themselves.
This research focus can be subdivided into three component parts, with each component guided by a key question:
- How do we study experience?
- What do workers experience in organisations?
- Why do workers differ in their experiences of and responses to contemporary forms of work?
Phenomenology as qualitative methodology
The Significance Of Suffering In Organizations: Understanding Variation In Workers’ Responses To Multiple Modes Of Control(opens in new window)
Mentoring for mental health: A mixed-method study of the benefits of formal mentoring programmes in the English police force(opens in new window)
The function of fear in institutional maintenance: Feeling frightened as an essential ingredient in haute cuisine(opens in new window)
Michael works closely with a range of professional service and public sector firms to support them in addressing significant challenges.
For example, his research collaborations have helped law firms to understand the changing aspirations for partnership, accounting firms to develop mental health awareness and training, and public sector organisations to implement award winning mentoring programmes.
Michael’s teaching experience spans undergraduate, MBA and executive education.
Michael’s current teaching includes undergraduate tutorials in Organisational Behaviour and General Management; MBA classes in Organisational Behaviour; and graduate seminars in Research Methods. He has also delivered open and custom executive education programmes.