Michael Gill

Associate Professor in Organisation Studies

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Michael's research interests lie in individuals’ experiences of work and qualitative research methods. 

He has studied different occupational groups including accountants, elite chefs, lawyers, management consultants, medical doctors, nurses, and police officers.

Michael received his doctorate from Jesus College, University of Oxford, having been funded by a scholarship from the Centre for Professional Service Firms. Prior to starting his academic career, Michael worked in sales and marketing management positions for FMCG companies Unilever and PepsiCo, across a range of brands. He also worked at Kearney as a consultant, focusing on organisational redesign and manufacturing optimisation.


Michael’s primary research focus is on workers’ experiences of modern work.

His work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, and National Institute of Health Research.

He is the first or sole author of research articles in leading management journals including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, and Strategic Management Journal. He has also collaborated on publications across a range of scholarly and practitioner journals.

Recognition for his methodological research includes a ‘best published paper award’ (Organizational Research Methods), inclusion in ‘Editor's Favourite Papers’ (Organizational Research Methods) and ‘best paper award’ (Research Methods Division, Academy of Management), each awarded for separate articles.


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Michael collaborates with a range of professional service and public sector firms to support them in addressing significant challenges.

For example, his insights helped a law firm to understand their employees’ changing aspirations for partnership. His research supported a global accounting firm’s development of an award-winning mental health training programme. He worked with a police force to support their development of an award-winning mentoring scheme.


Michael’s teaching experience spans undergraduate, MBA and executive education.

Michael’s current teaching spans undergraduate tutorials in Organisational Behaviour and General Management; MBA classes in Organisational Behaviour; and graduate seminars in Research Methods. He delivers open and custom executive education programmes. His teaching awards include Poets & Quants ‘Top 40 MBA professors under 40,’ Business Because ‘MBA Professors to Look Out For’, and three different University of Oxford Social Science Division ‘Teaching Excellence Awards’.

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