Sue Dopson

Deputy Dean for People and EDI, Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Sue is Deputy Dean for People and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and Professor of Organisational Behaviour. She is also a Fellow of Green Templeton College.

    She has a BSc in sociology, MSc in sociology with special reference to medicine, MA (Oxon) and a PhD studying the introduction of general management into the NHS. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

    Sue conducts research in a range of public and private sector organisations.


    Sue’s research lies in the area of innovation, change and healthcare studies. She has led a number of research projects in public and private sector organisations.

    These include the evaluation of work aimed at improving clinical effectiveness, exploring evidence-based medicine, developing the skills of healthcare managers, and investigating the changing role of healthcare assistants within the NHS workforce. 

    Research interests:

    • personal and organisational dimensions of leadership
    • transformational change
    • networks
    • healthcare studies and clinical leadership
    • implementation of innovation
    • evidence-based management
    • leadership coaching practice
    • women in leadership.


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    • Tatiana A Iakovleva
    Health Care
    Organisation Studies
    • Mahima Mitra,
    • Michael Gill,
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    Organisation Studies
    Professional Service Firms
    Health Care

    Responsible leadership development: Gender, diversity and the route to the top(opens in new window)

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    • Responsible Leadership: Essential to the Achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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    • A Athanasopoulou,
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    • M Smets
    Health Care
    Organisation Studies
    Professional Service Firms

    Responsible leadership development: gender, diversity and the route to the top(opens in new window)

    • Chapter
    • Responsible Leadership: Essential for the Achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
    • Mahima Mitra,
    • Andromache Athanasopoulou,
    • Susan Dopson,
    • Michael Smets
    Organisation Studies
    Professional Service Firms
    Health Care
    • Mahima Hoffmann,
    • Sue Dopson,
    • Timothy Hoff
    Health Care
    Organisation Studies
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    Sue’s research on organisational strategy and knowledge transfer within the healthcare sector informs government policy and practice.

    Her studies of the barriers and facilitators to the dissemination of research evidence to healthcare professionals have influenced the way the Department of Health seeks to inform clinicians of changes in practice. Sue's research into the increasing responsibility of Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) has highlighted the need for appropriate training programmes and informed the debate on HCA registration. Sue is an Adviser to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and is a Non-Executive Director of the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

    Sue's most recent work involves exploring issues faced by women in their leadership journey. 


    Sue is committed to executive education and she is heavily engaged in teaching, tutoring and coaching at all levels.

    Her teaching includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as the MBA and EMBA courses and the Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership.

    Coaching and its impact on leadership performance is a particular interest and Sue, who chairs the coaching committee at Saїd Business School, is working with colleagues to evolve an Oxford style of coaching. She is a strong advocate of the benefits of providing executives with the space to examine the leadership challenges of their jobs.

    Sue teaches on a range of topics, including: culture, change, leadership, decision making, motivation, working in teams, power and influence, and negotiation.

    She is Academic Director of Oxford Strategic Leader Programme, Women Transforming Leadership and the Diploma in Organisational Leadership.

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