Professor Rachael Finn

Interim Dean, Sheffield University Management School
Professor of Organisation Studies

Room: F009
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3484

Prof Rachael Finn


Professor Rachael Finn was appointed Interim Dean of the Management School in July 2019. Rachael joined the Management School in 2011 as Professor of Organisation Studies. Prior to her appointment as Interim Dean, Rachael served as Head of the Work, Employment, People and Organisations Division within the School and previously as Director for Postgraduate Research. Her research lies within the field of Organisation Studies, with a particular focus on the realities of health and social care organisation. She has a particular interest in critical management and qualitative methodologies, including discursive perspectives on organisational life. Rachael studied at the University of Nottingham for both her undergraduate degree (BA joint honours in Psychology and Sociology) and her PhD in Sociology.

Rachael is currently an External Examiner for the EMBA in Healthcare at the University of Nottingham Business School.


Rachael has a broad range of teaching experience across undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education, having taught across the fields of organisation studies, organisational behaviour and research methods. Most recently, she has led and delivered MGT364 Language and Organisation, bringing her research expertise on discourse and micro-political organisational practices and into the classroom, encouraging critical thinking, reflexivity and awareness of organising as a socio-political process among students as future employees and managers.


Professor Finn’s research takes an organisation studies perspective, with a particular focus on policies and processes or organising in the health and social care context. She has published extensively in the field of health care organisation, worked closely with external partners (including NHS and third sector), receiving grant funding from a range of funders (e.g. NIHR, ESRC, NHS and The Health Foundation) and taking an interdisciplinary approach (e.g. collaborating with colleagues from ScHARR, School of Nursing and Medical School). Current and recent research has included:

  • Evaluation of the Flow Coaching Academy Quality Improvement programme (The Health Foundation)
  • Retention of Mental Health Staff in the NHS (The Health Foundation)
  • System Leadership role of Health and Wellbeing Boards in improving population health (National Institute for Health Research)
  • The Role of Lived Experience in the Training and Education of Mental Health Professionals (Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust)

Areas of PhD Supervision

  • Health and Social Care Organisation Studies
  • Patent and public involvement
  • Discourse and Organisation
  • Critical Management Studies

Recent Publications

Full list of publications

Key Projects / Grants

Title Awarding Body Dates Amount / Role
Factors affecting the Retention of Mental Health Staff (RoMHS) The Health Foundation 2019-2022 TBC
Improving flow: Developing the capability to improve patient flow The Health Foundation, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2018-2019 £19,904
Lived Experience in Mental Health Training Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust 2017-2018 £9,973
Evaluating the leadership role of Health and Wellbeing Boards as drivers of health mprovement and integrated care across England Department of Health 2016 TBC
Translating Knowledge into Action The Health Foundation, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2016-2017 £6,201
For whose benefit? Mobilising service-user involvement for the co-design of public services: The case of quality improvement in the NHS Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy 2016 TBC