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Declan Fitzsimons

Senior Affiliated Professor of Organisational Behaviour


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Teaching Areas
  • Leading People & Groups


Declan Fitzsimons is Senior Affiliated Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. He holds a PhD from the school of Management at Cranfield University, UK. His research focus is on post-heroic leadership models such as shared leadership, senior teams, leading in complex environments unconscious processes in groups and organisations, experiential and action learning, and organisational change.
Declan Fitzsimons is co-directing Developing Emerging Leaders.

From the mid-90s, Declan worked extensively with several telecommunications joint ventures in Eastern Europe, Russia and Kazakhstan, developing expertise in the design and implementation of organisational development projects that integrate leadership development initiatives with corporate strategy. These programmes took place within complex stakeholder environments involving the state, corporate foreign investors, and international regulatory institutes, as well as within a broader context of rapidly changing social and economic conditions in the post-Soviet era. He currently consults to corporations from a wide range of sectors including energy, pharmaceuticals, FMCG, banking, paper, and precision engineering. In addition, he has contributed to open and in-company Leadership Development programmes including the full time MBA programmes at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, and at IMD in Switzerland.

After graduating in Economics from Birmingham University and then taking a Diploma in Education, Declan worked in Japan for three years before returning to the UK to train in psychotherapy at the London Gestalt Centre. He later earned a Masters in Management Development at Lancaster University (UK) and a Masters in Advanced Organisational Consulting jointly offered by the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and City University in London. He currently lives in London.