Professor Emmanuel Idowu

Professor and Deputy Dean
School of Health and Social Care
Professor Emmanuel Idowu



Emmanuel Idowu is a Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Deputy Dean School of Health and Social Care. Prior to starting at the University of Essex in 2023, Professor Idowu worked at University of Bradford, University of Dundee, Open University, Anglia Ruskin University UK, University of Brighton UK, London South Bank University UK, University of London UK and National Health Service (NHS) UK. He has significant public sector professional experiences, with over 30 years of managing and developing range of diverse and complex healthcare services, clinical education, and staff development in the health services in the United Kingdom (UK) and Qatar. In the UK, he worked as an independent management consultant in Primary Care Trusts in London and West Midlands. In these roles, he undertook, and managed projects concerned with healthcare reform for managing long-term conditions. Having worked in the capacity of a Clinical Director, Head of School, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer, Prof Idowu has gained wide experiences in the field of clinical education, management and leading multidisciplinary team of academics and clinical professionals. During these times, he fully appreciated and participated in joint working and partnerships with other international organizations. Prof Idowu is passionate about pedagogy with an outstanding track record in teaching and management. He is committed to providing high quality teaching that ensure students take an active role in their learning, in addition to identifying opportunities for improvement of the student experiences. He thrives in the invigoration of effective learning tools and the inception of new models for learning and assessment. He has a wide range of teaching and teaching related experiences across the key areas of leadership, philosophy of medicine and research methodologies. As a researcher, Prof Idowu focuses on issues of organization, performance, leadership and healthcare ethics. Currently, His research examines organizational culture theory and the determinants of workplace performance in the healthcare organization. In particular, he's interested in the implications and applications of these determinants in organizational behaviour and performance. He is also interested in the theme of the ‘dominant organizational logic’ as a means of understanding the relationship between organizational culture and organizational performance. Research and Academic interests Applied Leadership and Management Theory. Nature of Leadership Development. Organizational Culture theory and the determinants of Workplace Performance. Organizational Logic. Sense Making in the Healthcare Organizations. Ethical Challenges in Organization. Theoretical Approaches to Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine. Prof Idowu would be pleased to consider supervising Master and PhD students with the following research interests/topics: Leadership in the healthcare Organizational culture and behaviour in the healthcare Sense making in the healthcare organization. Ethical and authentic leadership Philosophy of Medicine Editorial Board Reviewer – Journal of Management Research (Macro think Institute). Reviewer – Journal of Case studies in Business and Management. External Fellowships and Affiliations: Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy UK (SFHEA). Certified Management & Business Educator UK (CMBE) Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health UK (FRSPH). Fellow, Institute of Leadership and Management UK (FInstLM). Fellow, Institute of Health Management UK (FIHM). Member, British Academy of Management, UK City and Guilds Graduateship Senior Managers Award (GCGI) UK – (Founder Member). Previous Activities, Examinerships and Senior Appointments 2010 – 2014, External Assessor, Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) UK, Fellowship award. 2010 – 2014, External Assessor, IHM Recognition, Professional Validation and Approved Provider Schemes UK. 2010 – 2014, External Assessor, IHM Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Leadership for Healthcare. 2011 – 2014 World Health Organization recognized mentor for Leadership Improvement (Leadership Development in the State of Qatar). 2009 – 2013 School Governor, Greenwich Council, London, UK. 2006 – 2010 Reviewer for Mott MacDonald International UK, monitoring quality standards and approving health education programmes in England, Scotland and Wales Universities. 2009 – 2011 Non-Executive Member, National Health Services Security Management Service and Counter Fraud Services UK. External Experience 2022 – Till date, Chief External Examiner University of West of England, Bristol, UK. 2022 – Till date, External Examiner St John York University, York, UK. 2021 - 2023, Sessional Post Graduate Tutor, Centre for Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, Scotland UK. 2018 – 2023, External Board Member – Cranfield University UK Research Ethics. Representing the general interests of research participants and other stakeholders who take part in or are otherwise affected by research conducted by staff and students at the University. 2018 – 2022, External Examiner Arden University UK 2016 – 2020, Chief External Examiner University of Chester, UK. 2017 – 2020, Chief External Examiner Glyndwr University, Wales UK. 2015 – 2019, External Examiner (Professional Doctorate) Keele University UK.


  • Doctorate in Business Administration Organisational Culture and Performance Management in the Healthcare Organisation Teesside University,

  • MSc Human Resource Development and Performance Management University of Leicester,

  • MA Strategic Human Resources University of Westminster,

  • PG Dip. Philosophy of Medicine Worshipful Society of Apothecaries,

  • PG Dip. Health Research University of Greenwich,

  • PG Dip. Health Care Ethics King's College London,

  • PG Dip. Health Service Management Greenwich School of Management,

  • PG Cert. Teaching and Learning for Professional Practice Anglia Ruskin University,

  • PG Cert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University of Westminster,

  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice in Community Care University of Surrey,

  • BA (Hons) Practitioner Leadership Manchester Metropolitan University,

  • Diploma Human Resource Management University of Leicester,

  • Independent Prescriber (V300) Level 6 - 30 Credits London South Bank University,


University of Essex

  • Professor and Deputy Dean, Health and Social Care, University of Essex (14/8/2023 - present)


Journal articles (3)

Idowu, OE., Understanding Organisational Culture and Organisational Performance: Are They Two Sides of the Same Coin?. Journal of Management Research. 8 (4), 12-12

Idowu, OE., Positivism versus Interpretivism: Fire-war on the Methodological Approach in the Study of Organisational Culture. International Journal of Human Resource Studies. 6 (4), 178-178

Idowu, O., (2016). Criticisms, Constraints and Constructions of Case Study Research Strategy. Asian Journal of Business and Management Sciences

Other (1)

Idowu, O., (2022).Gender Diversity in Nursing

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