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Dr Luisa Weinzierl

Lecturer - Business Management

Dr Luisa Weinzierl

About Research



Luisa is lecturer and researcher in International Human Resource Management and Leadership at St Mary's University. She holds a PhD in International Business Management which focuses on 'The emotional impact of mixed proficiency levels in the corporate language in multinational teams'.

Prior to her academic career, Luisa was a multi-lingual senior human resources professional and specialist intercultural business coach with proven ability to stimulate and engage clients in their professional development. She worked in senior leadership roles in the Far East, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in several sectors, enhancing people management in complex multicultural environments through personal coaching, intercultural communication, training programmes and speaking engagements.

With an international career spanning over 20 years in global IT Services, Management Consulting, and Financial Services firms, Luisa brings a wealth of experience to St Mary’s. Her professional and academic projects cover topics such as: cross-border talent management, leadership, change management and organisational development and design. Luisa is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD, a full member of the Association for Coaching, a member of the British Psychological Society and is an experienced and fully accredited business coach through the Meyler Campbell Mastered Programme.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD International Business Management (St. Mary’s University 2022)
  • MA in HR Strategy (Kingston 2003) Chartered Fellow CIPD
  • PG Diploma in HRM (Kingston 2001)
  • Chartered FCIPD.

Thesis - The emotional impact of language differences in multinational teams

With globalization organizations are becoming increasingly reliant on the collaboration of multinational teams and the responsibility to bridge these linguistic boundaries usually falls to the team leaders. The research focuses on how communication across mixed language proficiency levels elicits emotional responses in multinational teams and how the team leaders of these teams are challenged when harnessing the skills and abilities of their team members.


Research profile

Publications to date

  • Weinzierl, M-L. (2024) Bridging the boundaries of corporate language competence in multinational teams. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, (0)0.
  • Alamri M., Stone M., Aravopoulou, E., Weinzierl M-L., Calvini G. and Maheswaran L. (2018) “Avoiding hidden inequalities in challenging or changing times: can the talent management approach help?” Chapter 8, in Nachmias S. and Caven V. (eds.) Hidden Inequality in Modern Organizations: Vol. 2, Employment Practices, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stone, M., Aravopoulou, E., Giardi, G., Todeva, E., Weinzierl, M-L., Laughlin, Stott, R.N. Stott (2017) How platforms are transforming customer information management. The Bottom Line 30 (2).
  • Aravopoulou, A., Stone, M., Weinzierl, M-L. (2017) Modernising the curriculum and pedagogy – to be or not to be? Using film and online video to engage students and enhance learning. International Journal of Higher Education Management (IJHEM), 4 (1).

Current research activity includes a publication in language sensitive challenges in international business. The leverage of cultural leadership bias.

Conference Papers

  • EIBA 2018 (Poznan)
  • GEM&L 2018 (Paris)
  • UFHRD 2019 (Nottingham)
  • 16th Annual International Conference on Global Studies: Business, Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Aspects 2022 (Athens)

Research Interests

  • Leadership in context – Creating a culture that supports ethical behaviour
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Leadership and management in healthcare
  • Cultural and Institutional effective change management
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • Beyond cultural intelligence – leveraging cultural intelligence for a deeper connect
  • Leadership in multinational organisations.

PhD Supervision

Luisa is very interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of:

  • Global people management
  • Leadership and management in healthcare
  • Responsible leadership.

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