University of Bradford School of Management
Emm Lane
West Yorkshire

David joined the School of Management in September 1999, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Organisational Change and Head of the Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour Group. He previously has held various roles connected with the Bradford MBA. Between earning his first degree in geography at the University of Bristol and his MBA at Stirling University, David worked for Woolworths as a retail store manager and as management development officer in human resources. After his MBA, David moved to the University of Plymouth Business School to undertake doctoral research, where he also worked as a lecturer in the human resources study group. His doctoral research was in organisational learning. His thesis is entitled "Mental Models, Cognitive Style and Organisational Learning: the Development of Shared Understanding in Organisations".

Administrative positions held:

  • Interim Dean: 2015/16 to present
  • Head of the Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour Group: 2010/11 to present
  • Associate Dean (MBA Programmes): 2006/07 to 2008/09
  • Director of Studies (Part-time MBA): 2004/05 to 2007/08
  • Director of Studies (Full-time MBA): 2001/02 to 2003/04
  • Director of Studies (BSc Business and Management): 2000/01

Research interests:

David’s research interests lie in the study of learning and change in organizations, specifically organizational learning, change agency and leadership, relationships between individual and organizational learning, relationships between learning, motivation and effectiveness, the role played by the individual learner and the impact and assessment of cognitive/learning style. More recently he has developed an interest in and focus upon strategic adaption, organizational learning, dynamic capabilities and organizational change.

Research projects:

David’s current research is concerned with strategic adaptation and the development of dynamic capabilities and he and colleagues are working on a major project in this regard with two major multinational high technology firms, with outcomes from this research have been used to inform the HR and business strategies in these firms. David has also received in 2013, as principal investigator, approx. £34,000 in research funding from the West Yorkshire NHS Research and Innovation Fund to develop further work on innovation and adaptation under uncertainty within the NHS, and is currently developing a funding proposal to explore the implementation of innovation within the new NHS.

David’s research also has a strong interest in exploring the value and impact of learning and education and the role of managers/leaders and the motivation of staff in organizations today. He has worked and consulted in both public and private sectors and with a number of well know organizations including AstraZeneca, Cannon, the BBC, Emirates airlines and the NHS, and well as a ranger of smaller businesses.

Research supervision:

David is currently supervising six doctoral candidates, and has supervised (as lead supervisor) ten doctoral candidates to completion, and have been invited to act as a PhD/DBA external examiner on six occasions.


David teaches on a range of undergraduate, masters, MBA and executive courses in the areas of organisational behaviour, managing people, and the management of change.

People Work and Organizations
Organizational Change

Human Resource Development
Management of Change

Managing People
Managerial and Professional Development
Management of Change

Critiquing Management Research

Executive Education
Managing People
Management of Change

Industries / professions:

Public and private sector
Human Resource Management
Research and development

Professional affiliations:

Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Academy of Management (USA)
Member the British Academy of Management (BAM)

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