About David

David has an international reputation for his research on leadership in extreme contexts, organisational resilience and high-reliability organisations. He has also been responsible for redefining evidence-based practice and application in business and management studies.

He is Director of Research at Cranfield School of Management, Vice Chair of the British Academy of Management, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College.

David has a proven track record in accessing research grants. He obtained a prestigious Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) / ESRC Fellowship, secured grant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and has been part of research teams funded by the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation and the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

He has made a substantial contribution outside academia through strategic and policy advisory roles. He worked with senior leaders in public, private and voluntary sectors to develop safety leadership and organise for high reliability. His work was selected by the Academy of Social Sciences as an exemplar of social science research that has made a difference to policy and practice. His work was also selected by the ESRC as an exemplar of excellence in research impact. In 2012, HR Magazine voted David the UK’s ‘Most Influential Thinker’.

David consults, writes and speaks  about:

You can review his  publications here (via Google Scholar).

Impact: Working across a range of sectors and organizations, he has helped senior leaders to establish strategic direction, implement change and deliver sustained high performance.

He designs, facilitates and delivers compelling learning events for senior executives.

His recent research on how organizations can better respond to adverse events was selected by the Academy of Social Sciences as an exemplar of social science research that has made a difference to policy and practice.

He was voted HR magazine’s 2012  “Most Influential UK Thinker”.  Voters comments included:

“Outstanding work on high reliability and safety leadership”

“Pioneering evidence-based management worldwide”

“Great application of theory into practice”

“I have changed the way I approach organisational change after working with him – and it has produced fantastic results”

“Rapid understanding of issues and deep dive thinking make him a valuable asset to any organisation”

Career brief

Qualifications: PhD, Policy Change, Governance and Partnership, Loughborough University 1997 – 2001; BSc, Recreation Management, First Class, Loughborough University 1994 – 1997; International Teachers Programme 2006; Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2007. International Teachers Programme (2006).

Appointments: Vice Chair of the British Academy of Management 2013-present; Fellow of the Advanced Institute for Management Research (AIM) 2009-present; Associate, by invitation, of the UK Evidence Network 2002-2007; Founding member of the International Evidence-based Management Collaborative 2008-; Associate Editor, Journal of Evidence and Policy 2009- 2011; Associate Editor, International Journal of Management Reviews 2009- 2012; Consulting Editor, International Journal of Management Reviews 20012- present; member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Peer Review College 2010-present. Academic Fellow Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Academic FCIPD).

Funding: AIM/ESRC Social Research Council, Grant reference: ES/G037825/1 2009-2012; Principal Investigator EPSRC/IMRC 53 2003 – 2005; Co-Investigator EPSRC/IMRC 19 2005 – 2006; Co-investigator NHS National Institute for Health Research SDO Research Programme 2009-2012.

Awards: His recent research on how organizations can better respond to adverse events was selected by the Academy of Social Sciences as an exemplar of social science research that has made a difference to policy and practice. He was voted HR magazine’s 2012 “HR Most Influential UK Thinker”.  Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Achievements: Returned as research active RAE 2008, 2014.High quality and rate of output in a variety of outlets with high academic impact often with co-authors of leading international standing. Teaching includes customised executive development, MBA, Specialist Masters, PhD and DBA programmes. Shapes and contributes to networks of UK and international scholars. Impacts practice and policy by engaging with senior executives and policy makers. Builds research capacity by supporting colleagues and helping to develop the next generation of researchers. Drives, manages and implements change within the University including REF preparedness, postgraduate teaching standards and the quality of doctoral training. Six completed doctoral supervisions.

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