Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour
David started his working life 400 yards from Cass in what was then Britannic House, headquarters of BP (now City Point), working on simulation and data retrieval projects. He became fascinated by the way in which political factors dominated the technical factors with which these projects purported to deal. He followed this interest with an MA in Organization Studies at Leeds, and a PhD at Bath on problem construction in teams. For the next 20 years at Bath he developed research, teaching and consulting interests on the organizational implications of problem construction, managing complex situations, cognitive mapping, mental rehearsal, management learning and finally agenda reformation. He was Editor for five years of Management Learning, one of the most highly cited of all non-American management journals. He had one year's remission from Bath for good behaviour, as Senior Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore.
He has been a consultant in organizations in the oil, power, computer, publishing, airline, hotel, public relations, aircraft manufacturing and engineering industries, as well as to public sector organizations in the UK and abroad. He moved to Brunel University in 1995 as Professor of Management, and became founding Head of the School of Business and Management there in 1996. His recent research interests have been in management as storytelling, on understanding the identity and learning of managers as storytellers, and on developing the implications of this for leadership in organizations.
In Cass Business School he has been Associate Dean for the MBA Programmes and was then for three years Head of the Faculty of Management as well as Director of the Centre for Leadership, Learning and Change. He was for seven years a member of the Executive Committee of Cass Business School, during which time the School gained triple accreditation and was often ranked within the top 10 in the world for Executive MBA programmes, on which he regularly taught. He took early retirement at the end of 2010 to expand his horizons, and is now Emeritus Professor.
BA (CNAA), MA (Leeds) and PhD (Bath).
Leadership by AHPs in the Health Service
Improvisation in music and organizations