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Dr David Beech
Dr David Beech
postal addressRoom 323, Maxwell Building, Salford Business School, University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom, M5 4WT.
Key Memberships
Member of School: Salford Business School
From April 2014 to present.
Full Member of Research Centre: Business and Management Research Centre
From September 2015 to present.
Member of College: College of Business & Law
From April 2014 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

 Dr David Beech is a social psychologist researching the political economy of leadership, including (to paraphrase Karl Popper) ‘how to stop leaders doing too much damage’.

More generally Dr Beech researches collective action using a social representations perspective from social psychology and an institutional perspective from a Generalised Darwinian (biological/biocultural naturalism) and interdisciplinary approach to social science.

More specifically Dr Beech researches leadership as a mechanism for mobilising, coordinating, governing, and evolving collective action for constituency benefits in evolving conditions. Accordingly Dr Beech has a keen interest in the implications of rigorous scientific research on collective action for human survival and flourishing.

Dr Beech’s core discipline is social psychology and I welcome applications to study for a PhD from students interested in leadership science utilising one or a mixture of biological, intrapersonal, interpersonal, relational, group, and institutional orientations to leadership behaviour and its effects.

I can advise and support students with quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approaches to generating new evidence based knowledge either about leadership or about the wider subject of collective action within the discipline of organisation science.

Key Qualifications
Differentiating between collaboration and decision making as predictors of leadership effectiveness: a four nation study.
Research: evaluating the application of the Work Profiling System of job analysis to general manager job roles.
Two areas of specialist expertise: learning and development; assessment and selection.
Joint honours degree in psychology and sociology. Research: evaluation of 2 day version of Adair's Action Centred Leadereship training programme.
Key Presence
Conference Organisation

 Joint track chair for Leadership and Leadership Development track at British Academy of Management Annual Conference


 Designed, organised, and chaired first research methods pre-conference workshop (half day) for the International Leadership Association in partnership with the British Academy of Management at the ILA London Conference Oc... more >>.

Honorary Posts (e.g. Visiting Appointments)

 Design and delivery of Organisational Behaviour module on a part-time executive MBA each year since 2009 (Fri & Sat x 2 in Aug & Sep).

Invited Papers and Lectures

 Updated version of 2010 working paper: A general theoretical framework for leadership science.