Dr David Beech

Salford Business School

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Contact Details

Room 331
Maxwell Building
Salford Business School
43 Crescent
M5 4WT

Current positions

Lecturer Organisational Develop &Lead


David is a UK registered occupational psychologist and a Lecturer in Organisational Development and Leadership at Salford Business School.

David lectures and supports practical learning in all aspects of organisational behaviour and human resource management, mostly on postgraduate qualification programmes, e.g., Executive MBA and MSc Human Resource Management. He has in-depth expertise in: leadership, engagement and motivation; work design, organisational development and change; learning, training and development.

David has practical knowledge and experience of all aspects of human resource management and organisational behaviour. In the UK he has worked as a line manager, human resource manager, and senior manager in the private, public, and voluntary sectors. David has worked internationally both as a Management Consultant in business psychology, human resource management, and organisational effectiveness and in Executive Education as a Client and Programme Director designing and facilitating experiential learning in leadership and organisational change and development. This includes design and implementation of leadership development initiatives for the main board and top 100 managers of leading international companies, for UK NHS primary care directors, and for developing social enterprise capabilities and strengthening community leadership skills for UK primary and secondary schools.

David is a Chartered Psychologist and a member of the Institute of Directors; he is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

David’s research focuses on developing an applied theory of results centred leadership and leadership skills that delivers continuous improvements in performance, learning, innovation, and renewal outcomes for sustainable competitive productivity and human flourishing and creativity. He has researched extensively both general and cross-cultural leadership skills and competencies.

Areas of Research

Applied theory of leadership
Leadership skills and competencies
Governance of leadership decision-making
Leadership and collective action
Leadership and power


Executive MBA: organisational behaviour, human resource management, leadership and change
MSc Human Resource Management
MSc International Business: Cross-cultural leadership skills

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PG Cert in Academic Practice

    2016 - 2017
  • Extra Mural Cert in Community Leadership

    2008 - 2009
  • DPhil Cross-cultural social psychology of leadership behaviour

    2000 - 2008
  • MSc Occupational Psychology/Organisational Behaviour

    1990 - 1992
  • BSc (Jt. Hons.) Psychology & Sociology with Philosophy

    1978 - 1981
  • PG Dip in Management Studies

    1977 - 1978