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Dr David Cross BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

Dr David Cross

Dr David Cross is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.


David holds a PhD in Management from the University of Bath School of Management where he also gained an MSc in Management. As an undergraduate he read History and Sociology at the University of Warwick. Before joining Southampton he was a Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath.

David investigates the relationship between work, organisations, and self-employed individuals. This is primarily the context of independent professionals such as consultants and using theoretical lenses such as commitment, liminality, professional work, and intellectual capital (human and social capital).

He has published in journals such as the Human Resource Management Journal and Organization Studies and presented papers at international conferences, including the Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Meeting where he won a best paper award, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquiums, and smaller workshops on HRM and OB.  He has won awards for his public engagement work and appeared on local radio and ITV as a specialist on self-employment. He is an academic member of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) based in London.

Prior to academia he served as a commissioned officer in the Pilot Branch of the Royal Air Force and has worked in both civilian and uniformed roles for Avon and Somerset Police.



Centre for Research on Work and Organisations

Staff Member

Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Research interests

Consulting, professions, independent work, self-employment, liminality, commitment, visual methods.

PhD supervision:

I am currently supervising PhD students at various stages and welcome applications from motivated and high-quality students who are aligned with my research interests.


I am the Undergraduate Academic Integrity Officer for the Business School. 

I am a reviewer at the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management Journal, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Huma Resource management, the British Journal of Management and more.


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Book Chapters


I lead:

  • MANG1003 Introduction to Management
  • MANG1021 Ideas that Shape the Business World 2: Markets and Consumers.

I supervise dissertations at the Undergraduate and Masters level.



Dr David Cross
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number : 2/4047

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