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Doctor David Cross

Dr David Cross

 PhD, MSc, BA
Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Self-employment
  • Commitment
  • HR Profession

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Dr David Cross is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.

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.