Dr. David Vickers

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

School of Management

Greenbank Building, GR252

+44 (0) 1772 89 4641

Subject Areas: Human Resource Management

David is Course Leader for Part Time CIPD courses (Diploma HRM, Postgraduate Diploma HRM) and MA HRM. He has 18 years’ experience in a variety of HR roles prior to moving into academia and is an active researcher.

Full Profile

David has more than 18 years’ experience as a senior HR practitioner having worked for ICI, GEC Plessey Telecommunications and other organisations. In one role he managed the provision of HR services to 2,500 employees across 6 businesses and was a HR Business Partner before Ulrich invented the term.

David’s research interests include self-ethnography, communities of practice theory, actor-network theory, small business management as well as Human Resources.

David is qualified to use a range of psychometric and personality instruments and has extensive consultancy and knowledge transfer experience. For example he has conducted major skills studies in both the Advanced Manufacturing and Nuclear sectors; job evaluation scheme design for Trinity Mirror Newspapers; worked for Police organisations (SOCA and CEOP) and a number of small business interventions .


1. Vickers, D; (2014) Future Skills Requirements for the Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Sectors on the Fylde, commissioned by Manufacturing and Process Sector Skills Group, Local Economic Partnership (Lancashire).

2. Vickers, D. A. (2012). ‘A comparative study of manufacturing managers’ competencies in Taiwan and the UK’, Cross Cultural Management – An International Journal. 20, 3, 386-40.

3. Vickers, D and Fox, S (2010) ‘Towards practice-based studies of HRM: An Actor-Network and Communities of Practice informed approach’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21, 6, May, 899–914.

4. Vickers, D; (2008) ‘Beyond the Hegemonic Narrative - A Study of managers’, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 21, 5, 560-573.

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Research Activities

Currently conducting studies in HRM profession and practice; Small Business HRM and self-ethnographic work

Teaching Activities

David is course leader for part time professional CIPD programmes and teaches research methods on two programmes and a variety of HRM and HRD topic areas.

External Roles

Reviewer for Personnel Review , Leadership and Journal of Organizational Change Management

National Upgrade Assessor for CIPD

David is a national assessor for CIPD’s academic membership route.


David is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered FCIPD) and has been since 2000. He has been a Member since 1987. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2001.