Dr. David Vickers

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Greenbank Building, GR139

+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 senior HR roles in major multinationals prior to moving into academia and is an active researcher.

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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 at-home ethnography, actor-network theory, critical HRM, communities of practice theory, small business management as well as 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.


  • Ph.D. Management Learning, Lancaster University, 2005
  • M.A. Management Learning, Lancaster University, 1997
  • Graduate Diploma Personnel Management, Leicester Polytechnic, 1987
  • B.A. Honours Business Studies, 1984

Membership of professional and learned bodies:

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.


Vickers, D. (2019 forthcoming), Inside Management – Studying Organisational Practices, Palgrave Pivot.

Vickers, D.A, Moore, A., and Vickers, L. (2018) "Performative narrative and actor-network theory – a study of a hotel in administration", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 26 Issue: 5, pp.972-983, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-03-2018-1385

Vickers, D. A. (2018 early cite online) "At-home ethnography: a method for practitioners", Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-02-2017-1492

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).

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Research Activities

  • Currently writing a book entitled Inside ManagementStudying Organisational Practices.

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

  • Trustee (Director) of a Scottish Community Development Charity which has more than 700 members.
  • National Ethics Adviser for CIPD.
  • David is also a national assessor for CIPD’s academic membership route.