David Flude

Acting Head of Department

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership

David's responsibilities include coordinating and leading income generation and research opportunities, in partnership with other key stakeholders. He is also a principal lecturer specialising in corporate strategy and leadership.

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At ARU, David undertakes work internationally, including delivering guest lectures, moderation, agent representation, student recruitment events and delivery of bespoke training courses.

Before joining our University, David spent 12 years as a senior manager in the Police service. He was responsible for a range of engineering and logistics functions along with developing strategic and collaborative partnerships including the MOD, Civil Service, Secret Service and commercial entities. He also was a bronze commander for major incidents, and worked collaboratively with a range of high-level government ministries.

David has always had a great interest in research and academic development and it was during this time he completed an Honours Degree and an MBA. Both degree research dissertations delivered both cashable and non-cashable efficiency savings into the organisation. Having thoroughly enjoyed participating in and completing his MBA, he wished to continue his academic and professional development. David was awarded, by the National Policing Improvement Agency, a Bramshill PhD Research Fellowship to conduct research into a topical emerging Police-related subject.

Research interests

PhD Thesis Title: An Investigation into the Prevalence and Effects of Transcultural Relativism in Police Back Office Collaborative Ventures

  • Organisational strategy
  • Collaborative working in the Public Sector
  • Culture and Collaboration in the Police Services

David's chosen area of research interest is ameliorating the influences of organisational collaborative cultures, particularly the effects of transcultural relativism in collaborative organisational subgroups. The influences of transcultural relativism pervades through organisations and its characteristics influence the intended performance outcomes and benefits realisation plans.

Areas of research supervision

  • Management and Leadership in the Police Service
  • Organisational Cultural Issues within Police Service
  • The Management of Organisational Cultures in Collaborative Ventures in the Police Service


Within his current role David is also Senior Lecturer, delivering a wide range of Corporate Strategy and Leadership courses on undergraduate, postgraduate and professional accreditation programmes. He has also created and delivered a wide range of bespoke programmes for clients, both in the UK and globally.


  • BA (Hons), University of East Anglia
  • MBA, University of East Anglia
  • PhD Post Confirmation of Candidature, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PhD Viva, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Bramshill PhD Fellowship

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Management Institute

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Russian Railways
  • Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
  • Devon and Cornwall Police

Selected recent publications

Journal Papers under Construction

  • Ameliorating the influence of transcultural relativism within collaborative ventures
  • Developing performance management systems within virtual collaborative environments
  • Constructing an infrastructure of Intelligence led management systems within competitive environments

Recent presentations and conferences

Conference and Presentation. CIPFA, Journal of Finance in the Public Sector 2009.

Media experience

Media trained to deliver commentary across strategic management issues concerning the Public Sector, especially the Police Service.