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David Wren

Dr David Wren PhD, MSc, BSc, ACIPD


I am a senior lecturer within the business school, and started teaching in 2013.

My PhD was on "Cultures of Performance and Reward in UK Employee-Owned Businesses", and researched the organisational culture of different forms of employee ownership within the UK.

Previously, I was a customer service manager in Royal Mail and for a privately-owned American multinational, both operating in the IT sector. My interests are responsible management and societal transformation through the social economy.

  • About


    • 2017: PhD, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2011: MSc Human Resource Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2011: Associate - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Other
    • 1986: BSc Mathematics, University of Sheffield

    Teaching expertise

    • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management


    • Human Resource Management / Organisational Behaviour

    Industry Links

    • Associate member of the CIPD

  • Teaching

    Department of Management

    Sheffield Business School

    Sheffield Business School


    2015 to 2016: People and Organisations in Context, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Publications

    Key Publications

    Wren, D. (2016). Cultures of performance and reward in UK employee-owned businesses. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ridley-Duff, R.

    Journal articles

    Ridley-duff, R., Wren, D., & Mcculloch, M. (n.d.). Wealth, Social Enterprise and the FairShares Model. Journal of Human Welfare Studies, TBC (TBC).

    Book chapters

    Ridley-Duff, R., & Wren, D. (n.d.). Social Enterprise, Sustainable Development and the FairShares Model. In Yamamoto, T., & Yagihashi, K. (Eds.) Social Enterprise. Kyoto, Japan: Horitsu Bunka


    Ridley-Duff, R., Schmidtchen, R., Arnold-Schaarschmidt, M., Vuković, S., Wendling, N., Klercq, J., ... Károly, J. (2018). Methodology for Creating a FairShares Lab (Full Report). FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation (Erasmus+ Project).


    Wren, D. (2015). Workforce participation: learning from the cooperative sector.

    De Normanville, C., Wren, D., & Ridley-Duff, R. (2015). Workforce participation : learning from the co-operative sector. Presented at: 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, Helsinki

    Wren, D. (2013). The interaction between Human Resource practice and Organisational Culture within Employee Owned Businesses.

  • Other activities

    Prize or best paper

    • 2011: HRM student of the year 2010/11, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Postgraduate supervision

    MSc supervision 

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