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Department of Management

Professor David Bruce Allen

Professor David Bruce Allen

Emeretus Professor



Professor David Bruce Allen joined the University of Exeter Business School in September 2016, having previously been the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey, and from 2010 to 2015 the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law.

During his time at Surrey, David was Chair of the Executive Group of Surrey International Institute – DUFE, and had oversight for the University’s campus in Dalian, China, a joint academic partnership with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics.

David holds a BA in Political Science from Syracuse University, an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an MBA in Finance from New York University, and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

Amongst his academic honours, David has been a Fulbright Lecturer and was named in Business Week’s 100 top Business School Professors; in 2003 he won the EFMD Case Writing Award for ‘Xbox: It’s Time to Play’. He was a Teaching-writing Fellow at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and a Resident Filmmaker at the Sundance Film Institute. From 2007 – 2009, he was the author of the widely-read blog, ‘Strategy Op-Ed’.

As an entrepreneur, David has operated a trading company, and founded a banking consulting company and a film company, producing in 2000 the Spanish feature film ‘Zapping’ starring Paz Vega and Eduard Fernández. He also held executive posts in the construction and publishing industries. As a consultant and advisor, David has worked for numerous multinational firms including Banco Santander, Diageo, Pfizer, Deutsche Telecom, Telefonica, La Caixa, Eli Lilly, and Amadeus.

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Journal articles

Husted BW, Allen DB, Kock N (2012). Value Creation Through Social Strategy. Business & Society, 54(2), 147-186. Abstract.

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