Dr David Atkinson is both an award-winning researcher and a practitioner of enterprise and entrepreneurship in their widest sense. His monograph, Thinking the Art of Management, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007. With a new book project nearing submission, his interest in applied philosophy accompanies 15+ years commercial, entrepreneurial and organisational leadership experience, built on an extensive career as a communications and IT & systems analyst, consultant project engineer and manager in public service. With one of his more recent ventures, he held a position in the StartUps.co.uk ‘Top 100 startups to watch’. for three consecutive years.
David is openly, and proudly autistic. In 2000, he embarked on an academic journey while engaging in business creation. Since 2018, he has been working part-time in academia, where his neuro-divergent free-thinking and curious nature have been central to what and how he achieves what he does. His focus in his new book project is on developing his past and current research and experience of embedding critical philosophical approaches to sensemaking about the reality of capitalist enterprise. This offers potential benefits to understanding our place within the moral, social and political dimensions of socio-economic organisational praxis.
In short: David thinks critically about our emergence in an uncertain world of socio-economic, enterprising work.