Damian graduated from the University of Warwick in 1991 with a Masters degree in Industrial Relations. He was employed from 1991 as a Lecturer in Human Resource Management in the Business School at DeMontfort University before joining the Organizational Analysis Group in The Manchester School of Management, UMIST in October 1999. Damian has written and published in the areas of human resource management, organization theory, and labour process analysis. He is currently working on papers concerned with the question of manners, taste and etiquette in management practice and he is also working on a major new textbook treating ethnography in business and management. Damian is the director of the Manchester Ethnography Network centred at the Alliance Manchester Business School and in 2017 took on the role of conference chair to host a major international conferece on ethnography in business and management at the University of Manchester. Damian also hosts a working postructuralism reading group in the School, which provides a forum for academics to read and discuss the work of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bataille, Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuxe and Guattari, and to study ways they might applied to questions of management and organization. Future developments include work on issues around sloth, ennui, and psychosis in organization, and has a growing interest in reflexity in organization analysis.
Various undergraduate and postgraduate module leadership and teaching responsibilities. Currently teaching a final year undergraduate module called 'Transformational Leadership', which introduces students to advanced developments in radical existential and post-existential continental philosophy. These subjects open up work organization to a complex series of political and social dynamics not normally considered within mainstream business and management studies and in ways that encourage us to think how practice in management and organization might be re-developed and revitalised. Damian has also supervised 12 doctoral students through to completion and is currently supervising another 4.