David Thomas Henderson Weir

Biography of David Thomas Henderson Weir

David Thomas Henderson Weir (1939-) was Professor of Organisational Behaviour from 1975 to 1989, Head of the Department of Management Studies from 1980 to 1989, and Dean of the Scottish Business School from 1977 to 1979. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and won a Hastings Scholarship and the Sir William Akroyd’s Scholarship to The Queens College Oxford from where he graduated with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1960 and the post-graduate Diploma in Public and Social Administration in 1961. His great grandfather James Johnstone Weir graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1878 and practised as a doctor in the Gallowgate.

During his period as Head of Management Studies the work of the Department increased considerably and it became established as a leading player in UK management education: the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme, established in 1976 to be studied on a part-time basis, was the first of its kind to be offered in any UK University. He was an active member of the Committee of Inquiry into the engineering profession (Finniston Committee, from 1976 to 1979), an arbitrator for the Dairy industry in Scotland, member of the Sociology Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council, member of the Teaching Company Management Committee of the Science and Engineering Research Council, and a member of the Council of National Academic Awards. He was one of the founders of the British Academy of Management in 1987. He is a Burgess of the city of Glasgow and craftsman of the Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow.

He moved from Glasgow in 1989 to become Director of the University of Bradford Management School which, under his direction, was rated as first in the UK in 1992 when it achieved the top rating for research in the Research Assessment Exercise. He was Chairman of the Association of Business Schools representing all University Business Schools in the UK. Subsequently he became Dean and Director of the Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University and held posts in French Grandes Écoles and as Visiting Professor in several universities including Lancaster.


David Thomas Henderson Weir

Born 1939.
University Link: Head of School, Professor
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Record last updated: 12th Mar 2015

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  • Head of School
  • Professor


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