Alex Davda

BSc (Hons), MSc

Alex Davda is a business psychologist and client director at Ashridge, based in the Middle East. Alex has deep expertise in the application of psychometric instruments as methods for individuals and organisations to begin to assess their management and leadership capabilities, from high-potential talent to middle management and senior leadership. He has broad experience in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, supporting clients in the application of a range of innovative and often large-scale assessment and development approaches.

Alex’s specific research interests are in the areas of positive psychology, resilience and well-being at work. He is currently researching resilience in those deployed to challenging international contexts. He has published a number of research articles and a book chapter in this area and is a weekly columnist for the National Newspaper, an English language newspaper published in the U.A.E.

Before joining Ashridge, Alex worked as an assistant psychologist in the UK Prison Service, delivering cognitive behavioural programmes to offenders. 

Alex holds a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Occupational Psychology, and is currently training to be a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. Alex has also begun to learn Arabic to further his understanding and immersion in the region.

Alex Davda

Publications

Understanding and developing personal resilience

Flint-Taylor, J., and Davda, A. (2015) 'Understanding and developing personal resilience.' In R.J. Burke, K.M.Page, and C.L. Cooper (eds) Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers. Cheltenham; Edward Elgar. pp67-82

Who overrates, who underrates? Personality and its link to leadership success

Bergner, S., Davda, A., Culpin, V., & Rybnicek, R. (2015). Who overrates, who underrates? Personality and its link to leadership success. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Stable personal attributes and a resilient approach to work and career

Flint-Taylor, J., Davda, A. and Cooper, C.L. (2014) Stable personal attributes and a resilient approach to work and career. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 40(1) http://www.sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1137

NHS Leaders show courage under fire

Davda, A. & Lubitsh, G. (2014) 'NHS Leaders show courage under fire', Health Service Journal, April 2014.

Management Development - How to improve your personal resilience

Alex Davda and Vicki Culpin explain ten ways that managers can strengthen themselves and their organisations and improve their personal resilience through some day to day strategies

Culpin, V. & Davda, A. (2012) Management Development - How to improve your personal resilience, Public Finance, November

Personal Resilience: shaping the work experiences of today's middle manager

Davda, A. (2012) Personal Resilience: shaping the work experiences of today's middle manager, HR Most Influential, 10 February

The Practical Applications of the Links Between Personality and Self-Awareness in a Coaching Situation

Davda, A., & Deakin P. (2012) The Practical Applications of the Links Between Personality and Self-Awareness in a Coaching Situation, Presentation at the British Psychological Societies, Division of Occupational Psychology, Annual Conference, Chester, January

Practical Tips for Personal Resilience

Davda, A. (2012) Practical Tips for Personal Resilience, Presentation at the British Psychological Societies, Division of Occupational Psychology, Annual Conference, Chester, January

Early insights into resilience from both research and practice

The article provides an early insight into work conducted at Ashridge Business School on resilience, in terms of the key areas highlighted in our research that support personal resilience at work. The article also reaches out to the Occupational Psychology community for insights, challenges and thoughts around the role of resilience in organisations.

Davda, A. (2011) Early insights into resilience from both research and practice, Occupational Psychology Matters, No. 13, pp. 7 - 8

Co-operative values and resilience

Following the publication of The UK Co-operative economy 2011 which shows the resilience of the co-operative sector, Alex Davda of Ashridge Business School explains the link between co-operative values and resilience.

Davda, A. (2011) Co-operative values and resilience, blog for Co-operative Group

Measuring resilience: A pilot study

The article looks at the theoretical underpinnings and empirical development of the Ashridge Resilience Questionnaire (ARQ) as a measure of resilience, based around seven resilient attitudes.

Davda, A. (2011) Measuring resilience: A pilot study, Assessment & Development Matters, Autumn, pp. 11 - 14

A pilot study into measuring resilience, edited version

Davda, A. (2011) A pilot study into measuring resilience, edited version, Ashridge report, March

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A pilot study into measuring resilience

Davda, A. (2011) A pilot study into measuring resilience, Ashridge report, March

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MBTI Research into Distribution of Type (2nd edition)

This report presents the data of 22,000 managers who have completed the MBTI at Ashridge. The type tables look at gender, industry and country of origin differences in the type distribution of managers.

Carr, M., Curd, J., Dent, F., Davda, A. & Piper, N. (2011) MBTI Research into Distribution of Type (2nd edition), Ashridge Research, October

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