Contact Dr Robby Allen


Dr Robert A Allen is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence Management and Leadership (CDS, Shrivenham Campus) and Director of Management and Leadership MSc (School of Management, Bedfordshire).

Dr. Allen holds a PhD from the University of South Wales (in expert mimicry) and Master’s of Science degree in procurement from University of Glamorgan. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PG Cert in teaching. He is a member of University Senate and an Academic Conduct Officer. He has a diploma in anxiety and phobia counselling. 

He is Centre for Defence Management and Leadership lead on Organisational Behaviour and neurodiversity. He has taught on a overseas programmes including the Baltic Defence College and the MDWSC programme.

Prior to joining Cranfield, Robby was and Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for Procurement and Supply Chain at the University of Gloucestershire. Teaching in the UK and Kazahkstan. Robby entered academia from the UK Ministry of Defence where he served in various posts in the UK and Germany over a 24-year period.  Roles included: Commercial Strategy Lead for Future Submarines (Nuclear Deterrent); Assistant Head of Commercial Policy; Internal Consultant Information and Systems and Services (ISS); British Forces Germany Health Service Procurement; and CRBE (REME) and Project JADE Commercial Lead (Second Gulf war). He has also held concurrent roles in project manager and was a Harassment Investigation Officer (HIO). He was First Lieutenant at MOD-Sponsored Cadet Forces (Sea Cadet unit TS TIGER).

Outside of the University he owns a micro record label specialising in developing and recording unsigned artists and singer-songwriter.

Research opportunities

I am currently working in a number of fields related to organisational behaviour and encourage applications in regards to:

Neurodiversity  (a cognitive process that covers a variety of conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome, Tourette syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)) I am particularly interested in those wanting to examine how the neurodiverse manage within their working life. 

Impression Management (the behavioural strategies that people use to create desired social images or identities). I am particularly interested in those seeking to further IM theory relating to leadership and followership.

Universal/General Darwinism (extending the principles of Darwinism beyond the original domain of biological evolution). I am particularly interested in its application across management and leadership and human behaviours. 

Current activities

Current areas of inetrest fall into two main categories:

In the area of Social Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Dr Allen is working on neurodiversity in the workplace and in military veterans; anxiety, the perception of expertise; and the effect on behaviour of threat/stress within the workplace.



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Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • White GRT, Allen RA, Samuel A, Taylor D, Thomas R & Jones P (2022) The ecosystem of UK social entrepreneurship: a meta-analysis of contemporary studies. In: Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Emerald Publishing.