David Grant's primary area of research is organisational discourse, particularly in relation to organisational change. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2008 and is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Management Centre, Kings College, London. He is also co-director of the International Centre for Research on Organisational Discourse Strategy and Change. The Centre links colleagues at the University of Sydney with leading researchers at ten other institutions in North America, Europe and Australia.
David has published in a range of journals, including contributions to Academy of Management Review, Organization, Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Human Relations, The Journal of Management Studies, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, New Technology Work and Employment and Text. In addition David co-edited Metaphor and Organizations (1996, with Cliff Oswick), Organization Development: Metaphorical Explorations (1996, with Cliff Oswick) and Discourse and Organization (1998, with Tom Keenoy and Cliff Oswick). He is also co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Organizational Discourse (2004 with Cynthia Hardy, Cliff Oswick and Linda Putnam) which in 2005 received the US National Communication Association, Organizational Communications "Book of the Year" Award.
Since joining the University of Sydney in 2000, David has been a co-investigator on four Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research projects. Currently he is co-investigator on an ARC Linkage project that examines Human Resource Information Systems and the Strategic Significance of the HR Function in Australian workplaces. He is also involved in a number of collaborative research projects concerning managerial identities in complex organizations, new Organization Development practices and affective organizing.