David Mankin grew up in the Berkshire market town of Newbury before moving on to study Modern History at Oxford University in the mid-1970s. He worked in a variety of roles for a number of organisations before embarking on an academic career. He has a PhD in Knowledge Management and is particularly interested in the relationship between formal and informal learning processes and how this impacts on organisational performance. He has taught a range of subjects at a number of universities as a full-time or part-time lecturer; these subjects include human resource management/development, knowledge management, business strategy, and strategic leadership. Since 2009 he has worked on a semi-retired basis dividing his time between writing and on-line tuition.