See Reviews of David’s Two Books


Employee Morale:  Driving Performance in Challenging Times by David Bowles and Cary Cooper (released in 2009)



“This book is timely. Many organizations worldwide are now mired in “gloom and doom”. Using morale as the center piece, Bowles and Cooper lay out, in an engaging, readable and practical way, the consequences, of high morale and how to measure, develop and maintain it. The material is current and the case examples are excellent. I would highly recommend it for managers, consultants and business school management professors.” –

Ronald J Burke, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada

“High employee morale facilitates superior performance in organizations. Therefore this relevant and readable book is highly recommended for all managers of people.” –

Professor Greg Bamber, Director of Research, Department of Management, Monash University, Australia, and co-author of Up in the Air: How Airlines Can Improve Performance by Engaging their Employees, 2009

“Driving differential levels of employee morale is now seen by many as a prerequisite for organizational success. David and Cary skilfully examine the validity of the correlation and elegantly demonstrate how the subject has moved from the realms of ‘touchy-feely HR stuff’ to ‘mission critical’ for all organisational leaders. This is a must read for anyone facing the tricky task of sustaining high morale within their 21st century employee base.” –

Paul Chesworth, HR Director, Vodafone Europe“

This book is a must-read for every current or future member of senior and mid management who wishes to focus on sustainable out-performance of his or her organization rather than on quarterly results” –

Dr. Horst Heidsieck, Former CEO and current Board member of several German, Swiss and Luxembourg-based industrial and technology companies

The High Engagement Work Culture: Balancing ME and WE,  by David Bowles and Cary Cooper (released June/July 2012)



“The way we manage our employees has not kept pace with the changing nature of workplaces, growing competition and the changing attitudes of people at work. This mismatch is not sustainable; this is a vital topic for our ability to sustainably create wealth and for the wellbeing of our people. David Bowles and Cary Cooper have written an important book, at an important time on a vital topic.

The good news is that some (but all too few) organizations have risen to this challenge and are sustainably engaging their people while delivering great business outcomes. The current crisis has focused attention on this topic and has resulted in the UK government sponsored, employer led Task Force movement on this topic being well supported.  With thoughtful contributions such as this book, we have every opportunity to evolve a better way of working for the good of organizations, for the good of the country and for the wellbeing of our people.”

David MacLeod, Chairman, UK Employee Engagement Task Force

“Great read, there are many good examples that show how organizations can create a high engagement culture. It clearly describes how successful companies have achieved outstanding levels of performance by balancing me and we.”

Edward E. Lawler, Author of Management Reset: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness ; Professor at Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.

“David Bowles and Cary Cooper take us from the financial crash of 2008, through the ego, into culture, and offer the reader perspective and approaches to create high engagement by weaving “me” with “we”.  The authors offer depth and detail to understand and achieve engaging work cultures. The book is laced with specific examples and research from BMW and Whole Foods Market, among many other organizations, to shopping experiences in Germany. This is a book to be read together with the people where you work to create a culture where all will benefit from an improvement in the work place.

David Zinger, Founder and Host of The Employee Engagement Network (

“My personal experience from many years in practice tells me that a strong Corporate Culture is the driver for sustainable, profitable growth of a company.   Highly engaged employees create loyal customers and as a result great financial results.

This new book from David Bowles and Cary Cooper fully supports this experience with strong case studies, combined with a prescription for a more “balanced” form of capitalism which works for everyone, not just a few.

Dr. Pius Baschera, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hilti Corporation, Liechtenstein

The High Engagement Work Culture may be worth reading just for the opening chapter, in which the authors summarize the causes of the collapse of the financial services, residential mortgage, and housing markets in the U.S. To my knowledge, no one has taken a look at the symptomatology leading up to the 2008 crash from the perspective of Wall Street’s prevailing corporate culture, with the insights only these two authors can provide………..

The High Engagement Work Culture perhaps bridges….two extremes, offering a fascinating and important perspective into how organizational and industry cultures can benefit greatly — or, in the case of the Great Recession, bring to its knees — an economic super-power such as the United States. The authors have done an excellent job of laying the foundation for their thesis. There’s much here that can and should be applied to the larger debate about what kind of Capitalism the U.S. should practice in the future.”

Peter Smirniotopoulos  Development strategist, urban theorist, educator, opinion writer, author, and independent consultant.

(For Peter’s full review of the book which appeared in the Huffington Post, please see here.)