Dr Martin Goodman


I am a former HR career professional who has worked extensively in the UK, France and elsewhere as an HR director, management consultant and interim. In a career of more than 40 years I have worked for some 70 organisations, including major global businesses, government departments and international inter-governmental agencies.

I hold a PhD from the University of Leeds where I researched contemporary French storytelling on workplace bullying in novels, films and plays. I also hold Masters’ degrees in Comparative Literature (Birkbeck College, London) and Management Studies (Durham), as well as a diplôme approfondi de langue française from the French Ministry of National Education.

I am a former Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development and currently I am a member of the International Asssociation on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH). I have spoken at conferences – recently remotely for the IAWBH and in Leeds, Bordeaux and Aalborg.

I have a life-long interest in theatre and am a former Chair of one of the UK’s oldest community theatres, the Abbey Theatre in St Albans, just north of London. I am also a Trustee of the Young People’s Puppet Theatre.

My recent publications include The Bastard in le Bureau: Universal lessons from three modern French plays (Kindle, 2021) and Bastards at Work; Universal Lessons on Bullying from Contemporary French Storytelling (Peter Lang, 2021). I am currntly working on a translation of a Feydeau farce.

Research interests

I have a particualr interest in how psychological violence, as a form of bullying, is portrayed in stories about the workplace – and how this knowledge can be used to inform and educate managers.

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