Dr Scott Taylor

Dr Scott Taylor

Department of Management
Director of Undergraduate Programmes
Reader in Leadership & Organization Studies

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Scott Taylor joined the School in April 2013. He previously worked at Essex, Exeter, and Loughborough universities, and at Birmingham from 2002 to 2007. Scott is currently Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the School. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Organization, and is serving as Past Chair of the Critical Management Studies division at the Academy of Management 2016-17.


MA (Arts), University of Glasgow

MA (Human Resource Management), University of Bolton

PhD (Management), Manchester Metropolitan University


Scott’s research is based on generating better understandings of the human experience of work, management, and organizations. He started by researching people management in smaller companies. Alongside that he analysed the implementation of the Investors in People training initiative, in the UK and elsewhere. He has a long-standing interest in the interplay of religious or spiritual belief and organization, for example in spiritual management development programmes, the holistic health sector, and in belief-led multinationals such as Wal-Mart. He is currently analysing data collected during two collaborative projects, on women brewing in the craft beer sector, and the implementation of quotas to increase the representation of women in politics.


Critical Integration in Management 07 28070

Organisation Studies: Past, present and future 07 28229

Personal, Professional and Academic Development 07 28830

Postgraduate supervision

Susanne Evans, narratives of change in organizations

Sabina Nitu, religion and spirituality in smaller companies

Alison Norris, symbolism and gender in computerised work


  • Contemporary feminism in workplaces
  • Craft work
  • Quotas in organizations and professions

Other activities

Journal of Business Ethics, Section Editor for ‘Leadership: Philosophical, theoretical, qualitative issues’, January 2018 on.

Guest co-editor special issue of Human Relations, on ‘Organizing feminism’.

Organization, associate editor 2016 on.

Academy of Management Learning & Education, editorial board member 2017-2020.

External examiner Lancaster University Management School, undergraduate programmes in Management, September 2017 on.


Bell, E., Mangia, G., Taylor, S. & Toraldo, M.L. (eds) (forthcoming) The Organization of Craft Work: Identities, meanings and materiality. New York: Routledge.

Chertkovskaya, E., Korczynski, M. & Taylor, S. (forthcoming) ‘The consumption of work: Representations and interpretations of the meaning of work at a UK university’, Organization.

Carroll, B., Firth, J., Ford, J. & Taylor, S. (forthcoming) ‘The social construction of leadership studies: Representations of rigour and relevance in textbooks’, Leadership.

Land, C. & Taylor, S. (2018) ‘Access’, in Cassell, C., Cunliffe, A. & Grandy, G. (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Business and Management. London: Sage.

Durepos, G., McKinlay, A. & Taylor, S. (2017) ‘Narrating histories of women at work: Archives, stories, and the promise of feminism’, Business History, 59(8): 1261-1279. 

Taylor, S. & Young, A. (2017) ‘Leadership: Classic theories to contemporary concepts’, in Curtis, E. & Cullen, J. (eds) Leadership and Changes for the Health Professional. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Young, A. & Taylor, S. (2015) ‘Organizing and managing ecofeminism: Material manifestations of spiritual principles in business’, in Phillips, M. & Rumens, N. (eds) Contemporary Perspectives on Ecofeminism. Abingdon: Routledge.

Taylor, S. (2015) ‘Critical hermeneutics for critical organizational history’, in McLaren, P., Mills, A. & Weatherbee, T. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Management & Organizational History. Abingdon: Routledge.

Bell, E., Meriläinen, S, Taylor, S. & Tienari, J. (2015) ‘An ethic of care within Critical Management Studies?’, in Prasad, A., Prasad, P., Mills, A. & Helms-Mills, J. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies. Abingdon: Routledge. 

Carroll, B., Ford, J. & Taylor, S. (eds) (2015) Leadership: Critical Contemporary Perspectives. London: Sage.

Bell, E. & Taylor, S. (2015) ‘Spirituality’, in Greenwood, M., Mir, R. & Willmott, H. (eds) Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies. London: Routledge. 

Bell, E. & Taylor, S. (2014) ‘Uncertainty in the study of belief: The risks and benefits of methodological agnosticism’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 17(5): 543-557.

Taylor, S. & Land, C. (2014) ‘Organizational anonymity and the negotiation of research access’, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 9(2): 98-109. 

Land, C. & Taylor, S. (2014) ‘The good old days yet to come: Postalgic times for the new spirit of capitalism’, Management & Organizational History, 9(2): 202-219.

Bell, E. & Taylor, S. (2013) ‘Believing in a pragmatist business ethic: The Christian Association of Business Executives’, in Kelemen, M. & Rumens, N. (eds) American Pragmatism and Organization Studies: Researching management practice. Aldershot: Gower.

Bell, E., Taylor, S. & Driscoll, C. (2012) ‘Varieties of organizational soul: The critical potential of belief in organizations’, Organization, 19(4): 425-439. 

Young, A., Adarves-Yorno, I. & Taylor, S. (2012) ‘Keeping the faith: Belonging to the critical community’, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 28(3): 242-249.

Bell, E., Cullen, J. and Taylor, S. (2012) ‘Sustainability and the spiritual work ethic’, in Case, P., Höpfl, H. and Letiche, H. (eds) Organization and Belief. London: Palgrave. 

Taylor, S. and Bell, E. (2011) ‘The promise of re-enchantment: Organizational culture and the spirituality at work movement’, in Boje, D., Burnes, B. and Hassard, J. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change. Abingdon: Routledge.  

Bell, E. and Taylor, S. (2011) ‘Beyond letting go and moving on: New perspectives on organizational death, loss and grief’, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 27(1): 1-10. 

Bolden, R., Hawkins, B., Gosling, J. and Taylor, S. (2011) Exploring Leadership: Individual, organizational and societal perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Marlow, S., Taylor, S. and Thompson, A. (2010) ‘Informality and formality in medium-sized companies: Co-dependency and the constitution of order’, British Journal of Management, 21(4): 954-966. 

Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Gendering the homeopathic milieu: A critical realist analysis of homeopathic work’, Gender, Work and Organization, 17(4):454-474.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Surf’s up: Life, work, balance and brand in a New Age capitalist organization’, Sociology, 44(3): 395-413.

Taylor, S., Bell, E., Grugulis, I., Storey, J. and Taylor, L. (2010) ‘Politics and power in training and learning: The rise and fall of NHS University’, Management Learning, 41(1): 87-99. 

Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Using the Mass Observation archive package’. Published on British Library Management & Business Studies Portal: http://www.mbsportal.bl.uk/taster/resourcestools/massobs.aspx 

Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Congratulations on getting married, now you have to leave your job’. Published on ‘no way to make a living’ website: http://nowaytomakealiving.net/post/815