Professor Michael Taylor

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Emeritus Professor of Human Geography

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


BSc Geography (University College London)

PhD Geography (University College London)


Recent publications


Plummer, P & Taylor, M 2011, 'Enterprise and Competitive Advantage in the Australian Context: A Spatial Econometric Perspective', Spatial Economic Analysis, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 311-330.

Taylor, M 2010, 'Clusters: a Mesmerising Mantra', Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol. 101, no. 3, pp. 276-286.

Bryson, J & Taylor, M 2010, 'Competitiveness by design and inimitability through service: understanding the dynamics of firm-based competition in the West Midlands jewellery and lock industries', The Service Industries Journal, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 583-596.

Tonts, M & Taylor, M 2010, 'Corporate Location, Concentration and Performance: Large Company Headquarters in the Australian Urban System', Urban Studies, vol. 47, no. 12, pp. 2641-2664.

Begley, S, Taylor, M & Bryson, J 2009, 'Firms as Connected, Temporary Coalitions: Organisational Forms and the Exploitation of Intellectual Capital', Electronic journal of knowledge management, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 11-20.

Bryson, J, Taylor, M & Daniels, P 2008, 'Commercializing 'creative' expertise: business and professional sevices and regional economic development in the West Midlands, UK', Policy and politics, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 306-328.

Bryson, J, Taylor, M & Cooper, R 2008, 'Competing By Design, Specialization and Customization: Manufacturing Locks in the West Midlands (UK)', Geografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography , vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 173-186.


Taylor, M, Bryson, J, Bergene, AC, Endresen, SB & Knutsen, HM 2010, Erosion from above, erosion, from below: labour, value chain relegation and manfacturing sustainability. in Missing Links in Labour Geography.

Bryson, J, Taylor, M, Fuller, D, Jonas, AE & Lee, R 2010, Mutual Dependency, Diversity and Alterity in Production: Cooperatives, group contracting and factories. in Interrogating alterity.


Bryson, J, Taylor, M, Daniels, P, Ganz, W, Kicherer, F & Schletz, A 2008, 'Developing a Policy Framework for Business and Professional Services in the West Midlands, UK', New Horizons for the Role and Production of Services, 1/01/08 pp. 101.

Bryson, J, Taylor, M, Ganz, W, Kicherer, F & Schletz, A 2008, 'Place-based reputational capital and the production of high-value added consumer productes: copying, trade description acts and intellectural property', New Horizons for the Role and Production of Services, 1/01/08 pp. 81-82.

Book/Film/Article review

Taylor, M 2011, 'The handbook of evolutionary economic geography', Papers in Regional Science, vol. 90, no. 4, pp. 884-886.

Taylor, M 2009, 'Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy', Regional Studies, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 639-641.


Begley, S, Taylor, M, Bryson, J, Harorimana, D & Watkins, D 2008, 'Building and exploiting intellectual capital: The firm as a connected', Paper presented at Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Knowledge Management, 1/01/08.

Working paper

Bryson, J & Taylor, M 2008 'DIME (Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe) Working Paper 47 on Intellectual Property Rights: Enterprise by 'industrial' design: creativity and competitiveness in the Birmingham (UK) Jewellery Quarter'.

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