Dr Scott Taylor

Dr Scott Taylor

Department of Management
Business School Director of Admissions
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 an Associate Editor of the journal Organization, Section Editor of the Journal of Business Ethics, and has served Chair of the Critical Management Studies division at the Academy of Management 2015-16.


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.


Organisation Studies: Past, present and future 07 28229

Personal, Professional and Academic Development 07 28830

Postgraduate supervision

Susanne Evans, narratives of change in organizations

Jennifer Davies, distributed leadership in the National Health Service


  • 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.


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

Bell, E., Mangia, G., Taylor, S. & Toraldo, M.L. (eds) (2018) The Organization of Craft Work: Identities, meanings and materiality. New York: Routledge.

Carroll, B., Firth, J., Ford, J. & Taylor, S. (2018) ‘The social construction of leadership studies: Representations of rigour and relevance in textbooks’, Leadership, 14(2): 159-178. 

Bell, E., Meriläinen, S., Taylor, S. & Tienari, J. (2019) ‘Time’s up! Feminist theory and activism meets organization studies’, Human Relationshttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0018726718790067

Tienari, J. & Taylor, S. (2018) ‘Feminism and men: Ambivalent space for acting up’, Organizationhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1350508418805287  

Carroll, B., Ford, J. & Taylor, S. (eds) (2019) Leadership: Critical Contemporary Perspectives, second edition. London: Sage.

Barros, A. & Taylor, S. (2018) ‘Think tanks, business and civil society: The ethics of promoting pro-corporate ideologies’, Journal of Business Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-4007-y

Taylor, S. (2018) ‘Reviving the moral meaning of leading and following: The lost metaphysics of leadership’, in Carroll, B., Wilson, S. & Firth, J. (eds) After Leadership. New York: Routledge.

Bell, E., Mangia, G., Taylor, S. & Toraldo, M.L. (2018) ‘Introduction: Understanding contemporary craft work’, in Bell, E., Mangia, G., Taylor, S. & Toraldo, M.L. (eds) (2018) The Organization of Craft Work: Identities, meanings & materialities. New York: Routledge.

Land, C., Sutherland, N. & Taylor, S. (2018) ‘Back to the Brewster: Craft brewing, gender and the dialectical interplay of re-traditionalisation and innovation’, in Bell, E., Toraldo, M.L., Taylor, S. & Mangia, G. (eds) The Organization of Craft Work: Identities, meanings & materialities. New York: Routledge.

Bell, E. & Taylor, S. (2016) ‘Vernacular mourning and corporate memorialization in framing the death of Steve Jobs’. Organization, 23(1): 114-132. 

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