Dr. Alan Taylor

Alan is an experienced and enthusiastic researcher and educator committed to continual improvement in the facilitation of learning, and in health and social care practice through the application of theory to practice. Alan also argues strongly for the contribution of practice to theory and is convinced of the efficacy of participatory research methods, grounded in practice, which he applies sensitively informed by a nomadic postmodern ethics.

He enjoys facilitating critical thinking in students, and has a strong commitment to reflexivity and reflective practice in the workplace, whether as a manager, a consultant or as an educator. 

Alan’s academic practice since 2009 is underpinned by twenty years’ experience in the voluntary sector, primarily as Chief Executive of Kingsley Organisation, an award-winning small charity, and also as an independent management consultant. Thus, his sophisticated contextualised application of contemporary and classic management models and his willingness to question and adapt theory to the particular circumstances of management underpins his radical and eclectic approach to organizational studies, drawing on Critical Management Studies as well as feminist and post-structural approaches.

  • MacRae, R. , Rooney, K. D. , Taylor, A. , Ritters, K. , Sansoni, J. , Lillo Crespo, M. , Skela-Savič, B. and O’Donnell, B. (2016) 'Making it easy to do the right thing in healthcare: Advancing improvement science education through accredited pan European higher education modules.' Nurse Education Today, volume 42 : 41-46
  • Taylor, A.G., MacRae, R., O’Donnell, B., Ritters, K., and Rooney, K.D. (2015) ‘Developing Practice-based Interprofessional Healthcare Improvement Science Learning Materials for European Healthcare Students’. 5th European Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education.  held 26-28 August 2015 at Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  • Taylor, A.G., Jones, L., Torney, L., O’Brien, A., Johnson, D., Owen, P., Baxter, S., Turner, A., and Dudley, R. (2015) ‘Leadership and Healthcare Professionals Education: Stakeholder perspectives on leadership in the Pre-Registration Curricula’. 5th European Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education.  held 26-28 August 2015 at Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  • Jones, L., Torney, L., O’Brien, A., Taylor, A.G., Johnson, D., Owen, P., Baxter, S., Turner, A., and Dudley, R. (2015) ‘Developing healthcare leaders for the 21stcentury: understanding and maximising leadership in pre-registration healthcare curricula in the West Midlands, UK’. World Congress of Physiotherapists Conference. held 1-4 May 2015 in Singapore [Poster Presentation].
  • Hayes, E., Hopkinson, C., and Taylor, A.G. (2014) ‘Arts-based approaches to leadership development: dangerously disruptive or dangerously decorative?’. The 7th International Art of Management and Organization conference. held 28-31 August 2014 in Copenhagen.
  • Hayes, E., Hopkinson, C., and Taylor, A.G. (2014) ‘Corporate Good Housekeeping - a feminist lens on the efficiency narrative in organisations’. . held 4-5 September 2014 in Limerick, Ireland.
  • Hayes, E., Hopkinson, C., and Taylor, A.G. (2014) ‘Three voices, three subjectivities, three struggles’. Qualitative Research in Management Conference. held 15-17 April 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Taylor, A.G., Astley-Cooper, J., Bluteau, P., Davies, B., Hayes, E., and Hopkinson, C. (2013) ‘Unravelling, braiding, ducking and weaving: post-theoretical leadership in inter professional education’. 4th European Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education.  held 11-13 September 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Hayes, E., Hopkinson, C., and Taylor, A.G. (2013) ‘Two women and a gay in a boat: completing a critically reflexive action research practice-led doctorate’. Irish Academy of Management 2013 conference held 2-4 September at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. (Prizewinner for Best Theoretical Paper)