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Steven S. Taylor

My research is focused in two areas: Organizational aesthetics takes seriously the idea that management is as much an art as it is a science, and applies art-based scholarship and practice to management and organizations. Reflective practice is the ability to analyze our own actions and learn from that how to be more effective, ethical, and artful as managers and leaders. At the heart of my work as a researcher and teacher is my own practice as a playwright. My plays have been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, and the USA. From my work in the theater I have come to realize that learning is a whole body sport and this belief informs both my research and teaching.

Research Interests

  • Organizational Aesthetics
  • Reflective Practice
  • First Person Research
  • Beautiful Action
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Creativity
  • The Craft and Art of Management


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: B.S. in Humanities 1982
  • Emerson College: M.A. in Performing Arts 1993
  • Boston College: Ph.D. in Management, Organizational Studies 2000

Featured Publications

  • Taylor, S.S. & Statler, M. 2014. Material matters: Increasing emotional engagement in learning. Journal of Management Education, Vol 38(4), pp 586-607.
  • Taylor, S.S. & Ladkin, D. 2014. Leading as craft-work: The role of studio practices in developing artful leaders. Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol 30(1) pp 95-103.
  • Taylor, S.S. 2013. Little Beauties: Aesthetics, Craft Skill, and the Experience of Beautiful Action. Journal of Management Inquiry. Vol 22(1), pp 69-81.
  • Taylor, S.S. 2012. Leadership craft, leadership art. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Taylor, S.S. & Ladkin, D. 2009. Understanding arts-based methods in managerial development, Academy of Management Learning and Education. Vol. 8(1) pp. 55-69. 

Professional Highlights

  • Fulbright Specialist, Massey University, New Zealand, 2013
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief, Organizational Aesthetics, 2011
  • Researcher in Residence at the Banff Centre; Banff, Alberta, Canada, 2008
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