Steven Taylor

MSc, PG Dip, BA (Hons)

Lecturer in Business and Management

Oxford Brookes Business School

Steven Taylor


Full time PhD candidate and part time Lecturer in Business and Management

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Employability
  • Careers
  • Business Strategy
  • Live client project
  • Accounting and finance skills

Accounting and Finance, Business Strategy and employability.


"Hero to zero to hero". Exploring the experiences of football managers socialising into a new job role.

Football Managers (FMs) face a job that could be characterised as a game of snakes and ladders. They are highly visible individuals: viewed, critiqued, lauded and pilloried by many different stakeholders in an intensely competitive field. Some will experience moments of glory; the majority will struggle against relegation.

Steve Taylor’s research uncovers the complexity of football management and in particular the relative power relations between stakeholders, and how this affects managers’ ability to use political strategies and micropolitical acts to survive the first few weeks. Fans, the board, media and agents play their part in trying to influence football managers. Steve’s results show that effectively they try to be social chameleons – everything to all stakeholders. Football management is not for the faint hearted.

Research impact

  • Consultancy work with the shadow academy at reds in the community (RITC) Barnsley FC.
  • Talking to PFA Well being strategic manager about well being interventions for PFA members.

Centres and institutes


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Professional information


  • BAM 2021,
  • BAM 2019


  • Business Psychologist with football club

Further details

Passionate about why people behave, think and feel the way they do.