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Department of Management

 Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management


 +44 (0) 1392 723250

 Streatham Court 1.54


Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK


Stephen Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Exeter Business School. He previously held lecturing posts at Manchester Business School and at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Before his academic career he worked in a variety of management roles in the hotel industry and in the NHS.

Stephen is a Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and their Lead Assessor..

He teaches employment law, employee resourcing, employee relations, international HRM and the business context at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Research interests include employee retention, the careers of elite politicians, occupational pensions and regulatory issues. He is the author / co-author of several books including eight editions of 'People Resourcing / 'Resourcing & Talent Management', five editions of 'Employment Law: An Introduction' (with Astra Emir), 'The Employee Retention Handbook' and eight editions of 'Human Resource Management' (with Derek Torrington, Laura Hall and Carol Atkinson) and 'Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management'. He has edited and co-written three editions of 'Studying HRM' and 'HRM: People and Organisations' with Carol Woodhams. A new book entitled 'Work and Employment in a Changing Business Context' co-authored with Graham Perkins is being published in 2021. He regularly represents parties in employment tribunals and speaks at business events in the UK and Europe.

Nationality: British



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Research interests

  • Employment regulation
  • Employee recruitment and retention
  • Future of HRM
  • Occupational pensions and benefits

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Taylor S, Emir A (2015). Employment Law: an Introduction. USA, Oxford University Press. Abstract.
Torrington, D, Hall, L, Taylor, S, Atkinson, C (2014). Human Resource Management. London, UK, FT/Prentice Hall.
Taylor, Stephen (2014). Resourcing and Talent Management. London, UK, CIPD Publishing.
Taylor S, Woodhams C (2012). Managing People and Organisations. Abstract.
Taylor S (2011). Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management. London, UK, CIPD Publishing.
Torrington D, Hall, Laura, Taylor, Stephen, Atkinson, Carol (2008). Fundamentals of Human Resource Management. London, UK, FT/Prentice Hall. Abstract.
Taylor S (2005). People resourcing. London, UK, CIPD Publishing. Abstract.
Taylor S (2002). The Employee Retention Handbook. London, UK, CIPD Publishing. Abstract.

Journal articles

Taylor S (2000). Occupational pensions and employee retention: debate and evidence. Employee Relations, 22(3).
Carroll M, Earnshaw J, Marchington M, Taylor S (1999). Recruitment Practices in Small Firms. Employee Relations, 21(3).
Taylor S, Earnshaw J (1995). An Exploration of Employer Objectives in the Provision of Occupational Pension Schemes in the 1990s. Employee Relations, 17(2).


Taylor S (2016). Compensation policy and employee retention. In Saridakis G, Cooper C (Eds.) The Research Handbook on Employee Retention, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Taylor S (2014). Achieving a better work-life balance. In Wetherly P, Otter D (Eds.) The Business Environment, Oxford University Press.
Taylor S (2014). Recruitment and selection. In Rees G, Smith P (Eds.) Human Resource Management: an International Perspective, London: Sage.
Taylor S (2012). McDonalds UK: improving recruitment and retention by enhancing corporate reputation. In Wilkinson A, Dundon T (Eds.) Case Studies in Global Management: Strategy, Innovation and People Management, Australia: Tilde University Press.

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

  • Chief Examiner, CIPD
  • External examiner, Bristol Business School 
  • External examiner, Birmingham Business School

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