Deborah Taylor

Dr Deborah Taylor

  • Senior Lecturer In Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour
  • Dorset House D167, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
Back to top


Deborah is an experienced Senior Lecturer whose research and teaching specialisms are related to Organisational Behaviour and Leadership topics.

She is an advocate of life-long learning opportunities for all and is able to bring her previous experience as a practitioner to executive education roles, currently as the Director of the BU Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme and formerly as the BU MBA Director. She has won two BU Vice Chancellor awards.

Her research and teaching centres on traditional Organisational Behaviour (OB) and Leadership topics including Psychological Ownership, Inclusive leadership, Career and Talent Management as well as a “self-styled” OB futurist.

Deborah joined Bournemouth University in 2010 having worked within the Investment Banking and the Recruitment industry.


I am particularly interested in supervising doctorate students in organisational behaviour topics such as psychological ownership, organisational culture, career management and the future of work.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

more information

Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

more information

Decent work and economic growth

"Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all"

more information

Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

more information



Internet Publications


  • Taylor, D., 2022. “Ownership gets you up in the morning, but can keep you awake at night” An exploration of the development of work-related psychological ownership in early career professionals. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University Business School.


Profile of Teaching PG

  • MBA Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  • Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (MBA 2015-present) Unit leader

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour and Ethics
  • Understanding Organisations and HRM (2017-present) 80 marketing students
  • Business Simulation (2018-19 and 2010-2017) around 380 business studies and marketing students
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour and Ethics (Joint unit leader 2015-2017) 300 Business Studies level 4 students
  • Business Simulation (2018-19 and 2010-15)
  • Understanding Organisations and HRM

Invited Lectures

  • Emotional Intelligence and leadership, Virtual, 20 Apr 2021 more

External Responsibilities

  • UKRI Early Career Researcher Forum, Member (2021-),
  • University of Liverpool, External Examiner - Online MBA Programme (2021-)
  • British Academy of Management, Conference Sessional Chair (2019)
  • University of Bedfordshire, External Examiner for MBA (2017-2021)
  • Venus Awards, Judge (2016-2018)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, AOL Steering Group
  • Member, Faculty of Management Industry Advisory Board
  • Mentor, PG Cert
  • Representing Faculty of Management, Global Talent and Employability Group
  • Co Lead, Developing Women Leaders Programme
  • Chair, Business Studies Alumni Panel
  • Member, Global Talent and Employability Group

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Festival of Learning in Vietnam (31 Mar 2019-07 Apr 2019)
  • Festival of Learning - Vietnam (30 Mar 2019-08 Apr 2019)
  • Chair - International Women's Day Panel (07 Aug 2018)
  • Chair - Developing Women Leaders Panel (08 Mar 2017)

Conference Presentations

  • CIPD Applied Research Conference, “Ownership gets you up in the morning, but keeps you awake at night”: Early Career Professionals Development of Psychological Ownership, 26 Jan 2022, Virtual
  • Fusion Learning Conference, Poster: Building An Academic Community, Cohort Identity and Student Belonging: The MBA Virtual Writing Group Pilot, 28 Jun 2021, Online
  • Bournemouth University Postgraduate Research Conference, The Development of Ownership Feelings in the Workplace, 02 Dec 2020, Bournemouth
  • ASET Conference, The transition onto placement, 03 Sep 2014, Bursary

Attended Training

  • The Apprenticeship Conference, 06 Jul 2022
  • Writing Academy, 09 Jan 2019
  • Introduction to Team-based Learning, 11 Oct 2018
  • How to Write about Methods, 03 Oct 2018
  • Case Study Methodology, 18 Jul 2018
  • Transfer Workshop, 09 May 2018
  • UOA 17 (Business and Management Studies) - What makes a REF 2*, 3* or 4* output?, 17 Jan 2018
  • RDP Workshop: Research Philosophy - Intrepretivism, 17 Oct 2017
  • RKEO & Researcher Induction, 07 Mar 2017
  • RKEO Academic & Researcher Induction, 07 Mar 2017
  • Aurora - Leadership Development, 01 Jan 2017


  • PhD in Psychological Ownership (Bournemouth University, 2022)
  • PGCE in PG Cert (Education) (Bournemouth University, 2017)
  • MA in Career Education (University of Warwick, 2015)
  • MA in Career Education (Warwick University, 2015)


  • Bournemouth University Vice-Chancellor’s Awards - Winner of the Inspiring Learning Award (Bournemouth University, 2021)
  • Nominated for two Vice Chancellor Awards and short listed in one category (Vice Chancellor Awards, 2019)


  • CMI, Member (2019-),
  • CIPD, Associate (2017-),
  • CMI, Associate (2017-),
  • Global Talent and Employability Group, Member (2017-2018),
  • Global Talent and Employability Group, Representing FoM (2016-2018),