Stephen Taylor

stephen taylor

Dr Stephen Taylor

Programme Leader MSc Tourism & Hospitality Suite

Biography

Stephen lectures within the Tourism Subject Group of Edinburgh Napier's Business School, which he joined in 2009. He is Programme Leader for the MSc Tourism and Hospitality Suite which covers four named MSc awards (International Tourism Destination Management; International Tourism Marketing; International Hospitality Management; International Heritage & Cultural Tourism Management). His main teaching is Natural Area Tourism which is available as a third year (Level 9) module and as a postgraduate module (Level 11). In addition, he teaches Global Service Management (Level 9) and contributes to three further modules: Leadership & Innovation (Level 10); Global Hospitality Management (Level 10); and Management of International Hospitality Organisations (Level 11).

His main research interests centre around the natural environment. This includes the governance of natural areas (e.g. national parks) and the recreational use of natural areas. In respect of the latter, a specific focus is upon adventure tourism, and in particular, mountain tourism. Current research is focused upon the economic and environmental impacts of mountaineering tourism on Kyrgyzstan's 7,134 metre Peak Lenin.

Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier, Stephen held a lectureship in Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde. He joined the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 1998 (the then Scottish Hotel School). In addition to teaching both service operations and strategic management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, he held various positions including Director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes and Director of Undergraduate Programmes (International). In this latter role, Stephen oversaw the launch of two highly successful undergraduate programmes in partnership with Hong Kong University's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE). In 2008, he chaired the 17th Annual Research Conference for the Council of Hospitality Management Education (CHME).

Stephen commenced his academic career with the University of Dundee in 1991, where he taught in the School of Management and Consumer Studies. His teaching covered the areas of both marketing management and strategic management. Programmes included the MA (Hons) Hotel and Catering Management; BAcc (Hons); MAcc; and the MBA. In respect of the latter programme, Stephen undertook the role of International Director of the MBA programme. While at Dundee, Stephen also started contributing to teaching at the University of St Andrews where he was registered for a PhD. Latterly, he delivered the Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management class on the MLitt Management, Economics and International Relations (MEIR) programme (2001-2004). In 1993, Stephen co-founded a business consultancy firm, The Fifth Business, where held a directorship until 1995. Now in its 25th year, this organisation has offices in Aberdeen, London, The Hague and Houston.

Stephen has been a visiting lecturer at a number of other institutions. This has included the University of the Hague (Netherlands) from 2002 until 2011, where he contributed to the international semester on the Facilities Management programme; IMI Luzern (Switzerland), where he taught on the MBA Tourism and Hospitality (2001-2007); and at the Universitie de Savoie (France) on the Master of International Tourism Management (2002-2007). This has given Stephen excellent experience of a range of different European higher education institutions.

Before embarking on his academic career, Stephen worked for a number of major UK organisations in the leisure and publishing sectors. This includes Granada Group plc; Reed Business Publishing; Bass plc; and Mount Charlotte Thistle Hotels. Here he gained a wide range of business experience in both operational and strategic positions, including: Front Office Manager; Personnel Manager; Research and Development Manager; and Strategic Planning Analyst.

Stephen has studied at Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen); University of St Andrews; University of Strathclyde (Glasgow); and Edinburgh Napier University.

Research Groups

Research Areas

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Conference Chair - 17th Annual Research Conference of the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME)
  • Member of Scientific Committee -Tourism State of the Art II Conference
  • Conference Co-Chair International Hospitality and Tourism Virtual Conference
  • Invited Discussant - Strategic Management Society Workshop. Ghent, 1995

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner - University of Huddersfield

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Winner of the McCool Breakthrough Award (International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education).

 

Invited Speaker

  • Research Seminar, Queen Margaret University. Hospitality Research: Current practice and future directions
  • Research Seminar, Glasgow Caledonian University. Hospitality Research: Current practice and future directions.

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Presentation: Marketing Services - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Lecturer - Universitie de Savoie (France)
  • Visiting Lecturer - The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
  • Visting Lecturer - University of St Andrews
  • Visiting Lecturer - IMI Luzern (Switzerland)
  • Visiting Lecturer - University of Dundee

 

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Lenin Peak 7,134 - The World's easiest Seven Thousander?

Other
Taylor, S. (2019)
Lenin Peak 7,134 - The World's easiest Seven Thousander?. United Kingdom
This online article explores the key influences upon successfully climbing Lenin Peak based upon recent research on tourism activity on this mountain on the Kyrgyzstan/Tajikis...

Sustainable mountaineering tourism on Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan: Current issues and potential solutions

Presentation / Conference
Taylor, S., & Komissarov, V. (2019, June)
Sustainable mountaineering tourism on Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan: Current issues and potential solutions. Paper presented at 7th International Adventure Conference, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Introduction This paper is concerned with the impacts of mountaineering tourism on the 7,134 metre Lenin Peak, the most popular high mountain in Kyrgyzstan. Like Mont Blanc o...

A critical assessment of mountaineering tourism on Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan: Current issues and potential solutions

Report
Komissarov, V., & Taylor, S. (2019)
A critical assessment of mountaineering tourism on Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan: Current issues and potential solutions. Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Culture, Communication and Tourism
This report was produced for the Ministry of Culture, Communication and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic. It provides an assessment of the environmental and economic impacts of...

Governance of Protected Areas: The Case of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Thesis
Taylor, S. Governance of Protected Areas: The Case of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1191293

Leadership

Book Chapter
Taylor, S. (2013)
Leadership. In Facilities Management and Development for Tourism, Hospitality and Events, (219-240). UK: CAB International Publishing
Abstract not available.

Restraining opportunism in hotel management contracts

Journal Article
Panvisavas, V., & Taylor, J. S. (2008)
Restraining opportunism in hotel management contracts. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 8(4), 324-336. https://doi.org/10.1057/thr.2008.33
Management contracts are widely used throughout the world as a mechanism for separating the ownership of hotel properties and their management. The research reported here conc...

Restraining opportunism in hotel management contracts

Presentation / Conference
Panvisavas, V., & Taylor, S. (2008, May)
Restraining opportunism in hotel management contracts. Paper presented at CHME Annual Research Conference, Glasgow, UK
Management contracts are widely used throughout the world as a mechanism for separating the ownership of hotel properties and their management. The research reported here conc...

Property owners' perceptions of the pre-contract issues associated with the use of hotel management contracts in the Thai hotel industry

Presentation / Conference
Taylor, S., & Panvisavas, V. (2007, May)
Property owners' perceptions of the pre-contract issues associated with the use of hotel management contracts in the Thai hotel industry. Paper presented at CHME Annual Research Conference, Oxford, UK
Abstract not available.

The perceived influence of centralising operations in chain hotels

Journal Article
Espino-Rodríguez, T. F., & Taylor, J. S. (2006)
The perceived influence of centralising operations in chain hotels. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 6(4), 251-266. https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.thr.6050022
This paper makes an exploratory study of the centralisation of operations in hotels that belong to a chain and are located in a tourist destination. Although hotels are increa...

The use of management contracts by international hotel firms in Thailand

Journal Article
Panvisavas, V., & Taylor, J. S. (2006)
The use of management contracts by international hotel firms in Thailand. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 18(3), 231-245. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110610658634
Purpose Seeks to examine the extent to which management contracts used by international hotel firms in Thailand mirror those used in the USA. Design/methodology/approach The ...

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