Federation Business School

Rachel Taylor

Location:Mt Helen,
Building B,
Phone:5327 9020


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Rachel joined the Federation Business School in early 2018 after undertaking her PhD at the University of Tasmania (her PhD thesis is currently under examination). Over the past three years, she has taught as a sessional lecturer within the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE).

Rachel’s research has focused on the role of social innovation by non-profit organisations. In particular, her doctoral research explored the sector-wide social innovation trends and practices within the disability sector in Australia as it currently grapples with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Her PhD thesis is titled, ‘An abductive study of social innovation in nonprofit organizations: Evidence from the Australian disability sector’.

Prior to joining academia, Rachel has worked in the non-profit, public, and social enterprise sectors, including as a project manager in the disability sector for over four years. As well as publishing within the management discipline, Rachel strives to produce research that is both accessible and practical, and which can ultimately assist non-profit managers, together with organisational stakeholders and community members, to design social innovation initiatives in response to critical social challenges.


  • Bachelor of Teaching (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), RMIT University

Teaching areas

Management, social entrepreneurship, responsible business practice, entrepreneurship and innovation, organisational behaviour, leadership.

  • BUMGT1501: Management Principles
  • BUMGT5921: Organisations: Behaviour, Structure, Processes
  • BUGEN3711: Applied Principles for Responsible Business Practice