Colleagues in the Management Department specialise in the major areas of Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Management and Organisation Theory, Strategic Management, and Sustainable Enterprise Management.

The Group is developing a distinctive ethos in cutting-edge areas such as human resource management, strategic entrepreneurship, critical management studies, sustainability, spirituality and ethics, gender, and diversity and labour studies.

The Group consists of over thirty academics. We are concerned with producing high quality research, embracing a range of research approaches, which is integrated with the high-quality teaching for which AUT is renowned.

Multidisciplinary research

Staff from throughout the Department of Management form the core group within the New Zealand Work Research Institute. This links them with other staff in labour economics and law, and is the hub for a national network of university experts and practitioners in HRM and employment relations. Several staff are also active members of the Gender and Diversity Research Group and the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, both based at AUT University.

Group members’ research appears in top international journals, such as, Gender Work & Organization, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, British Journal of Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Labour History, Public Management Review, Tourism Management, Organization, Organization Science, and Organization Studies. Group members also engage in local dissemination.

Professor Judith Pringle was one of the editors of The Sage Handbook of Organisational Diversity.

Some group members have achieved significant success in attracting external funding for their research.

  • Professor Kate Kearins has been Joint Principal Investigator on a Marsden-funded project on New Zealand Business and Sustainability.
  • Professor Edwina Pio’s research on Indian women immigrants’ employment experiences in New Zealand has also attracted external funding.
  • Dr Irene Ryan was the recipient of a three-year Marsden Fast-Start Award to research the role of sport in male-dominated leadership cultures.
  • Dr Peter Skilling is currently engaged on a three-year project, funded by the Marsden Fast-Start Award, exploring public attitudes towards inequality.

For more information on Group members’ research click on staff names in the list below.

International engagement

Establishing and maintaining international connections and collaborations is a high priority. Professor Kate Kearins is President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Associate Professor Candice Harris is a founder and coordinator of the Gender Researchers in Tourism Studies (GRITS) international research network.

Professor Erling Rasmussen and Associate Professor Felicity Lamm are Co-Editors of the NZ Journal of Employment Relations. Members in the Department serve on the editorial boards of international journals such as Business Strategy and the Environment, Equal Employment Opportunity International, Global Business and Economics Review, International Journal of Project Management, International Journal of Change Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Management and Organisation, Public Management Review,  Labour History, Management Communication Quarterly and Organization Studies.

Involving students in research

Supervising research students at Masters and Doctoral level is an essential dimension of our work. We encourage our students to become accomplished researchers in topics that make important contributions to theory and practice. Research students experience an innovative approach to Research Methods training, are provided with close supervision, and are assisted to enter into the academic community of practice through international conference attendance and networking. We help them to disseminate their findings in appropriate publication outlets.

Enterprise and Innovation Research Paper Series ISSN Number 1176-1997

The department has a dedicated working paper series, which include many examples of research projects conducted across the members of the Management group. The following link provides direct access to the working papers:

For more information on PhD and other research study opportunities, please click on the names of the following staff members in our Management group.

Management Discipline

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