The Management Discipline Group specialises in the major areas of strategic management, entrepreneurship, management and organisation theory, employment relations, and operations management.
This includes a strong focus on Employment Relations and Human Resource Management.
Under the academic leadership of Dr Mark Le Fevre and other senior colleagues, the Group is developing a distinctive ethos in cutting-edge areas such as strategic entrepreneurship, e-business, technology and innovation, critical management studies, sustainability, spirituality and ethics, gender, diversity and labour studies.
The Group consists of 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.
Group members’ research appears in top international journals, such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Gender Work & Organization, Industrial & Corporate Change, International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Labour History, Organization, Organization Science, and Organization Studies. Group members also engage in local dissemination. Dr Rachel Morrison has made several TV appearances related to her research on workplace friendships, for example.
Associate Professor Nevan Wright has published books on manufacturing and operations solutions, event managgement, quality management and Six Sigma. 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 was Joint Principal Investigator on a Marsden-funded project on New Zealand Business and Sustainability. Associate Professor Simon Mowatt was a key member of a project on Organisational Responses to Technical Change, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (UK). Associate Professor Edwina Pio’s research on Indian women immigrants’ employment experiences in New Zealand has also attracted funding.
For more information on Group members’ research click on staff names in the list below.
Establishing and maintaining international connections and collaborations is a high priority. Professor Kate Kearins is Chair of the Organizations and the Natural Environment Interest Group of the Academy of Management. Dr Candice Harris is a founder and coordinator of the Gender Researchers in Tourism Studies (GRITS) international research network. Professor Ray Markey chairs the International Industrial Relations Association Study Group on Workers' Participation (which advises the ILO).
Professor Erling Rasmussen is Editor of the NZ Journal of Employment Relations. Professor Bill Doolin is Joint Editor of Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management (QRAM). Group members 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, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, 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.
For more information on PhD and other research study opportunities, please click on the names of the following staff members in our Management group: