Betty Ofe-Grant

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Lecturer / Researcher

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 xtn 6871



  • PhD in Management - Human Resources
  • Master of Human Resources & Organisational Development (Australia)
  • Bachelor of Business (HRM)
  • Certificate: Introduction to Teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Southern Cross University Alumni
  • FONO Samoa
  • KIN 


Betty Ofe-Grant is a New Zealand-born Samoan of mixed descent from Otara, South Auckland.  Prior to becoming an academic and researcher, Betty worked extensively in the NZ private and public sectors with a focus on Pacific issues and Human Resources.  Her research about the ‘brown glass ceiling’ for Samoans led to national and international exposure concerning the career barriers and facilitators that deny access or, assist with ascension to boardroom and executive positions for Pacific people.

Teaching Areas:

  • Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Diversity at Work

Research Areas:

  • Pacific Labour Migration
  • Diversity
  • Management
  • Employment Relations
  • Careers
  • Discrimination
  • Pacific International Business
  • Pacific Methodologies

Research Summary:

Betty Ofe-Grant is a NZ-born Samoan researcher specializing in Pacific issues (e.g., fa’asamoa) at work, HRM, Management, and Pacific methodologies.

Current Research Projects:

  • The Incorporation of Vanilla in the South Pacific: Samoa, the Cook Islands and Niue.  Project researcher for the University of Auckland, the New Zealand Institute of Pacific Research and the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries.
  • The Cultural Trappings of ‘Respect’ for Pacific People during Performance Appraisals Meetings and Job Interviews.
  • Theorising ‘U’u Coconut Crab Syndrome’ (Samoans and Tagata Pasifika).


  • Ofe-Grant, B.L. (2018). Smashing through the ‘brown glass ceiling’: Exploring perceived barriers and facilitators to career advancement for Samoans in Aotearoa, New Zealand.(Unpublished doctoral dissertation). The University of Auckland, New Zealand.


  • 3-Minute Thesis Competition winner, PhD Category, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, The University of Auckland (2016).
  • PhD Travel Grant Awards (2015, 2017, 2018) Management & International Business, The University of Auckland.