Dr Smita Singh

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +649 9219999 ext 7932

Email: smita.singh@aut.ac.nz

Links to relevant web pages:
Callaghan Innovation – Interview with Dr Smita Singh
Tedx Talk – Re-imaging failure

Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)
  • Masters of Business (First Class Honours, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Graduate Diploma in Business (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Bachelor of Science (Lucknow University, Lucknow, India)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Academy of Management
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference
  • New Zealand Work Research Institute

Biography:

Since joining AUT in 2013, Smita has been a paper co-ordinator and lecturer for several entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship courses across different levels and degrees. She has also taught a range of other courses such as Strategic Management, Management & Organisation and Qualitative Research Methods & Analysis. Smita serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. She has also served as Associate Editor for the Management, Spirituality & Religion Interest Group of the Annual Academy of Management Conference. As an award-winning reviewer, she has reviewed for many well-regarded, international peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Smita has examined and supervised several dissertations and thesis to successful completion. In addition to being published and cited in well-regarded international peer reviewed journals, Smita’s research has also been featured and disseminated through various well-known industry platforms and community engagement invitations such as a Ted talk titled ‘re-imagining failure, RadioLive and a report developed by Idealog and Callaghan Innovation to kick start a nationwide conversation on failure in entrepreneurship.

Teaching Areas:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • PhD supervisions in Entrepreneurship

Research Areas:

Smita can supervise around a range of topics in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship including:
  • Failure
  • Spirituality
  • Resilience
  • Learning
  • Stigma

Research Summary:

Smita’s research uses interdisciplinary perspectives that: 1) explores navigation of various challenges and setbacks in entrepreneurship 2) complexities and impact of the work of social ventures aimed at supporting and empowering marginalised populations 3) entrepreneurship in the developing world.

Current Research Projects:

  • Social enterprise and recidivism
  • Entrepreneurial resilience
  • Social entrepreneurship and corruption
  • Social entrepreneurship and gender equality

Publications:

  • Corner, P., Singh, S. & Pavlovich, K. (2017). Entrepreneurial resilience and venture failure. International Small Business Journal, 35(6), 687-708.
  • Pio, E. & Singh, S. (2017). Untangling paradoxes in wellbeing work with women victims of violence: A developing world perspective. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 42(3).
  • Singh, S., Ho, M. & Jayawardena, T. (2017). Entrepreneurial resilience in the New Zealand Media. Paper presented at the 31st Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Pio, E. & Singh, S. (2016). Vulnerability and resilience: critical reflexivity in gendered violence research. Third World Quarterly, 37(2), 227-244.
  • Singh, S., Corner, P. & Pavlovich, K. (2016). Spirituality and entrepreneurial failure. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 13(1): 24-49.
  • Parker, J., Corner, T. & Singh, S. (2016). Corporate entrepreneurship and effectuation:  How endogenous ideas are developed into new products. Paper presented at the 30th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Pio, E. & Singh S. (2016). Corruption cartographies: Social entrepreneurial ventures in a third world country. Paper presented at sub theme 57: Making utopias real: social innovation, movements and change of the European Group for Organizational Studies Conference, Naples, Italy.
  • Singh, S., Corner, P. & Pavlovich, K. (2015). Failed, not finished: A narrative approach to understanding venture failure stigmatization. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(1), 150-166.
  • Singh, S., Corner, P. & Pavlovich, K. (2015). When the going gets tough: Entrepreneurial resilience in the context of venture failure. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Singh, S. & Corner, P. (2014). Spirituality and entrepreneurial failure. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Singh, S., Corner, P. & Pavlovich, K. (2013). From riches to rags: A narrative approach to entrepreneurs’ experience of venture failure. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida, USA.
  • Singh, S., Corner, P. & Pavlovich, K. (2012). Self-stigmatisation of entrepreneurial failure. Paper presented at the 26th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Perth, Australia.
  • Singh, S. & Pavlovich, K. (2011). Being resilient when experiencing venture failure. Paper presented at the 25th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Singh, S., Corner, P. & Pavlovich, K.  (2011). The grief of venture failure. Paper presented at the 25th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Singh, S. & Pavlovich, K. (2008).  Meaning(s) derived from suffering entrepreneurial failure. Paper presented at 22nd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Singh, S., Corner, P. & Pavlovich, K. (2007). Coping with Entrepreneurial Failure. Journal of Management and Organisation, 13(4), 331-344.

Awards:

  • MSR Associate Editor & Outstanding Reviewer, 2016 – Academy of Management Conference, U.S.A.
  • Outstanding Reviewer, 2015 – Academy of Management Conference, U.S.A.
  • Dean’s Premier Publication, 2015 - Auckland University of Technology
  • Most Promising Dissertation, 2008 – Academy of Management Conference, U.S.A.
  • First Publication, Management School, 2008 – University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Doctoral Assistant Scholarship, 2006 – University of Waikato, New Zealand