Dr Fiona Hurd

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Deputy Head of School /Department

Email: fiona.hurd@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5161-0904

Academic appointments:

  • Acting Head of Department, Auckland University of Technology (2020 - 2020)
  • Deputy Head of Department, Auckland University of Technology (2020 - ongoing)
  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2018 - ongoing)
  • Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2015 - 2017)


  • PhD, University of Waikato
  • Master of Management Studies with distinction, University of Waikato
  • Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons), University of Waikato


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Business, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, where I have been teaching in the areas of International Business Environment, Strategy, and Business in a Changing World for the past 5 years. At a broad level, I am interested in the effects of global change on industries, organisations, workers and communities. Within this, my current research explores the historical basis of current global change; gender, diversity & well-being within the global organisation; and education for the future of work & organisation.

The focus of my research practice is on collaboration, interdisciplinarity and research to encourage debate, discussion and social impact. As such, I am actively involved in collaborative research partnerships and research groups within and across institutions, and my research platform is intentionally interdisciplinary.

In teaching, I am committed to student experience and authentic practice, and I work to integrate a range of classroom activities to encourage students to develop critical thinking and a passion for learning. I am also committed to continuously developing my teaching through teaching and learning research, exploring innovative classroom approaches.

Research interests:

I am researching in the following areas, and are supervising research students whose research falls within:
- Employment Mobility, Migration & Identity
- Cross-cultural and Gendered experiences of Leadership & Career
- Organisational Politics, Bullying & Harassment
- Organisational Change, Career & Well-being
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics within the Global Organisation
- Local and Indigenous impacts of Global Political/Economic Change
- Critically Reflexive Methodologies

In the area of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, my current projects include:
- Visual and Arts-based Approaches to Business Education
- Incorporating industry to bridge theory/practice
- Approaches to teaching Sustainability in a time of climate crisis

Teaching summary:

Recent teaching includes:

- International Business Environment
- Business in a Changing World
- Business Strategy
- Strategy Dynamics
- Global Organisational Behaviour

Fields of research:

  • Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Organisation and Management Theory
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
  • Business Ethics
  • Business and Labour History

Professional activities:

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Excellence in Curriculum Development Award, Faculty of Business, Economics & Law (2019)
  • ANZAM Case Writing Award, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (2018)

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Special Issue Co-Editor, Journal of Work Applied Management (2020 - ongoing)
  • Reviewer, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management (2020 - ongoing)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Business Ethics (2019 - ongoing)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy (2017 - ongoing)

Facilitation, networking and collaboration

  • Member of Organising Committee, 11th Annual Conference of AAHANZBS: Institutions & Change (2019)
  • Stream 34 Convenor, Gender Work & Organisation 2020 (now 2021), Gender, Work & Organisation Conference (2019 - ongoing)

Contribution to academic environment

  • Co-Leader of Gender & Diversity Research Group, Auckland University of Technology (2019 - ongoing)
  • Faculty Advisor, Case Competitions, Faculty of Business, Economics & Law (2015 - ongoing)

Outreach and engagement

  • Invited Publication in CDANZ journal: Collaboration for improving students’ understanding of careers: Successfully bridging the academic/practice div (2020)
  • CDANZ Research Webinar (2020)

Research outputs:


Journal articles

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2020). The palimpsest of welfarism in a New Zealand single industry town: Oral histories of enduring layers of paternalistic legacy. Labour history.

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2020). Training the next generation HR practitioners: Reflecting on HRM student experiences of sexual harassment training. Hospitality and Society.

  • Hurd, F., Dyer, S., & FitzPatrick, M. (2019). ‘Good’ things take time: A living story of research as ‘life’. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 14(1), 27-42. doi:10.1108/QROM-03-2017-1507

  • Hurd, F., & Nagar, S. (2019). Bringing the PRME into the international business classroom: An experiential exercise in ethical decision-making in the New Zealand context. Journal of International Business Education, 14, 245-264. Retrieved from https://www.neilsonjournals.com/JIBE/abstractjibe14hurdnagar.html

  • Jin, H., & Hurd, F. (2018). Exploring the impact of digital platforms on SME internationalization: New Zealand SMEs use of the Alibaba Platform for Chinese market entry. Journal of Asia Pacific Business, 19(2). doi:10.1080/10599231.2018.1453743

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2018). Equality as a threshold conception: Challenging future manager’s perceptions. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 37(7). doi:10.1108/EDI-04-2017-0070

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2017). Mutualism beyond the 'mutual': The collective development of a New Zealand single industry town hospital. Labour History, (112).

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2017). "We’re all in this together"? The search for collective belonging in a globalised single industry town. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37(1/2). doi:10.1108/IJSSP-08-2015-0089

  • Dyer, S. L., & Hurd, F. (2016). "What’s going on?" Developing reflexivity in the management classroom: From surface to deep learning and everything else in between. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 15(2). doi:10.5465/amle.2014.0104

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2016). Changing perceptions about feminists and (still not) claiming a feminist identity. Gender and Education. doi:10.1080/09540253.2016.1216524

  • Hurd, F. (2012). Work innovations: Transformation, micro-emancipations, or discursive shift?. International Journal of Work Innovation, 1(1).

  • Hurd, F., & L'Huillier, B. (2011). Developing the human and social capital of the localised workforce: The perceived importance of Adult and Community Education in a single industry town. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management, 11(2). Retrieved from http://www.nzjhrm.org.nz/Site/Articles/2011_Folder/Summer_2011.aspx

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2011). Gendered perceptions of corporate restructuring and community change in a single industry town. New Zealand Sociology, 26(1). Retrieved from https://search.informit.org/

  • Grant, S., & Hurd, F. (2010). Incorporating critical pedagogy into the scholarship of teaching and learning: Making the journey alongside our students. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 4(2). doi:10.20429/ijsotl.2010.040220

  • Gilson, C., Hurd, F., & Wagar, T. (2004). Creating a concession climate: the case of the serial downsizers. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 15(6). doi:10.1080/09585190410001677313

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2004). Career in a globalised economy: Researching the implications in a one-industry town. Australian Journal of Career Development, 13(3). doi:10.1177/103841620401300307

Book chapters

  • Nagar, S., & Hurd, F. (2019). Experiential learning in the executive education international business classroom: The Importance of context. In M. A. Gonzalez-Perez, K. Lynden, & V. Taras (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of learning and teaching international business and management (pp. 915-951). Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030204143

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2012). Legislation and voluntarism: Two approaches to achieving equal employment opportunity outcomes for women in New Zealand. In S. Gröschl, & J. Takagi (Eds.), Diversity quotas, diverse perspectives: The case of gender (pp. 41-58). Taylor and Francis Group. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

Conference contributions

  • Maurice-Takerei, L., Techatassanasoontorn, A., & Hurd, F. (2020). Developing a social impact orientation within a mainstream NZ Business degree: Pedagogical goals and instrumental realities. In International Management and Organisational Behaviour Teaching Society. Christchurch. Retrieved from http://mobts.org/conference/pdf/programs/IMOBTS2020Program.pdf

  • Hurd, F., Dyer, S., & Lowery-Kappes, H. (2020). Bringing ‘experts’ into the management classroom: Looking beyond traditional corporate visitors to improve student engagement and outcomes. In Research in Management Learning and Education Unconference. Christchurch. Retrieved from https://www.rmle.org/2020/02/13/university-canterbury-new-zealand-2020/

  • Lowery-Kappes, H., Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2019). Collaborating to strengthen future careers: Bridging academia and career services.. In 2019 NAGCAS (National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) Conference. Perth.

  • Tran, T., Hurd, F., Dyer, S., & Sinha, P. (2019). “Where are the Vietnamese Feminists?” The impact of successive colonisation on the representation of Vietnamese women throughout history. In S. Mowatt (Ed.), The 11th Annual Conference of AAHANZBS: Institutions & Change. Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved from https://workresearch.aut.ac.nz/

  • Teaheniu, D., Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2019). Decolonising the 'Double Bind': Experiences of matrilineal Solomon Islands women working in the formal urban sector. In Gender and Diversity Research Showcase 2019: Playing the Infinite Game in Gender & Diversity Research. Auckland.

  • Lowery-Kappes, H., Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2019). Strengthening understanding of career theory in practice within the learning space. In CDANZ 2019: Your Practice Today & Tomorrow. Christchurch: The Career Development Association of New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.cdanz.org.nz/professional-learning/events/cdanz-conference-2019/

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2018). Developing and understanding of equality within business schools. In Conference Proceedings - Managing the many faces of sustainable work. Auckland: ANZAM. Retrieved from http://anzamconference.org/

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2018). Developing and understanding of equality within business schools. In 32nd ANZAM Conference. Auckland. Retrieved from http://anzamconference.org/

  • Hardaker, J., Dyer, S., Hurd, F., & Harcourt, M. (2018). Gendered experiences of workplace conflict: The perspective of female leaders. In Gender and Diversity Research Symposium: 125 years of female suffrage - Challenges and hope in gender and diversity research and practice. Auckland: AUT Gender and Diversity Research Group. Retrieved from https://www.aut.ac.nz/

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2018). Highlighting space within a study of Time: Locational path dependence in the development of New Zealand’s largest power station. In 10th Annual Conference AAHANZBS 2018. Sydney: The Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools. Retrieved from https://sydney.edu.au/

  • Hurd, F., Lane, C., & Dyer, S. (2018). ‘Global Careers’ or Displacement within the Global Factory? Vulnerability within a New Zealand single industry town workforce. In 6th International Conference on Precarious Work and Vulnerable Workers. Auckland. Retrieved from https://cohsr.aut.ac.nz/

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2017). Perfect storm or serendipity: The decline of coal mining, an oil crisis, ‘Think Big’, and the development of New Zealand’s largest power station. In Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) 9th Annual Conference: Abstracts and Papers (pp. 3 pages). Sydney. Retrieved from http://sydney.edu.au/business/research/blhg/aahanzbs/conference_2017

  • Hurd, F. (2017). Perfect storm, serendipity or a brief reprieve: The localised impacts of a decline in coal mining, global oil crisis, ‘Think Big’, and the development of New Zealand’s largest power station. In Business History as a Platform for Progress. Auckland. Retrieved from https://workresearch.aut.ac.nz/

  • Hurd, F., & Nagar, S. (2017). Bringing the principles of responsible management education (PRME) into the Australasian international business classroom: The case of the Cambodian garment industry. In Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business:The contribution of MNEs to building sustainable societies (pp. 238). Dubai: Academy of International Business. Retrieved from https://aib.msu.edu/events/2017/

  • Hurd, F. (2016). Union mutuality beyond the ‘mutual’: The collective development of a N.Z. single industry town hospital. In The 8th Annual Conference of AAHANZBS. Alternative Business Histories (pp. 21-23). .

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2016). Perceptions of sexual harassment: Reflections from the classroom. In Gender and Diversity: Critical Perspectives (pp. 5-6). Auckland.

  • Hurd, F., & Dyer, S. (2015). Documenting change at the national, industry, corporate and community level: The case of a New Zealand forestry town 1950-2013. In The Seveth Annual Conference of the AAHANZBS: Global business practices in historical perspective (pp. 5-8). .


  • Hurd, F. (2015). "We came here for work": Recollections of globalisation and changes to work in a New Zealand single industry town. (University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz/

Oral presentations

  • Dyer, S., & Hurd, F. (2020). Creativity in the classroom: Exploring the wicked problems of business using visual pedagogies. Online via zoom, and Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Dyer, S., Hurd, F., & Lowery-Kappes, H. (2019). Career theory in practice. Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.waikato.ac.nz/nzibr/home

Other outputs

  • Hurd, F., Lowrey-Kappes, H., & Dyer, S. (2019). Collaboration for improving students’ understanding of careers: Successfully bridging the academic/practice divide.. In Te Mōhiotanga, Career Development Association of New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.cdanz.org.nz/

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