Dr Peter McGhee

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Deputy Head of Department

Email: peter.mcghee@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4089-5040

Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2010 - ongoing)
  • Lecturer, AIT/AUT (2000 - 2010)


  • PhD in Management, University of Auckland
  • Masters of Business (First Class Hons), Massey University
  • Masters of Education (First Class Hons), University of Auckland
  • PostGrad Cert in Sustainability Leadership, Cumbria University
  • GradDip in Ethics, University of Auckland
  • National Diploma in Accounting, AIT


I am Deputy HOD and a senior lecturer in the Department of Management in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at Auckland University of Technology where I teach in the area of business ethics and sustainability. I have been a previous a member of AUTEC, the university research ethics committee.

Prior to starting at AUT, I was employed as a risk analyst and operations manager at two different multinationals in the financial services industry for 8 years. I am married and have two children. My favourite pastimes include reading, playing and watching basketball and spending time with my family.

I am a current board member of The Leprosy Mission New Zealand (TLMNZ), a development agency working with people affected by leprosy in the majority world.

Research interests:

My expertise and research interests are in business ethics, workplace spirituality, sustainability, and critical management studies. Previously my work has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics: A European Review, Sustainability Journal, Professional Ethics Journal, and the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion.

My PhD investigated ethical decision-making and workplace spirituality. I found that highly spiritual persons were more aware of ethical issues, were more likely to make better ethical judgements, and were more likely to act ethically in organisations. This, in turn, generated two significant benefits for an organisation: 1) enhanced ethical practice (i.e., changing organizational culture for the good), and 2) enhanced ethical influence (i.e., role modelling ethical conduct to others).

My recent work focuses on ethical leadership, human quality treatment at work, and educating for sustainability.

I am currently supervising several PhDs and Masters degrees in the areas of Sustainability, Leadership, and Diversity as well as being a guest editor for a Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics (JBE) on Ethics and the Future of Meaningful Work (https://www.springer.com/journal/10551/updates/17488220).

Teaching summary:

I teach (or have taught) in the following areas:

Business Ethics
Sustainability Leadership
Responsible Leadership

My teaching has been recognised with several awards:

2004 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching
2008 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
2019 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Team Teaching Excellence
2020 Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute (https://www.ideasworthteachingawards.com/)

Professional activities:

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management (2019)
  • 2019 Faculty of Business, Economics & Law Dean's Publication Award, Auckland University of Technology (2019)
  • 2018 Showcase Symposium Award, Academy of Management, MSR Division (2018)
  • 2017 Faculty of Business, Economics & Law Dean's Publication Award, Auckland University of Technology (2017)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award for Academy of Management, MSR Division, Academy of Managment (2016)

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Guest Editor, Journal of Business Ethics (2019 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • McGhee, P. (2019). Integrating Christian spirituality at work: Combining top-down and bottom-up approaches. Religions, 10(7). doi:10.3390/rel10070433

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2019). Sustainability-as-flourishing: Teaching for a sustainable future. Social Responsibility Journal, 16(7), 1035-1052. doi:10.1108/SRJ-03-2019-0095

  • Jayawardena-Willis, T. S., Pio, E., & McGhee, P. (2019). The Divine States (brahmaviharas) in managerial ethical decision-making in organisations in Sri Lanka: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Business Ethics. doi:10.1007/s10551-019-04240-6

  • Grant, P., Arjoon, S., & McGhee, P. (2017). Reconciling ethical theory and practice: Toward developing a business ethics pedagogical model. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, 36(1), 41-65. doi:10.5840/bpej2016113046

  • Grant, P., & McGhee, P. (2017). Personal moral values of directors and corporate governance. Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, 17(1). doi:10.1108/CG-03-2016-0046

  • Grant, P., Arjoon, S., & McGhee, P. (2017). In pursuit of eudaimonia: How virtue ethics captures the self-understandings and roles of corporate directors. Journal of Business Ethics. doi:10.1007/s10551-016-3432-z

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2017). Applying critical realism in spirituality at work research. Management Research Review, 40(8). doi:10.1108/MRR-05-2016-0124

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2016). The transcendent influence of spirituality on ethical action in organizations. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 14(2). doi:10.1080/14766086.2016.1268539

  • Grant, P., & McGhee, P. (2014). Corporate governance reform: Character-building structures. Business Ethics: A European Review, 23(2). doi:10.1111/beer.12043

  • Grant, P., & McGhee, P. (2012). Phronesis and spirituality in the workplace. Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, 6(1). doi:10.15183/slm2012.06.1113

  • Rozuel, C., & McGhee, P. (2012). Investigating the convergence of Corporate Social Responsibility and spirituality at work. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 14(1). Retrieved from http://www.cappe.edu.au/publications/ajpae.htm

  • McGhee, P. (2010). The Supposed Courage of Corporate Whistleblowers. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 10(1 & 2). Retrieved from http://www.cappe.edu.au/publications/ajpae-past-issues.htm#Vol11_1

  • Grant, P., & McGhee, P. K. (2010). The Essential Role of Virtue Ethics in Spiritual Leadership. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 11(1). Retrieved from http://www.cappe.edu.au/publications/ajpae.htm

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2008). Spirituality and ethical behaviour in the workplace: Wishful thinking or authentic reality. Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, 13(2), 61-69. Retrieved from http://ejbo.jyu.fi/archives.html

  • McGhee, P., & Blackburn, M. (2007). The excellent entrepreneur: Old virtues for new ventures?. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 9(2). Retrieved from http://www.cappe.edu.au/publications/ajpae-past-issues.htm#Vol9_2

  • Oliver, G., Kearins, K., & McGhee, P. (2005). "Professional" codes of ethics: A New Zealand study. New Zealand Journal of Applied Business Research, 4(1).

  • Blackburn, M., & McGhee, P. (2005). Talking virtue: professionalism in business & virtue ethics. Global Virtue Ethics Review, 5(4). Retrieved from http://www.spaef.com/GVER_PUB/

  • McGhee, P., & O'Donovan, T. (2004). Experiential interdisciplinary learning: The small business experience. New Zealand Journal of Applied Business Research, 3(1).

  • Pajo, K., & McGhee, P. (2003). The institutionalisation of business ethics: Are New Zealand organisations doing enough?. Journal of Management and Organization, 9(1), 52-65. doi:10.5172/jmo.2003.9.1.52

Book chapters

  • Jayawardena-Willis, T., Pio, E., & McGhee, P. (2020). Why manage with insight? A Buddhist view that goes beyond mindfulness.. In S. Dhiman (Ed.), Routledge companion to mindfulness at work. Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2020). Spiritual mindfulness for management. In S. Dhiman (Ed.), The Routledge companion to mindfulness at work. Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2020). Hedonic versus (True) Eudaimonic well-being in organizations. In S. Dhiman (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of workplace well-being. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-02470-3

  • Pio, E., & McGhee, P. (2019). Spirituality and religion at work: Christian traditions in action. In J. Marques (Ed.), The Routledge companion to management and workplace spirituality (pp. 88-100). United States: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2019). Educating for sustainability-as-flourishing. In G. Eweje, & R. Bathurst (Eds.), Clean, green and responsible? Soundings from down under (pp. 47-64). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-21436-4

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2018). Workplace spirituality and virtue ethics. In S. Dhiman, G. E. Roberts, & J. E. Crossman (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of workplace spirituality and fulfillment (pp. 475-489). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-62163-0_16

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2017). Sustainability leadership: It’s not about heroes. In G. Eweje, & R. Bathurst (Eds.), CSR, sustainability, and leadership (pp. 11-30). New York: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

  • McGhee, P., & Habets, M. (2016). Priests of creation, mediators of order: Taking god to work. In T. Ewest (Ed.), Faith and Work: Christian Perspectives, Research and Insights into the Movement. Charlotte, USA: Information Age Publications. Retrieved from http://www.infoagepub.com/

  • McGhee, P.K.., & Grant, P. G. (2016). The social nature of knowledge management: A virtue ethics approach. In A. Sison, & M. G. Merino (Eds.), Handbook of virtue ethics in knowledge and management. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6729-4_125-1

  • Grant, P., & McGhee, P. (2013). Organisational narcissism: A case of failed corporate governance?. In H. Harris, G. Wijesinghe, & S. McKenzie (Eds.), The heart of the good institution: Virtue ethics as a framework for responsible management (pp. 97-109). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5473-7

  • McGhee, P. (2012). Virtue Ethics & the Environment. In Idowu, S.O, N. Capaldi, L. Zu, & A. Das Gupta (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility. Germany: Springer-Verlag. Retrieved from http://springerreference.com/docs/html/chapterdbid/333372.html

Conference contributions

  • Jayawardena-Willis, T., Pio, E., & McGhee, P. (2018). A Buddhist view of managers’ moral development in ethical decision-making in organisations in Sri Lanka. In 32nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. Auckland: Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management.

  • Haar, J., Staniland, N., & McGhee, P. (2018). Career satisfaction among indigenous employees: Exploring whānau and organizational factors. In Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference Event Program (pp. 181-182). Sydney.

  • Teo, S., Nguyen, D., McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2018). Correlates of ethical leadership on workplace negative acts and employee work attitudes: A meta-analytical review. In Better understanding of workplace bullying and harassment in a changing world (pp. 103-104). Bordeaux, France. Retrieved from https://bullying2018.sciencesconf.org/

  • Haar, J., Staniland, N., & McGhee, P. (2018). A Kaupapa Maori research methodology: Phases for conducting quantitative research. In P. Demartinia, & M. Marchiori (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th European conference on research methodology for business and management studies (ECRM 2018) (pp. 156-162). Rome. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/?ECRM2018

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2016). Ethical decisions or ethical dimensions: Learnings for Perez Lopez’s decision making model. In 6th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference. Queensland. Retrieved from http://aben.org.au/

  • Jayawardena,, T., Pio, E., & McGhee, P. (2016). Ethical decision-making in organisations: A Buddhist interpretative phenomenological analysis. In 5th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference. Auckland.

  • Douglas, J., & McGhee, P. (2016). Are New Zealand unions ready for a just transition?. In 30th Annual AIRAANZ Conference - Conference Handbook (pp. 44). Darling Harbour, Sydney. Retrieved from http://www.airaanz.org/conferences.html

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P.. (2012). Virtue ethics: A new (old) way of looking at CSR. In First Australasian Business Ethics Network Conference. Auckland.

  • McGhee, P., & Rozuel, C. (2012). CSR and Workplace Spirituality: Companions, Rivals or Enemies?. In First Australasian Business Ethics Network Conference. Auckland.

  • Grant, P.., & McGhee, P. (2011). The Problem of Ethical Incongruence in Corporate Governance Reform-the need for a paradigm shift.. In 24th European Buiness Ethics Network Annual Conference. Belgium: European Business Ethics Network.

  • Rozuel, C., & McGhee, P. (2011). CSR and Spirituality at Work: Convergent or Divergent?. In First Australasian Business Ethics Network. Auckland.

  • Grant, P., & McGhee, P. (2010). Phronesis & Spirituality in the Workplace. In Inaugural Wisdom in Management conference. Canberra.

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2009). Virtue: The Missing Piece in Spiritual Leadership. In Professions in the Coimmunity. Goulburn, NSW: Australian Association For Applied & Professional Ethics. Retrieved from http://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/aapae/events/events.htm#conferences

  • McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2008). The Authentic Reality of Spirituality & Ethics in the Workplace. In 15th annual AAPAE Conference. Brisbane. Retrieved from http://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/aapae/events/events.htm#conferences

  • McGhee, P. (2007). Corporate Whistleblowers & Moral Courage. In Enhancing Responsibility. Melbourne: Australian Association For Applied & Professional Ethics. Retrieved from http://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/aapae/events/events.htm#conferences

  • Nuttall, P. (2004). Insiders vs outsiders: Investor protection in NZ. [Online]. In Corporate governance and ethics: Beyond contemporary perspectives [Conference Proceedings]. Sydney: http://www.une.edu.au/febl/Business/Conference/CorpGov/Papers/Pam%20Nuttall%20paper.pdf. Retrieved from http://www.une.edu.au/

  • O'Donovan, T., & McGhee, P. (2003). The small business experience: "Real life" learning from an interdisciplinary perspective [Abstract; Electronic]. In 7th Pacific Rim, First Year in Higher Education Conference, Queensland University of Technology, QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane, Australia. : QUT. http://www.qut.edu.au/talss/fye/papers03/Posters/O%27Donovan_ab.htm. Retrieved from http://www.qut.edu.au/talss/fye/papers03/Posters/O%27Donovan_ab.htm

  • McGhee, P., Francis, R., & Blackburn, M. (2003). Shareholders rule, stakeholders stand back: CSR reporting in the New Zealand retail industry. [Online]. In AAPAE: Australian Association for Applied and Professional Ethics Conference 2003, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, City Campus, Flinders St, Melbourne. : Centre for International Corporate Governance Research. http://www.businessandlaw.vu.edu.au/cigr/refereed_papers_contents.htm.. Retrieved from http://www.businessandlaw.vu.edu.au/


  • McGhee, P. (2015). The role of spirituality in ethical decision-making and behaviour and the benefits to organisations: A critical realist analysis. (University of Auckland, Auckland). Retrieved from https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/handle/2292/25435

  • McGhee Peter. (2001). Can organisations learn? A complex adaptive system's paradigm. (University of Auckland, Auckland).

Working paper/discussions

Other outputs

  • Lips-Wiersma, M., & McGhee, P. (2020). Insights on NZ sustainability professionals 2020 Report. Oxygen Consulting, Sustainable Business Network, Sustainable Business Council. Retrieved from https://www.oxygen-consulting.co.nz/

  • Skilling, P. D., & McGhee, P. (2012). Introduction: Ethical expectations and disappointments. In Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics (Iss. 1). Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics.

  • McGhee, P. (2007). Book Review: Responsive Labour: A Theology of Work by David H. Jensen. In Pacific Journal of Baptist Research (Iss. 2). Carey-Laidlaw Centre for Theological Research.

  • McGhee, P. (2007). [Review of the book: Attracta Lagan and Brian Moran, (2006). Three dimensional ethics: Implementing workplace values. Maleny QLD: eContent Management Pty Ltd]. [On-line]. In Journal of Management and Organization (Iss. 2). eContent Management. Retrieved from http://jmo.e-contentmanagement.com/

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