Dr Peter McGhee

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext 5865

Email: p.mcghee@aut.ac.nz


  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Auckland, NZ)
  • Masters of Business Studies (First Class Honours) (Massey University, NZ)
  • Masters of Education (First Class Honours) (University of Auckland, NZ)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership (University of Cumbria, UK)
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Ethics (University of Auckland, NZ)
  • National Diploma in Accountancy (Auckland Institute of Technology, NZ)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Australian Association of Applied & Professional Ethics
  • Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Academy of Management (USA)
  • AUT Ethics Committee Business Faculty Representative


I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Management in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at Auckland University of Technology where I have been teaching in the area of business ethics and sustainability for over 15 years. I am a current member of AUTEC, the university research ethics committee. I have been on this committee for 5 years. My expertise and research interests are in business ethics, workplace spirituality, and sustainability.

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, 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.

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 10 years. I am married and have two teenage children. My favourite pastimes include reading, 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. I am also a board member of Bays Youth, a non-profit organisation working with at-risk young people.

Teaching Areas:

  • Business Ethics
  • Sustainability
  • Organisational Behaviour

Research Areas:

  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainability and Business
  • Spirituality in the Workplace
  • Critical Management Studies

Current Research Projects:

  • Are unions in New Zealand ready for a Just Transition? (with Dr. Julie Douglas)
  • The institutionalisation of ethics into New Zealand’s top 200 organisations (with Dr. Julie Douglas & Dr. Patricia Grant)
  • Ethical leadership and employee wellbeing: The mediating role of organisational trust (with Professor Jarrod Haar & Dr. Patricia Grant)
  • Correlates of ethical leadership on workplace negative acts and employee work attitudes: A meta-analytical review (with Prof. Stephen Teo & Dr. Patricia Grant)
  • Tempered Radicals: Spiritual individuals as change agents for organisational ethicality (with Dr. Patricia Grant)
  • Developing and testing the Human Quality Treatment scale based on the work of Mele (2014) (with Prof. Jarrod Haar, Dr. Patricia Grant and Dr. Kemi Ogunyemi)
  • “Spirituality & Religion at Work: A Christian View” chapter for the forthcoming The Routledge Companion To Management And Workplace Spirituality (with Prof. Edwina Pio)


Recent Publications & Conferences:

  1. McGhee, P. & Habets, M. (2018). Priests of creation, mediators of order: Taking God to work (pp. 77-96). In Ewest, T. (Ed.). Faith and work: Christian Perspectives, Research and Insights into the Movement (pp. 77-96). IAP publishers, Charlotte, NC.
  2. McGhee, P. & Grant, P. (2017). Applying critical realism in spirituality at work research. Management Research Review 40(8):845-869.
  3. McGhee, P. & Habets, M. (2017) TGIF! A theology of workers and their work. Evangelical Review of Theology 41(1):32-47.
  4. McGhee, P. & Grant P. (2017). Sustainability leadership: It’s not about heroes (pp. 11-30). In Eweje, G. & Bathurst, R. (Eds.) CSR, Sustainability, and Leadership (pp. 11-30). Routledge, Abingdon, UK.
  5. Grant, P. & McGhee, P. (2017). Personal moral values of directors and corporate governance. Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society 17(1):1-12.
  6. 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 [online]. doi:10.1007/s10551-016-3432-z
  7. 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.
  8. McGhee, P. (2017). Using spiritual intelligence to transform organizational cultures. Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, 22(1):4-14 2017
  9. McGhee, P. & Grant, P. (2016). The social nature of knowledge management: A virtue ethics approach. In A.J.G. Sison (Ed.), Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management (Vol. E-reference). Germany: Springer-Verlag.
  10. Grant, P. L., & McGhee, P. (2014). Corporate governance reform: Character-building structures. Business Ethics: A European review, 23(2), 125-138.
  11. 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 (Vol. 38, pp. 97-109). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
  12. McGhee, P. & Grant, P. (2016). Teaching the virtues of sustainability as flourishing to undergraduate business students. Global Virtue Ethics Review, 7(2). Available from: http://www.spaef.com/gver.php
  13. McGhee, P., & Grant, P. (2015). The influence of managers’ spiritual mindfulness on ethical praxis and behaviour in organisations. Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, 2015, 8(1), 12-33.


  • Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching (2004)
  • Business Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2008)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008)
  • AUTSA nominee for best lecturer in the Business Faculty (2010)
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