Dr Smita Singh

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Senior Lecturer

Email: smita.singh@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0819-2364

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  • PhD, University of Waikato
  • Masters of Business (First Class Honours), Auckland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Business, Auckland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science, Lucknow University


My association with AUT goes back to 2003 when I arrived from India and completed two qualifications as an international student: A Graduate Diploma in Business and a Master of Business (with first-class honors). Developing skills and knowledge through these qualifications, combined with a keen interest in doing research and teaching, led to being awarded a Ph.D. scholarship at the University of Waikato and further deepened my interest in academia. After the completion of my doctoral studies, I returned to AUT as a lecturer in 2013. Since then, I have taught a range of Entrepreneurship and Management courses at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels and degrees. I have supervised and examined many students' research and enjoy collaborating with and inspiring students to strive for excellence and serve their communities.

Underpinning my research is a passion for illuminating the hidden stories, how work and people's wellbeing are interconnected, focusing on the possibilities of growth and development that lie within the silent experiences of loss, 'taken-for-granted' cultural taboos, and stigmatized conditions. My doctoral research on 'failure as experienced by entrepreneurs' catalysed my interest in including vulnerable populations' voices and bringing forward conversations on topics selectively perceived as too unsettling, morbid, or dark and therefore avoided. I cross disciplinary boundaries to explore such issues and contexts in entrepreneurs' lives and their enterprises' work. More recently, this focus includes academic work and life, which inevitably shapes students' preparedness for future work.

I serve as an Associate Editor for the Management, Spirituality & Religion Journal. I also regularly review articles for well-regarded, international peer-reviewed journals and conferences such as Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Learning and Education, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Conference.

My research is featured and shared through teaching and various well-known industry platforms and community engagement invitations, such as a TEDx talk titled 're-imagining failure,' RadioLive, Idealog, and Callaghan Innovation and NZBusiness.

Research interests:

My ongoing research projects and post graduate research supervisions include the following:
- Entrepreneurship- identity, wellbeing, legitimacy, stigmatized identity, ethics, and gender bias
- Critically reflexive methodologies, narratives, performative writing, discourse analysis
- Enterprise work in areas of sexual health, recidivism, poverty, and gendered violence
- Business Education and Visual Arts Based Approach
- Failure and Academic wellbeing

Teaching summary:

Social Entrepreneurship
Co-operative education supervisions
Masters and PhD supervisions
Other Courses taught: Management and Organisation, Strategic Management, Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

Professional activities:

Featured professional activities

    Appointment, affiliation, and membership

    • Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion (2020 - ongoing)

    Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

    • Best Paper Award, The Twelfth International Conference on Emotions and Organizational Life (EMONET XII) (2020)
    • Teaching Innovation - Excellence in Teaching Award 2019, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (2019)

    Research outputs:

    Journal articles

    • Lorenzo, D., Lips-Wiersma, M., & Singh, S. (2020). "Social" value creation as care: The perspective of beneficiaries in social entrepreneurship. Social Enterprise Journal, 16(3), 339-360. doi:10.1108/SEJ-11-2019-0082

    • Ingley, C., Singh, S., & Malkani, A. (2020). Teasing out fieldwork challenges with e-mail methods in cross-border research. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 15(3), 402-418. doi:10.1108/QROM-02-2017-1490

    • Parker, J., Corner, P. D., Woodfield, P. J., & Singh, S. (2019). Developing endogenous innovations: Corporate entrepreneurship and effectuation. Entrepreneurship Research Journal. doi:10.1515/erj-2017-0122

    • 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). Retrieved from https://www.nzjournal.org/

    • Corner, P. D., Singh, S., & Pavlovich, K. (2017). Entrepreneurial resilience and venture failure. International Small Business Journal, 35(6). doi:10.1177/0266242616685604

    • Pio, E., & Singh, S. (2016). Vulnerability and resilience: Critical reflexivity in gendered violence research. Third World Quarterly, 37(2). doi:10.1080/01436597.2015.1089166

    • Singh, S., Corner, P. D., & Pavlovich, K. (2015). Failed, not finished: A narrative approach to understanding venture failure stigmatization. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(1). doi:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2014.07.005

    • Singh, S., Corner, P. D., & Pavlovich, K. (2015). Spirituality and entrepreneurial failure. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 13(1). doi:10.1080/14766086.2015.1029961

    • Singh, S., Corner, P., & Pavlovich, K. (2007). Coping with entrepreneurial failure. Journal of Management and Organization, 13.

    Conference contributions

    • Smollan, R., & Singh, S. (2020). The emotions of failure in organizational life. In N. Ashkanasy, R. Humphrey, & A. Troth (Eds.), Emonet XII Conference programme and paper abstracts. Lancaster (virtual 2020). Retrieved from http://www.emotionsnet.org/

    • Rajaprakasha, I., Pio, E., & Singh, S. (2019). Articulating ethnic entrepreneurial identity: Past, present and future. In EURAM 2019 : Exploring the future of management, 26-28 June, ISCTE-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Lisboa Portugal (pp. 130-131). Lisbon: ISCTE IUL. Retrieved from http://www.euram-online.org/annual-conference-2019.html

    • Singh, S., & Pio, E. (2018). Inclusive through play - A case study of a social enterprise shattering oppressive sexual norms. In Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference Event Program (pp. 195-196). Sydney.

    • Parker, J., Corner, T., & Singh, S. (2016). Corporate entrepreneurship and effectuation: How endogenous ideas are developed into new products. In 30th Australian New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference. Brisbane: Australian New Zealand Academy of Management. Retrieved from https://anzam2016.com/

    • Singh, S., Corner, P., & Pavlovich, K. (2012). Self-stigmatisation of entrepreneurial failure. In ANZAM 2012 (pp. 1-22). Perth: ANZAM. Retrieved from https://www.anzam.org/events/types/events-conference/

    • Singh, S., Corner, T., & Pavlovich, K. (2012). Self stigmatisation of entrepreneurial failure. In 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (pp. 1-22). Perth: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Retrieved from https://www.anzam.org/


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