Tagonei Mharapara

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Email: tago.mharapara@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3781-553X

Academic appointments:

  • Research Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2018 - ongoing)


  • PhD, University of Auckland
  • MA, University of Oklahoma
  • BA, Saint John's University
  • Fellowship, Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)


Dr Tago Mharapara is a Research Lecturer in the Department of Management within AUT's Faculty of Business, Economics & Law. As an educator, Tago embraces his responsibility as a preparer of Great Graduates. Regarding teaching and learning, Tago establishes and maintains a psychologically safe classroom environment that encourages students to find their voice and to flourish academically.

Dr Tago Mharapara’s research is centred around organisational behaviour and organisational psychology themes. His research is applied in nature and seeks to inform policy and practice in under-studied and under-appreciated professions such as Midwifery and Early Childhood Education. Tago is the principal investigator for the New Zealand Midwifery Work and Wellbeing (NZ-MidWoW) Study. The NZ-MidWoW is an interdisciplinary project involving AUT's Department of Midwifery and the New Zealand College of Midwives.

Dr Tago Mharapara's is the Department of Management representative on the Boards of Studies and Examinations for the Faculty of Business, Economics & Law. He also serves on the steering committee for Industrial-Organisational Special Interests Group (IOSIG) under the auspices of Human Resources New Zealand.

Research interests:

Research Areas:
Individual differences (e.g., calling, meaningfulness)
Work design (e.g., autonomy, psychological safety)
Wellbeing at work (e.g., boundary management)
Work outcomes (e.g., emotional labour).

Teaching summary:

Teaching Areas:
Professional Masters
Stress & Resilience at Work
Organisational Behaviour
Work Placement Supervision

Fields of research:

  • Business and Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Professional Member, Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology (2020 - ongoing)
  • Professional Member, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) (2019 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Ako Aronui, Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) (2019 - ongoing)

Contribution to academic environment

  • Principal Investigator - NZ Midwifery Work & Wellbeing Study, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) (2018 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Mharapara, T. L., Cooper-Thomas, H. D., Hutchison, A., & Callahan, J. L. (2019). Assessing constructive supervisor behavior: Development and evaluation of a brief follower-rated scale. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 30(2), 197-218. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21339

  • Kisamore, J. L., Jawahar, I. M., Liguori, E. W., Mharapara, T. L., & Stone, T. H. (2010). Conflict and abusive workplace behaviors: The moderating effects of social competencies. Career Development International, 15(6). doi:10.1108/13620431011084420

Conference contributions

  • Mharapara, T. (2020). Using radical candour in assessment feedback. In International Conference of the Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (iMOBTS 2020). Christchurch: Management Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. Retrieved from https://mobts.org/#

  • Mharapara, T., Cooper-Thomas, H., & Ann, H. (2019). Comparing models of follower outcomes: Constructive and destructive leader behavior. In 33rd Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. Cairns: ANZAM. Retrieved from http://anzamconference.org/

  • Clemons, J., & Mharapara, T. (2019). Service to others and professional calling as mediators of family permeability and work-family enrichment in New Zealand self-employed midwives. In 8th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology & Organisational Behaviour Conference. Auckland: ANZOPOB.

  • Mharapara, T., & Haar, J. (2017). Exploring consequences of proximal withdrawal states: A three-month time interval study.. In 31st Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management. Melbourne: ANZAM.

  • Mharapara, T., & Cooper-Thomas, H. (2016). The impact of ineffective leader behaviour on follower satisfaction, engagement and proficiency.. In The 10th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH). Auckland: International Workplace Bullying and Harassment Association.

  • Mharapara, T., Wielkiewicz, R., & Stelzner, S. (2014). Can balanced leadership drive innovative behaviour?. In 3rd Annual Aotearoa New Zealand Org Psychology Org Behavior Conference. North Shore: ANZOPOB.