Research in management

Research by Management department staff aims to foster inclusive and future ready workplaces. It makes a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of individuals, families and the community in New Zealand and abroad, engaging with academic and public audiences.

Our staff have expertise in a range of methodologies drawing on diverse philosophical perspectives. We supervise nearly 50 PhD and master's research projects and work with many of our students to publish in peer reviewed academic journals.

Research strengths

Our academics have research strengths in:

  • Sustainability
  • Organisational and employment studies
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Careers
  • Organisational change
  • Wellbeing

Multidisciplinary research

Our staff  form the core group within the New Zealand Work Research Institute, which is the hub for a national network of university experts and practitioners in HRM and employment relations.

Several staff are also active members of the Gender and Diversity Research Group and the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, both based at AUT.

New Zealand Work Research Institute

Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research

Gender and Diversity Research Group

Published papers

Staff members’ research appears in top international journals, including:

  • Gender Work & Organization
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management Journal
  • Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • International Business Review
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
  • Journal of Business Venturing
  • British Journal of Management
  • Journal of Managerial Psychology
  • Labour History
  • Public Management Review
  • Tourism Management
  • Organization
  • Organization Science
  • Organization Studies

Professor Judith Pringle was one of the editors of The Sage Handbook of Organisational Diversity.

International engagement

Establishing and maintaining international connections and collaborations is a high priority.

Professor Kate Kearins is President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.

Professor Candice Harris is a founder and coordinator of the Gender Researchers in Tourism Studies (GRITS) international research network.

Professor Erling Rasmussen and Associate Professor Felicity Lamm are Co-Editors of the NZ Journal of Employment Relations.

Our staff serve on the editorial boards of international journals, including:

  • Business Strategy and the Environment
  • Equal Employment Opportunity International
  • Global Business and Economics Review
  • International Journal of Project Management
  • International Journal of Change Management
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Journal of Management and Organisation
  • Public Management Review
  • Labour History
  • Management Communication Quarterly
  • Organization Studies

Attracting research funding

Some group members have achieved significant success in attracting external funding for their research.

  • Professor Kate Kearins has been Joint Principal Investigator on a Marsden-funded project on New Zealand Business and Sustainability.
  • Professor Edwina Pio’s research on Indian women immigrants’ employment experiences in New Zealand has also attracted external funding.
  • Dr Irene Ryan was the recipient of a three-year Marsden Fast-Start Award to research the role of sport in male-dominated leadership cultures.
  • Dr Peter Skilling is currently engaged on a three-year project, funded by the Marsden Fast-Start Award, exploring public attitudes towards inequality.

Student research

Supervising research students at master's and doctoral level is an essential dimension of our work. We encourage our students to become accomplished researchers in topics that make important contributions to theory and practice. We also help them to disseminate their findings in appropriate publications.

Recent student research includes

  • Employer of choice: Whose choice is it? A case study of family-friendly policy in the public sector in New Zealand
  • Organisational culture and leadership influences in a strategic implementation process: A study of a small organisation
  • The business of peace building: Reconciliation and the spirit of enterprise
  • Leadership and governance for sustainability
  • Environmental management and sustainability reporting