Taghreed Hikmet

Taghreed Hikmet

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Business
Master of Business Administration

The global nature of today’s businesses means companies often outsource their activities beyond their home country’s borders. It’s how companies do this successfully that Taghreed Hikmet, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in international business, is interested in researching.

“Moving activities to offshore locations has been facilitated by developments in communication, technology, transport and logistics over the last few decades.

“This so-called offshore outsourcing raises questions around how companies change their management or governance modes. Offshore outsourcing is often perceived negatively by the public, and I want to make the wider community aware of how important high-tech manufacturing SMEs are to the economy.”

Taghreed’s research looks at topics like intellectual property, issues around governance, and host country institutional environment.

Fulfilment and success
Taghreed says that returning to study was the right step for her career.

“I’ve developed skills applicable to academic research and also for potential employers in my industry.”

A chance to represent AUT overseas also boosted her confidence in her abilities.

“In 2016, I represented the AUT Business School at a masterclass workshop at Reading University in the UK.”

Returning to university
As a mature student, it had been 20 years since Taghreed had been at university, and she was nervous about returning.

“I doubted my abilities in using new technology and competing with the younger generation, but the level of support available to me as a mature student was incredible.

“The academic staff helped me succeed in managing the demands of my studies, work and family commitments. They were so willing to share their research and industry expertise. I’m sure I will make use of the lifelong skills and knowledge that I’ve developed through my journey at AUT.”