Creativity in Organisations Research Group (CORG)


Researching the arts-business nexus and how creativity informs organisational and leadership development. We are an inter-disciplinary team of researchers who are working with artists in the community to facilitate artistic and design sensibilities in everything we do. We critically engage with the discourses of innovation and creativity and apply the arts to make organizational lives more rewarding and meaningful. Our work is interdisciplinary and is always engaged with industry and the community, and we collaborate with a wide range of international scholars and artists. 


  • Dr Ralph Bathurst

    Dr Ralph Bathurst

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    Dr Ralph Bathurst is a leadership scholar focusing on the arts of leadership and the aesthetics of organisations.  He has published in Leadership, Journal of Management Inquiry, International Journal of Arts Management, ephemera: theory & politics in organization and Philosophy of Management. He maintains an interest in arts organisations and their sustainability, focusing on how the arts can influence business practice.  

  • Dr Trudie Cain

    Dr Trudie Cain

    Senior Lecturer in Sociology - School of People, Environment and Planning

  • Dr Rand Hazou

    Dr Rand Hazou

    Senior Lecturer - School of English and Media Studies

    Rand is a theatre practitioner and scholar with experience working in a variety of contexts. His knowledge of theatre theory combined with practical experience as a theatre facilitator ensures that he brings a developed awareness of ‘practice’ into the seminar room and of ‘critical thought’ into the studio. His research interests lie in theatre that addresses exclusion and engages with issues of social justice. His research interests include 'Applied Theatre' and 'Intercultural Performance' as well as a keen interest in forms of 'Documentary Theatre'. He has a developing research profile related to Palestinian Theatre specifically, and Arab Theatre more generally.

  • Dr Damian Ruth

    Dr Damian Ruth

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Associate Professor Janet Sayers

    Associate Professor Janet Sayers

    Acting Associate Head of School - School of Management - School of Management

Publications & Projects


  • Bathurst, RJ., & Edwards, M. (2017). The road to madness arrests our hearts: Reflections on two contemporary novels. Leadership. 13(1), 120-124 
  • Bathurst, RJ., & Kennedy, F. (2017). Hunting the ‘play’: A leadership suite in 12 movements. Leadership. 13(1), 20-34 Retrieved from
  • Curran-Cournane, F., Cain, T., Greenhalgh, S., & Samarsinghe, O. (2016). Attitudes of a farming community towards urban growth and rural fragmentation – An Auckland case study. Land Use Policy. 58, 241-250
  • Hazou, RT. (2017). Performing the Precariat: Acting for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Aotearoa New Zealand’. In S. Groot, C. Van Ommen, B. Masters-Awatere, & N. Tassell-Matamua (Eds.) Precarity: Uncertain, Insecure and Unequal Lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 241 - 253). Auckland: Massey University Press
  • Ruth, DW. (2017). The secret life of dead spaces. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization. 17(3), 619-639
  • Ruth, D., Wilson, S., Alakavuklar, O., & Dickson, A. (2018). Anxious academics: talking back to the audit culture through collegial, critical and creative autoethnography. Culture and Organization. 24(2), 154-170
  • Martin, LA., Edwards, M., & Sayers, JG. (2018). A “novel” Discovery: Exploring women's literary fiction for use in management and leadership education. Academy of Management Learning and Education. 17(1), 24-40
  • Poulter, C., Sayers, JG., & Tipples, R. (2016). Retention of migrants in the New Zealand dairy industry. Primary Industries Journal. 20(1), 36-41 Retrieved from
  • Bathurst, R. J., & Cain, T. (2013). Embodied leadership: The aesthetics of gesture. Leadership, 9(3), 358–377. 
  • Bathurst, R. J., & Cain, T. (2013). From authenticity to communitas: An ecology of leadership. In D. Ladkin & C. Spiller (Eds.), Authentic leadership: Clashes, convergences and coalescences (pp. 195–207). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.




For enquiries with the group, please contact Dr. Ralph Bathurst.

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