Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group


The E&I special interest group aims to connect those involved in the research, teaching and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. The world is changing, and the pace of change is increasing all the time. We need people to behave entrepreneurially so that New Zealand can shape what comes next, shape change, rather than merely reacting to what's already out there. Business research and education can help create opportunities, start new ventures and make new enterprises grow.

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Dr Andrew Dickson Philosophy, Management, Management, Biochemistry

Senior Lecturer

School of Management (MAN)

I am a lecturer in Organisation Studies. I hold undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and business. My research interests involve applying a psychoanalytic lens to topics in the wider ‘health’ industry including: the impact of managerialism; gender relations; and embodied alienation in the sport sector. My PhD research was specifically on the weight-loss industry, where I used radical psychanalytic theory to understand how the diet industry produces faithful consumers.

I am an organisational sociologist based interested in critical theory and its application to the wider health sector. I am an expert in radical qualitative methods such as autoethnography and in the psychoanalytic study of organisations and organising (particularly Lacanian analysis). You can follow me on Twitter: @AndrewDickson13

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  • PhD - Massey University (2011)
  • MBS - Massey University (2008)
  • BBS - Massey University (2000)
  • BSc - Massey University (2000)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around the use of psychoanalysis to critically consider the structure and function of organisations and institutions, particularly in the 'health' sector I am also interested in the use of critical qualitative research methods such as autoethnography.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Organisation and Management Theory (150310): Organisational Behaviour (150311):
Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (179900): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Public Health and Health Services (111700): Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799):
Social Theory (160806): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)




The Diet Industry

Organisational Sociology

Organisational Change

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1

Research Outputs


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
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., Ruth, D., Wilson, S.
Holland, K., Dickson, AG., & Dickson, AJ. (2017). To the horror of experts: Reading beneath scholarship on pro-ana online communities. Critical Public Health. , 1-12
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Alakavuklar, ON., & Dickson, A. (2016). Social movements, resistance and social change in Aotearoa/New Zealand: an intervention for dialogue, collaboration and synergy. Kotuitui. 11(2), 83-88
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A.
Ruth, DW., Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., & Wilson, S. (2016). The bridge at IROR. Organization.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A., Ruth, D.
Dickson, A., & Alakavuklar, ON. (2016). (un)Ordering intellectual freedom. Continental Thought & Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom. 1(1), 58-61 Retrieved from http://ctt.canterbury.ac.nz/about-ctt/
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG., & Holland, K. (2016). Hysterical inquiry and autoethnography: A Lacanian alternative to institutionalized ethical commandments. Current Sociology. 65(1), 133-148
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Alakavuklar, ON., Dickson, AG., & Stablein, R. (2017). The alienation of scholarship in modern business schools: From marxist material relations to the Lacanian subject. Academy of Management Learning and Education. 16(3), 454-468
[Journal article]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A.
Wilson, S., & Dickson, A. (2016). Shifting sands: The positioning of the follower in leadership theorizing. Organization.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Warbrick, I., Dickson, A., Prince, R., & Heke, I. (2016). The biopolitics of Māori biomass: towards a new epistemology for Māori health in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Critical Public Health. 26(4), 394-404
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A., Prince, R.
Dickson, A. (2015). Hysterical blokes and the other's jouissance. Gender, Work and Organization. 22(2), 139-147
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, A. (2015). Re:living the body mass index: How A Lacanian autoethnography can inform public health practice. Critical Public Health. 25(4), 474-487
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, A. (2011). The jouissance of the Lard(er): Gender, desire and anxiety in the weight-loss industry. Culture and Organization. 17(4), 313-328
[Journal article]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Pausé, C., Brown, S., Carryer, J., Wolber, F., Finn, L., Longhurst, R., . . . Dickson, A. (2011). Response to letter 'New Zealand's shocking diabetes rates can be reduced-9 urgently needed actions'. New Zealand Medical Journal. 124(1343), 87-89
[Journal article]Authored by: Cain, T., Carryer, J., Dickson, A., Pause, C., Wolber, F.


Prichard, GC., Alamgir, F., Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., & Wilson, S. (2017). Having an impact: Qualitative research traditions in the critical study of management and their modes of influence. In C. Cassell, A. Cunliffe,, & G. Grandy (Eds.) The Sage handbook of qualitative business and management research methods. (pp. 69 - 85). : Sage Publications Ltd
[Chapter]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., Prichard, G., Wilson, S.


Dickson, AG., & salter, L. (2017, December). Healthy Food (the Pervert’s) Guide: Capitalising on the Culture(s) of Health. Presented at Cultures of Capitalism. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A., Salter, L.
Dickson, A., & Dresler, EK. (2017). (Re)Minding the Unconscious: Mindfulness and leadershiT.. , Doing business with the unconscious conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dickson, A., Dresler, E.
Dickson, A., & Dresler, EK. (2017). (Re)minding the unconscious: Mindfulness and the leadershit industry. (pp. 38 - 39). , Doing Business with the Unconscious
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dickson, A., Dresler, E.
Dresler, EK., & Dickson, A. (2017). Minding the unconscious: Mindfulness, social Dukkha and leadership. (pp. 8 - 8). , Doing Business with the Unconscious
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dickson, A., Dresler, E.
Dickson, A., & Thomson, J. (2016, June). Why runners reject fat bodies. Presented at Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment Conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A.Contributed to by: Thomson, J.
Dickson, AG. (2016, August). The business of anorexia: Expertly mediating the (consumptive) real. Presented at Mediating the Real. Otago University, Dunedin.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, A., & Alakavuklar, ON. (2016, September). Global capital playing the role of the pseudo-hysteric: An analysis of a protest. Presented at Social movements, resistance and social change III: The academic and activist interface. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A.
Ruth, DW., Alakavuklar, O., Wilson, S., & Dickson, A. (2015, November). The Bridge at IROR. Presented at 6th Australasian Caucus of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (ACSCOS). Macquarie University Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alakavuklar, O., Dickson, A., Ruth, D., Wilson, S.Contributed to by: Wilson, S.
Dickson, AG., & Zeiher, C. (2015, July). How are we enjoying? Some notes on attempting to harness a semblance of feminine jouissance in the neoliberal workplace.. Presented at Reason plus enjoyment. University of New South Wales, Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.Surviving modernity's 'fadism': Exploring the potential ethics of ancestral health. . Massey University, Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Catley, BE., & Dickson, A. (2014). Shrouds of violence: Revealing acts of workplace violence. In A. Hermens, S. Benn, K. Redfern, M. dela Rama, A. Fee, S. Harris, . . . B. Perrott (Eds.) 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Reshaping Management for Impact. (pp. 92 - 92). : 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Catley, B., Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.Body Mass, Public Perceptions and the Psycho-Sociology of the Endurance Athlete. . Wanaka
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG., & Catley, B. (2014, December). Shrouds of Violence: Revealing Acts of Workplace Violence. Presented at Australia New Zealand Academy of Management. UTS, Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.Society’s discontent : Profiting from dismay in the health sector. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG. (2012, July). Autoethnography, Fat Studies and Endurance Running: “The case of the fat athlete”. Presented at Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections 2012. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG. (2010, February). Perhaps fat is not a feminist issue: Masculine fat in the phallic-symbolic order. Presented at 3rd Annual Conference of the Centre for Lacanian Analysis. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.The (thin) Master and the (fat) Hysteric Lacanian discourse theory and the 'obesity epidemic'. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.The Jouissance of the Lard(er): Anxiety in weight loss. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.The Jouissance of the Lard(er): Gender, desire and anxiety. . Sydney
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.
Dickson, AG.'Centre's of Research Excellence' scheme: An immutable mobile?. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Dickson, A.

Consultancy and Languages


  • September - October 2013 - New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER)
    Evaluation of economic impact in the science sector

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Steven Scott - Doctor of Philosophy
    Between desire and knowledge: Towards a Lacanian MBA programme
  • Ellen Nelson - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Experiences of Women Officers who have Left the NZ Army

Media and Links


  • 31 Aug 2014 - Newspaper
    Anti-sugar campaigners 'wowsers'
  • 29 Dec 2016 - Newspaper
    Andrew Dickson: Taking the weight off our minds
    Opinion editorial in The Herald
  • 27 Jun 2017 - Online
    Body mass and evolution: why the body mass index
    Article in The Conversation website: Charles Darwin died in 1882 at the age of 73, likely of a heart attack. At the time, the average life span in England was about 44 years. Darwin, by any stretch of
  • 27 Jul 2017 - Online
    The leadership industry has infected...
    Article in The Spinoff website: ‘Leadership’ positions are reportedly set to skyrocket under a new DHB restructure plan. But what’s needed isn’t yet more overpaid leaders, writes Andrew Dickson – it’s
  • 25 May 2013 - Newspaper
    Nicky Pellegrino: Change your attitude and keep
  • 24 Jul 2013 - Newspaper
    Parents blind to kids' fat problem
  • 23 May 2017 - Newspaper
    Food providers more about weight anxiety
    Opinion Editorial
  • 23 Jul 2012 - Newspaper
    'Big' runner seeks Clydesdale category
  • 23 Jan 2018 - Magazine
    Defence and pretence
    Magazine feature for VetScript the magazine of the Veterinary Association of New Zealand
  • 20 Mar 2015 - Newspaper
    Milk for Schools – great programme, wrong product
    Opinion Editorial for National Business Review
  • 16 Sep 2016 - Newspaper
    Doing Business with the Unconscious - Part 3
    Beyond the Leadership Industry
  • 16 May 2013 - Newspaper
    Andrew Dickson: Unethical weight loss mantra
  • 14 Jul 2012 - Magazine
    Weight! There's more
    NZ Listener
  • 14 Jul 2012 - Radio
    Losing Weight: Andrew Dickson
    Saturday morning with Kim Hill: National Radio
  • 13 Jul 2012 - Television
    Fit and fat: A weighty issue
    Close Up: TVNZ
  • 10 Jun 2014 - Newspaper
    Focus on fat puts thin at risk
  • 10 Jul 2013 - Newspaper
    Fighting for fat pride
  • 10 Jul 2013 - Newspaper
    Teacher tries anti-diet approach
  • 10 Jul 2013 - Radio
    The Anti-Diet
    Afternoons with Jim Mora: National Radio
  • 09 Sep 2016 - Newspaper
    Doing Business with the Unconscious - Part 2
    The Social Bond
  • 09 Dec 2016 - Magazine
    Weight: There's more
    Interview in The Listener
  • 07 Jun 2012 - Newspaper
    Weight-loss industry feeds of fat anxiety
  • 07 Jul 2014 - Online
    QOTD: Andrew Dickson and Bill Kaye-Blake
  • 07 Jul 2012 - Newspaper
    Shedding the obesity myth
    NZ Herald
  • 07 Jan 2017 - Magazine
    Mind over platter: Does mindful eating actually...
    Interviewed for feature on Mindfulness
  • 06 Jun 2014 - Newspaper
    Look at the illness, not the fantasy
  • 05 Jun 2016 - Newspaper
    Mindfulness: Is living in the here and now...
    Interviewed for this newspaper article
  • 04 Oct 2012 - Newspaper
    Andrew Dickson: Weight-loss plan feeds anxiety
  • 02 Sep 2016 - Newspaper
    Doing Business with the Unconscious - Part 1
    Managing the Other
  • 01 Jul 2014 - Newspaper
    Food label scheme under fire

Other Links

Publications and Projects

Recent Academic Publications

  • Nguyen, M., Bensemann, JM., & Kelly, S. (2018). Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Vietnam: a conceptual framework. International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility. 3(9)
  • Trischler, J., Pervan, SJ., Kelly, SJ., & Scott, DR. (2018). The Value of Codesign: The Effect of Customer Involvement in Service Design Teams. Journal of Service Research. 21(1), 75-100
  • Anderson, AR., Warren, L., & Bensemann, J. (2018). Identity, Enactment, and Entrepreneurship Engagement in a Declining Place. Journal of Small Business Management
  • Deakins, D., & Bensemann, J. (2018). Entrepreneurial learning and innovation: Qualitative evidence from agri-business technology-based small firms in New Zealand. International Journal of Innovation and Learning. 23(3), 318-338
  • Warren, L., Mika, JP., & Palmer, FR. (2018). How does enterprise assistance support Maori entrepreneurs? An identity approach.. Journal of Management and Organization. 23(6), 873-885
  • Smith, AJ., Scahill, SL., Harrison, J., Carroll, T., & Medlicott, NJ. (2018). Service provision in the wake of a new funding model for community pharmacy. BMC Health Services Research. 18(1)
  • O Connor, C., & Kelly, S. (2017). Facilitating knowledge management through filtered big data: SME competitiveness in an agri-food sector. Journal of Knowledge Management. 21(1), 156-179
  • Cardow, AG., & Wiltshire, P. (2017). Tourism and Ethno development: Inclusion, empowerment and self development: A case study of the Chatham Islands. In M. Whitford, L. Ruhanen, & A. Carr (Eds.) Indigenous Tourism: Cases From Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 183 - 204). : Goodfellow Publishers
  • Kirkley, WW. (2017). Cultivating entrepreneurial behavior: Entrepreneurship education in secondary schools. Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 11(1), 17-37 
  • Mika, JP., Warren, L., Foley, D., & Palmer, FR. (2017). Perspectives on indigenous entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise. Journal of Management and Organization. 23(6), 767-773
  • Muhammad, N., Warren, L., & Binte-Saleem, S. (2017). Anything Can Happen, Anytime: The Impact of Conflict On Women'S Entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. 22(4)
  • Deakins, D., Bensemann, J., & Battisti, M. (2016). Entrepreneurial skill and regulation: Evidence from primary sector rural entrepreneurs. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. 22(2), 234-259
  • Kinsey, H., Scahill, S., Bye, L., & Harrison, J. (2016). Funding for change: New Zealand pharmacists’ views on, and experiences of, the community pharmacy services agreement. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 24(6), 379-389
  • Warren, L., & Scahill, S. (2016). Zeald: From start-up to maturity. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 17(3), 203-211
  • Warren, L. (2016). Capacity building for entrepreneurship education and research in the conflict zone of Peshawar: A personal reflection. In Routledge Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies. (pp. 445 - 454). 

Select Funding & Initiatives

Year: 2016
Agency: Microsoft
Funding: $NZ71,469.41
Project Title: Cloud Computing in the Agri-food Sector: examining the influence of a disruptive technology on socio-economic outcomes and business effectiveness

Year: 2016
Agency: Massey University Strategic Initiatives Funding 2016
Funding: $NZ26,622
Project Title: NZ Collaborative Innovation Network (NZ-CIN)

Year: 2013
Agency: NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (NSW Trade and Investment)
Funding: $AUS 90,500
Project Title: GoBroadband – Coffs Harbour and Northern Rivers Region.

Year: 2013
Agency: Deluxe Asia
Funding: $AUS 10,800
Project Title: An investigation of online business models and their application in emerging Asian markets

Year: 2012
Agency: Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program Grant
Funding: $AUS 220,000
Project Title: Identifying target markets – Indigenous community directed capacity building. 

Year: 2015
Agency: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
Funding: $150,000
Project: Gill, R. (PI) & Taylor, Z. (2015). Grow North: The innovation district. An assessment of the opportunities and requirements for growing an Auckland North innovation district. Project funded jointly by the Massey University Office of the Vice Chancellor and Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development (ATEED). 

Year: 2016
Agency: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Funding: $NZ 60,000
Project: Entrepreneurial ecosystem efficacy for indigenous entrepreneurs

Year: 2016
Agency: Massey University Research Fund
Funding: $NZ 160,000 (pool total)
Project: Pharmacists,  role identity and entrepreneurship

Select Seminars & Workshops

Sustainability in New Zealand: The Challenge for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
International Pacific Union, Palmerston North, October 2015, August 2016

Value creation and digital disruption
Plenary, British Council Entrepreneurship Research Network Workshop, Islamabad 2014


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