Valuing Human Resources Group


"Understanding the value of people in organisations"

About us

The Valuing Human Resources Group (VHRG) is a multi-disciplinary community of researchers that is looking at the realities of how organisations do or do not genuinely value the people they employ and at the implications of this for organisations' customers, employees, and other stakeholders. VHRG takes both an Aotearoa New Zealand and a global perspective on issues relating to intangible dimensions of valuing people at work with the goal of achieving a greater understanding of the strategic value of human resources. 

Creating impact and generating value

VHRG aims to provoke debate and to engage with organisations and businesses as research partners, thus promoting knowledge sharing. To achieve these aims, VHRG organises workshops and engages research students and practitioners, both within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.


  • Associate Professor Jo Bensemann

    Associate Professor Jo Bensemann

    Associate Head of School - School of Management

    Jo is Associate Head of School in the School of Management in the College of Business at Massey University (Manawatu campus). She teaches small business management and entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity and also contributes to papers within Massey's MBA programme.

  • Deirdre Therese Farr

    Deirdre Therese Farr

    Supernumerary Assistant Lecturer - School of Management

    I am a lecturer and PhD candidate in the School of Management. Teaching HRM compliments my PhD research aimed at exploring ‘employee voice’ and participation in Employment Relations and Occupational Health and Safety.  

    This follows three years of balancing part-time research with full-time work as a Health and Safety Analyst in the forestry industry. My research journey started in 2009 with work on two projects focusing on employer behaviours and attitudes to: collective bargaining, and legislative changes. My most recent research collaboration involves testing the ‘Good Employer’ concept developed in my Masters Thesis.

  • Barry Foster

    Barry Foster

    Lecturer - School of Management

  • Dr Kerri-Ann Hughes

    Dr Kerri-Ann Hughes

    Lecturer - School of Nursing

  • Dr Inga Hunter

    Dr Inga Hunter

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    I came to Massey University from clinical medical practice in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, completed a Master of Philosophy in Information Systems, and joined the then Department of Information Systems as a lecturer in 1999. I am now employed as a senior lecturer in the School of Management. I work part-time for Massey University and part time in clinical medical practice as a senior medical officer at Palmerston North Hospital. My research interests include health informatics, especially electronic medical records, decision support systems, privacy and confidentiality, mobile technology and smart sensor technologies in health, and now disaster e-health.

  • Dr Jeffrey Kennedy

    Dr Jeffrey Kennedy

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Dr Jason Mika

    Dr Jason Mika

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    Dr Jason Paul Mika is a descendant of the Ngāi Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Kahungunu tribes of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr Mika is a senior lecturer and codirector of Te Au Rangahau, the Māori Business & Leadership Research. Dr Mika's research interests include indigenous entrepreneurship, management and methodologies.

  • Myles Stilwell

    Myles Stilwell

    Lecturer - School of Management

  • Beth Tootell

    Beth Tootell

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Associate Professor Paul Toulson

    Associate Professor Paul Toulson

    Associate Professor - School of Management

    I am a reasonably senior academic staff member in the College of Business at the Manawatu Campus.  I live in Palmerston with my wife, Kaye, and currently our son Tim is staying with us until June next year when he is panning to return overseas.  I play the jazz saxaphone, enjoy gardeinbg and keep fit by going to the gym regularly.  I enjoy Massey work and have seen a lot of changes over the past few years.

  • Dr Alexei Tretiakov

    Dr Alexei Tretiakov

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

Current PhD Students

  • Lyn McCurdy
  • Rahizah Sulaiman


For more information on VHRG please contact Associate Professor Paul Toulson at or telephone +64 (0) 63569099 extn 84927.

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