Women and Work

Women and Work is Massey University's School of Management's newly formed Special Interest Group.  It exists to build on current research expertise to create energy and build synergies around this broad research area.

We will seek to profile Women and Work research to internal and external stakeholders and through that we will increase our attractiveness as a base for academic research and postgraduate study in this area. We will also provide a platform for fostering connections with external stakeholders.

Women and Work members

  • Prof James Arrowsmith

    Prof James Arrowsmith

    Professor - School of Management

    Jim joined Massey as a Professor in the School of Management in 2008. His broad interest in the management of people at work means that he has researched and published across a portfolio of areas to do with Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Key areas of expertise include employee engagement, variable pay, and flexible working time. Over the past few years, Jim has also acted as a consultant for the International Labour Organization, advising Pacific Island governments on issues such as the regulation of child labour, seasonal work and employment law. 

  • 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.

  • Dr Tanya Jurado

    Dr Tanya Jurado

    Lecturer - School of Management

    I hold a PhD and a Diploma in Business and Administration in Management from Massey, and a BA and MA (Hons) in History from Auckland University. I taught Corporate Strategy and Organisational Behaviour at the Australian National University, and Entrepreneurship, New Venture Project and Enterprise Development at Massey. My interest and research in SMEs dates back to 2004 and since then I have undertaken research and analysis for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the (former) Ministry for Economic Development and the Inland Revenue. My published work is primarily on SME policy, management capability, internationalization and entrepreneurship.

  • Dr Farah Palmer

    Dr Farah Palmer

    Associate Dean - Maori - College of Business

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Prof Jane Parker

    Prof Jane Parker

    Professor - School of Management

    Jane is Professor of Employment Relations & HRM. Her research foci include comparative employment relations, equality in work organisations, and employee voice and consultation. She lectured and researched at Warwick (UK), Auckland and AUT universities before joining Massey. Jane is a PI on a Marsden-funded project (2018-20) on the Living Wage in NZ and others on management education. She has (co-)led a range of ILO-funded projects on employment regulation in PNG, Fiji, Nauru & other Pacific Island nations. She is a panellist in the 2018 PBRF round (as in 2012), and the 2017 HRINZ HR Researcher of the Year.

  • Associate Professor Janet Sayers

    Associate Professor Janet Sayers

    Associate Professor - School of Management

  • Dr Nazim Taskin

    Dr Nazim Taskin

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Beth Tootell

    Beth Tootell

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Dr Alexei Tretiakov

    Dr Alexei Tretiakov

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Dr Suze Wilson

    Dr Suze Wilson

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    All things to do with leadership interest me, along with an abiding interest in how we can make organisations both effective for external stakeholders and enjoyable places to work for employees. 

    My doctoral research examined why and how it has become normalized in recent decades to equate 'leadership' with grandiose expectations of 'transformation', 'vision', and 'charisma'. I argue these ideas, when examined closely, actually create undesirable pressures on leaders, grant them excessive powers, and rely on the problematic assumption that 'followers' are inherently inadequate.I am interested in theorising and practising leadership in ways that are more inclusive and humble.

Publications and projects

Gender, Work & Organization Conference

Working Women’s Progression and Experiences in Context.docx (38 KB)

The Women and Work SIG is pleased to announce that it is convening the Working Women’s Progression and Experiences in Context Stream for the upcoming Gender, Work & Organization 10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference to be held in Sydney 13-16 June 2018. Abstracts are due November 1. Please see the above attached document for more information, or contact Professor Jane Parker (J.Parker@massey.ac.nz).


  • Professors Jane Parker and Jim Arrowsmith are currently undertaking a research project on diversity and career management in collaboration with The Warehouse Group.

Young Women in Leadership Programme

Young Women in Leadership group 2014
Young Women in Leadership group
Some of the research team for Women And Work

The lack of women in leadership positions is a vexing and persistent problem that Massey University management Professor Sarah Leberman has spent her career researching and trying to solve. Her latest initiative, the Young Women’s Leadership Programme, aims to reach young women before they leave school.

Each year, the programme brings around 200 Year 12 students together on the university’s three campuses to learn about leadership and build their confidence and networks. The students are divided into groups to work on delivering a project that makes a difference to their local community.

You can read more about the YWIL Programme here:  International Womens Day media release from Sarah Leberman 11 March 2016.docx (15 KB)


The Women and Work group has a broad member base, representing and equally broad range of disciplines within the study of management. Below you can find a selection of published research with a relevance to gender in the workplace:

  • Anderson, AR., Warren, L., & Bensemann, J. (2018). Identity, Enactment, and Entrepreneurship Engagement in a Declining Place. Journal of Small Business Management
  • 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
  • Bhide, V., & Tootell, B. (2018). Young women in leadership, Massey University. In A. Blackman, D. Kon, & D. Clutterbuck (Eds.) Coaching and Mentoring in the Asia Pacific. (pp. 203 - 208). : Routledge
  • Bhide, V., & Tootell, B. (2017). A Lacanian analysis of women and sponsoring.. Gender, Work & Organisation
  • Bhide, V., & Tootell, B. (2017). Sponsors and Gender: an exploratory study.. Gender in Management: an international journal
  • Sayers, JG. (2017). Feminist CMS writing as difficult joy: Via birds and bitches. Dialogues in Critical Management Studies. Feminists and queer theorists debate the future of CMS.. 3, 155-169
  • Parker, J., Arrowsmith, J., & Haar, J. (2017). Diversity management in New Zealand: towards an empirically-based model of employer propensity to manage diversity. Labour and Industry. 27(1), 34-55
  • Palmer, FR. (2016). Stories of Haka and women’s rugby in aotearoa New Zealand: Weaving identities and ideologies together. International Journal of the History of Sport. 33(17), 2169-2184
  • Forster, ME., Palmer, F., & Barnett, S. (2016). Karanga mai ra: Stories of Māori women as leaders. Leadership. 12(3), 324-345
  • Sayers, JG., & Jones, D. (2015). Truth scribbled in blood: Women's work, menstruation and poetry. Gender, Work and Organization. 22(2), 94-111
  • Sayers, J., Parker, J., Douglas, J., Ravenswood, K., & Cooper, R. (2015). Introduction to Special Collection: Womens agency at work. Economic and Labour Relations Review. 26(3), 384-392
  • Parker, J., Douglas, J., Ravenswood, K., Sayers, JG., & Cooper, R. (2015). Women, work and collectivism revisited. Economic and Labour Relations Review. 24(4), 249-257
  • Parker, J., Arrowsmith, J. and Boyd, A. 2015. ‘Papua New Guinea: Employment and Care Regimes’. M. Baird, M. Ford and E. Hill (eds). Women and care regimes in Asia-Pacific. Routledge.
  • Arrowsmith, J. and Parker, J. 2015. Situational Analysis of Employment in Nauru. Suva: ILO (http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---asia/---ro-bangkok/---ilo-suva/documents/publication/wcms_431973.pdf)
  • Parker, J. and Arrowsmith, J.  2014. ‘Collective Regulation and Working Women in New Zealand and Fiji’, Relations Industrielles, 69:2. 388-416(A)
  • Parker, J., Ravenswood, K., Douglas, J., Sayers, J., & Cooper, R. (2014). Editors' introduction: Women, work and collectivism revisited. Labour and Industry. 24(4), 249-257
  • Sayers, JG. (2014). Fifty shades of outrage: Women’s collective online action, embodiment and emotions. Labour and Industry: A Journal of the Social and Economic Relations of Work. 24(4), 272-285


Dr Farah Palmer was a guest speaker at the New Horizons for Women Trust Silver Jubilee (Wellington, 1 April 2016) and also the Trust's Palmerston North Awards on 22 July 2016. 

She was also honoured to be selected as one of Zonta New Zealand's 50 Women of Achievement.

Dr Palmer also ran a workshop on Leadership Diversity at the NZ Women in Leadership Programme (21 June 2016). This incorporated concepts such as tūrangawaewae, whakapapa, mauri and kaupapa and how this provide acknowledgement of the experiences and values diverse women can bring to the leadership role.  


For initial enquiries concerning the Women and Work group, please contact Associate Head of School Dr. Jo Bensemann.

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