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. 

  • Dr Martina Battisti

    Dr Martina Battisti

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Dr Jo Bensemann

    Dr 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 Farah Palmer

    Dr Farah Palmer

    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 co-leading a research team on the Living Wage in NZ and another on executive education. She has (co-)led a range of ILO-funded projects on employment policy/regulation in PNG, Fiji, Nauru & other Pacific Island nations. She is a panellist in the 2018 PBRF round (as in 2012). Jane is 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

    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

Projects

  • 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)

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

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:

  • Parker, J. Nemani, M., Arrowsmith, J. and Bhowmick, S. 2012. ‘Contemporary collective regulation and working women in New Zealand’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 54: 2. 221-238. (A)
  • Parker, J. and Arrowsmith, J. 2012. ‘Are we being served? Women in New Zealand's Service Sector’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 31:7. 663-680. (B)

Media

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.  

Contact

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

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