Creativity in Organisations Research Group (CORG) , Te Rōpū Rangahau Auaha i ngā Rōpū Whakahaere

The Creativity in Organisations Research Group (CORG) researches the connection between arts and business, and how creativity informs organisational and leadership development.

CORG is 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 discuss innovation and creativity, and apply the arts to make organisational lives more rewarding and meaningful. We engage with industry and the community, and collaborate with a wide range of international scholars and artists.

Who we are

Our people make us who we are. Meet Massey Business School's executive development lecturers.

Associate Professor Ralph Bathurst

Associate Professor Ralph Bathurst

PhD, MCom, DipTchg, DipMus, BMus
Associate Professor

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

Dr Trudie Cain

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of People, Environment & Planning
Dr Rand Hazou

Dr Rand Hazou

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm

Rand is a Palestinian-Kiwi theatre practitioner and scholar. His research explores how arts and creativity intersect with human rights, citizenship, justice and wellbeing.

In New Zealand he has led teaching, research and creative projects engaging with prison, aged-care and street communities.

Dr Damian Ruth

Dr Damian Ruth

Senior Lecturer, School of Management

Damian's work centres on the use of the arts and design in personal development and strategic thinking and non-traditional arts-based inquiries into organizational culture.

Associate Professor Janet Sayers

Associate Professor Janet Sayers

Associate Professor, School of Management

Janet is interested in the idea of the 'human' in relation to balancing pressures from technology with our relationship with the 'natural' world and ecological crisis on the other.

She uses concepts and tools from the humanities, including narrative/story and literature analysis, cultural studies and especially the new wave of critical feminist posthumanism,

Publications and 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.

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