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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 currently teach International Business for the Bachelor of Business, and Current Issues in Business for the Master of Management. Previously, I have taught Corporate Strategy and Organisational Behaviour at the Australian National University, and Entrepreneurship, New Venture Project and Enterprise Development at Massey.
I have a longstanding interest in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that dates back to 2004 when I joined the NZ Centre for SME Research. 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.
I am a Research Associate at Te Au Rangahau and a Visiting Fellow at the Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Research Group at Portsmouth University. I currently sit on the board of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand and am co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups stream of the 2020 ANZAM Conference.
Tanya is a lecturer in the School of Management. Her research focus is on the role of SMEs amidst the global challenges faced by economies worldwide. A secondary interest is in gender inclusion in IT professions. She is currently working on projects dealing with SME internationalisation and trade policy; indigenous entrepreneurship; and public policy support for SMEs. She is also part of a research team researching the participation and retention of women in information technology professions. Tanya has taught courses on entrepreneurship, strategy, management and organisational behaviour.
SME and entrepreneurship policy
Entrepreneurship field of study
Gender and entrepreneurship
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Entrepreneurship (150304): International Business (150308): Small Business Management (150314)
Gender and IT
I have extensive experience teaching undergraduate distance and face-to-face courses in entrepreneurship, small business management, business model innovation, international business, new venture development, corporate strategy and organisational behaviour. I currently teach a Master’s level core course and an undergraduate one on international business. I value reflection and encouraging students to question sources of information and develop critical thinking skills. Group work and collaboration are also important features of my teaching.
I value the opportunity to supervise students and I view this unique relationship as a partnership where I guide the student through the research journey and in the process learn about myself and about the student’s topic. I have two overarching interests: one is in the social contribution of small and medium enterprises, and the other is to do with the gender disparity in the information technology sector. I am open to supervise a range of topics within those two overarching interests. As well as my research experience, I bring to the supervision a focus on qualitative methods, that draws on historical and contextual approaches.