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We have expertise in areas such as boardroom strategy planning and execution; focusing competitive advantage in order to compete both domestically and internationally; and managing strategic change at both a governance and managerial level.
Research in this area focuses on the relationship between organisational culture in health industries and effectiveness.
International orientation of new and smaller firms (SMEs), international competition in world-wide markets and SMEs from and to emerging economies.
Research expertise in new approaches to business practices, processes, products and services.
Entrepreneurship particularly in relation to creativity and women’s entrepreneurship.
This research project worked to conduct an environmental scan of Māori business in the Manawatū focusing on Māori business needs, gaps in local enterprise assistance for Māori business and developing a snapshot of Māori business in the region.
It found that Māori business networks represent an enduring feature of regional Māori economies, strengthening social and cultural ties among Māori entrepreneurs, but the networks suffer from the absence of a sustainable business model and resources.
This study, led by Dr Jason Mika and Dr Pushpa Wood examined the financial capability of Māori entrepreneurs in Auckland and Northland. The report showed that Māori entrepreneurs can experience issues with accessing finance, tax compliance and managing debt at various stages when establishing and growing their businesses.
This project is building cumulative knowledge in women’s social enterprise with a spotlight on the gendered aspects of social entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Led by Professor Anne de Bruin, it aims to create a knowledge hub for international collaboration among researchers and practice organisations that support women’s empowerment through social enterprise (includes environmentally-oriented organisations) and social innovation.
Current research is examining the role of women in New Zealand’s evolving social entrepreneurial ecosystem and regional social innovation ecosystems. Case studies on women’s social ventures have also already been conducted in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Photo: the workroom at Bright Solutions, Vietnam
The New Zealand Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre (SIERC) is a hub for interdisciplinary academic research in social innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Centre investigates the application of ideas to areas of social value and entrepreneurial action by organisations and individuals that creates significant social value.
Dr Jason Mika from the School of Management received the 2018 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award. The award is for a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to lecture or conduct research at a United States institution in the field of indigenous development.