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We have research interests in practices to ensure sustainable business excellence. This includes a focus on developing beneficial collaborative ties between academia and local businesses.
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.
The concept of corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly important to building a sustainable future, but also to business' competitive viability. We have research interests i this area, including how to encourage, justify and promote sustainable and socially responsible business practices.
Research expertise in the sustainability of arts organisations and principles and how they can influence business practice. We work closely with industry and the community, and collaborate with a wide range of international scholars and artists.
Our expertise is in analysis of organisational practices, using critical theory to interrogate, challenge and change organisations and organisation. We question ‘normal’ and look at how organisations can prioritise issues of justice, fairness and equality.
Māori concepts such as tūrangawaewae, whakapapa, mauri and kaupapa and how these can provide acknowledgement of the experiences and values diverse women can bring to the leadership role.
Expertise in logistics and supply chain management and quality systems. Massey researchers are involved in modelling and analysis of business processes and systems to help New Zealand remain at the forefront of product and service design, development, delivery, packaging and distribution.Industrial management and innovation
We have expertise in innovation in leadership, effective methods of leading organisations through change including the role of communication in leading this change.
Our researchers work on collaborative leadership approaches, organisational development and how to make organisations both effective for external stakeholders and enjoyable places to work for employees.
Representation, participation, political leadership and electoral systems. Expertise in community engagement in planning processes.
Analytics and big data in a business context.Management analytics
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Complex adaptive systems is a new interdisciplinary field of science for understanding and predicting behaviour by viewing complex systems (e.g. organisations, communities, cities) as living organisms. This is in stark contrast to the prevalent Newtonian view of the universe, which by extension, views human organisations as machines. In living systems, entities constantly evolve and adapt in the face of new circumstances in order to sustain themselves.
Professor Kambiz Maani’s research has been investigating how the principles of complexity science can be effectively applied to organisations and leadership. His work has resulted in a book Multi-Stakeholder Decision Making for Complex Problems.
The cultural identity of individual rugby players in a team changes the way the team plays, according to a Massey University study co-authored by Dr Yusuke Kuroda and Dr Farah Palmer. The research shows the Māori All Blacks, a team of players who share the same cultural heritage, are more playful and spontaneous and take more risks than the Japanese National Team, which has a mix of nationalities. The difference is down to the players’ cultural identity and norms. This has an application for management practice and the understanding of the motivational characteristics and cultural profile of any team.
The Executive and Management Education Survey study sought to understand and disseminate the views of New Zealand respondents on executive and management education, and to compare these findings with those from Australia. The study was undertaken to help inform and improve the content and delivery of management education delivery in both contexts.
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.
Despite the increasing importance of the technology sector as an employer, participation by Māori in this sector is not high. Dan Walker, in his Master of Advanced Leadership Practice research thesis investigated how this participation might be increased.
Ngāti Ruanui, Dan Walker’s South Taranaki iwi, developed the ‘2NuiCODE’ programme in 2015 to build the digital and computer skills of its young people, New Zealand’s first iwi owned and run digital coding initiative.
He found one of the keys to its success was an adherence to a tikanga Māori framework and also that it created benefits far beyond opportunities for employment.
Massey University is partnering with Microsoft, The Collaborative Studio, Scion, Kordia and The Factory to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies and enable more collaborative innovation across New Zealand’s regions and primary industries.
Called the Primary Industries and Regional Innovation Collaborative (PIRIC), the collaborative aims to drive the digital transformation of the country’s primary industries, support sustainable social and economic growth in regional New Zealand and improve protection of the environment.
An agrifood sector report has found that New Zealand farmers have been quick to adopt smart farming techniques, but few are preparing for major technological disruption.
The research, funded by Microsoft’s Academic Programs and led by Professor Stephen Kelly, found that the agricultural industry people are making pragmatic business decisions to invest heavily in technology, but they believe that tomorrow will be like today, just with more technology added.
Meanwhile the technologists are predicting change at an unprecedented rate, causing major disruption to business practices and models.
This project examined the specific challenges that middle managers in New Zealand’s public service encounter in progressing gender equity. The report, co-written by Massey University's Professor Jane Parker, shows middle managers report ongoing challenges in balancing the needs of individuals with organisational requirements.
During 2019, a number of Master of Business Studies projects are being offered by the School of Management. One student will be awarded a $7000 scholarship for specific projects, which will fulfill the requirements for a 90 credit or 120 credit thesis.
The Massey Business School also offers a PhD scholarship.