Management and leadership research

Research expertise

Business performance and sustainability

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.


Business strategy and change management

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.


Corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practice

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.


Creative principles impact on business practice and sustainability

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.


Diversity and career management for women

We have research interests and expertise in career management for women and diversity management within a business context.


Ethics, politics and organisational management

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.


Female leadership and Māori concepts of diversity

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.


Industrial management

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

Internationalisation strategies and trade

International management and internationalisation strategies of emerging firms and foreign investment in and out of emerging economies.



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.


Local body governance

Representation, participation, political leadership and electoral systems. Expertise in community engagement in planning processes.


Management analytics

Analytics and big data in a business context.

Management analytics

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Research projects

Postgraduate research scholarships

Master of Business Studies scholarships

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.

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Departments and staff

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