Upcoming Events


How does multiple exposures to different traumas influence employees and the organisational life?

Dr Fatima Junaid  

We all feel for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack. However, it highlights trauma of a different kind. There are direct victims –the Muslims, but also the entire Christchurch, which was affected by it –Muslims and non-Muslims.

4-6 weeks is often regarded as the time for PTSD to develop after an incident. This means that if signs of acute traumatic stress prevail beyond this time then the person is likely to suffer from PTSD. Those who have had previous traumatic experiences are more likely to suffer from PTSD than those with a single exposure.  Sadly, many people in Christchurch have had exposure to earthquakes, and this March they were subjected to terror attack. Many victims of the Christchurch attack might have come from war torn areas and thus might have previous experiences of terrorism trauma.

Therefore, it is important to look out for the wellbeing of those effected by the Christchurch attack. This research will look into the influence of the traumatic experience of the victims. Next, it aims to understand and how organisations can/may/are helping build the wellbeing of victims and other members of the organisation. This research might also shed some light on the implications this incident has had on organisational life in Christchurch.

You can view a recording of the event HERE

Indigenous entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise: A movement on the rise

Hosted by Te Au Rangahau (Māori Business and Leadership Centre

Globally, some 370 million indigenous peoples are pursuing in varying ways self-determination and sustainable economic development. Entrepreneurship and innovation present both means and ends by which indigenous entrepreneurs and enterprises are fulfiling these aspirations. As part of this indigenous community, Māori entrepreneurs are engaged in a diverse array of entrepreneurial activity – social and economic, cultural and commercial, high tech and low tech, public and private, local and offshore, big and small.

In this seminar, our panel of academic and practitioner-experts offers a glimpse into the world of the indigenous entrepreneur, innovator and enteprise. 

Speakers include:

  • Graeme Everton - Ngāti Raukawa, First Tree Growing Ltd
  • Dr Farah Palmer - Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato, Tainui. Te Au Rangahau coordinator
  • Dr Jason Mika - Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu. Te Au Rangahau Codirector
  • Prof. Lorrain Warren - Te Au Rangahau Research Associate
  • Teresa Tepania-Ashton - Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa, Ngapuhi. MWDI CEO 

Where: SPG1.02 (Manawatu), AT3 (Albany)
When: Wednesday 4 October 2017, 12pm - 2pm


BREXIT: a real life train wreck in slow motion?

In this seminar, Dr Andy Mycock, Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield, UK, examines the aftermath of the UK vote to leave the European Union.

In 2016 the population of the UK voted narrowly in a referendum in favour of exiting the EU after 43 years at the end of an ill-tempered campaign characterised by claims which were at best highly dubious. Andy will assess the campaign, the impact of the result and the likely impact going forward. Whilst negotiations for the Brexit have begun, they are fraught with controversy. Moving forwards, the UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson recently visited both NZ and Australia as the UK seeks to position itself in a post EU world.  This again is something Andy will seek to shed light on.

Massey’s Associate Professor Grant Duncan will act as a discussant to Andy’s thought provoking presentation, providing a commentary on how the Commonwealth view Brexit and future relations with the UK.

Where:     QA5
When:      Thursday 14 September3 - 4pm 

BIG DATA: What is it good for?

The seminar aims to discuss different perspectives about the opportunities and challenges of the use of big data and analytics for managerial decision making.

The key objectives include:

  • - Explore what managers might understand big data and analytics to be;
  • - To find out how managers think big data and analytics can be used in individual and organisational decision making;
  • - To understand how managers use (or do not use) analytics in their current decision making.

Speakers span a variety of fields in Management and include Prof Stephen Kelly, and Special Interest Groups: Public Sector Management Group, MPOWER, and Critical Organization and Management Studies from the School of Management. Dr Andrey Ivanov from Ivanov Consulting Limited will bring industry perspective into the discussion.

Where:     AT3 (Albany), SGP1.02 (Manawatu)
When:      Wednesday 6 September, 12:30–2:00pm

The rise of populism: Challenges and potentials for business schools

In this seminar, in response to the rise of populism drawing a grim picture along with hate speeches towards migrants, practices of authoritarian leadership and anti-intellectualism undermining the ethos of the university, we would like to provoke a debate about the role business schools and management intellectuals. 

With the facilitation and introduction of Ozan Alakavuklar, our seminar will present three responses for debate:

Ralph Bathurst is going to talk about neo-classicism, and by invoking Schiller’s (1795) insights from his Aesthetic Letters, explore the triumph of form over content in management education, and the concomitant systemic dysfunctions (and dispirited professionals) that it has produced.

Craig Prichard will speak in praise of (some features of) populism as a cathartic movement that not only challenges the power of (some) political, economic and academic elites but also shows how much of formal politics is a fantasy game through a syncophantic and compliant media-scape with little meaningful connection to everyday life.

Andy Asquith will explore the rise and potential fall of managerialism, specifically the way in which society has been steered. The complicity of the business school in the managerialism project has led to the undermining intellectual rigour in both universities and society in general, in the last 30 years. The end of conformity and the rise of populism could well be a societal reaction to managerialism.

Where:     AT3 (Albany), SGP1.02 (Manawatu)
When:      Wednesday 2 August, 12:30–2:00pm

Working through practice-led research: Metaphysical notions of “leading man back to the Divine”

Seminar with Dr. Derek Ventling

This seminar contemplates the metaphysical notion of light focusing on a recent art installation.  From the perspective of a contemporary practitioner, I revisit Bonaventure’s 13th Century theory of light as a connective agency and an activating principle along the path of creative endeavour.  As both the embodied observer and the observed, I experientially consider the dynamic relationship between making, light and my conscious self.  I am particularly interested in exploring the threshold between metaphorical and visible light, the real and the imaginary, the seen and the unseen.  Immersed in material assemblages I captured fleeting moments photographically.  I will explore how the installation heightened creative consciousness by inviting a discourse on the potential of light.  If, according to medieval theory, light is indeed providence and catalyst, it may be the mediator that transcends the boundaries of our space and being, engendering a transformational influence on our cognitive journey.


Where:     Wonder Room (ground level of the Atrium)
When:      Wednesday 19th July, 12:00–1:00pm

Perspective on ageing and workforce participation

The problem in focus for this the first in the School of Management Debate series for 2017 is that of the ageing workforce.  The format for this debate will be a series of brief talks offering different disciplinary and philosophical perspectives on the issue of ageing and work.

The impending skills and labour shortage that will accompany the mass retirement of the baby boomer generation presents a considerable challenge to organisations and the economic wellbeing of New Zealand and many other countries.  Put simply, there are not enough people coming into the labour force to offset this loss.  One important way of managing this problem is to find ways to effectively retain and productively engage older workers within the labour force.  In this seminar we overview recent research by Massey scholars and our collaborators looking at the problem of older worker retention and engagement, followed by a series of brief talks providing Maori, organisational science, employment relations and HRM perspectives on the more general issue of work and ageing.  

Alongside these contributions from the School’s academics, MBS CEO in residence, Mark Powell, will provide an industry perspective on the issue of the ageing workforce.  The audience will be invited to join a general discussion with our panel of speakers in the second half of the seminar.

Who should attend: Anyone with an interest in the ageing workforce and related social and economic issues
Where:       AT3 Albany & SGP1.02 Palmerston
When:        Wednesday 5th July, 12:30-2:00pm


Exploring Cultural Perceptions of Money and Wealth

Dr. Jason Mika from the School of Management presented at this conference on the topic of "The indigenous entrepreneurs’ dilemma: Balancing commercial and cultural imperatives in business using indigenous values"

Video recordings of the conference are available on the Fin Ed website.