Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group


The E&I special interest group aims to connect those involved in the research, teaching and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. The world is changing, and the pace of change is increasing all the time. We need people to behave entrepreneurially so that New Zealand can shape what comes next, shape change, rather than merely reacting to what's already out there. Business research and education can help create opportunities, start new ventures and make new enterprises grow.


  • Associate Professor Jo Bensemann

    Associate Professor Jo Bensemann

    Head of School of Management - School of Management

    Jo is Head of School for the School of Management within the Massey Business School. She is based at the Manawatu campus, where she was formerly Associate Head of School . Jo maintains a research focus on entrepreneurship and innovation and is interested in collaboration, making good decisions and ideas that help grow and develop businesses and communities.

  • Dr Andrew Cardow

    Dr Andrew Cardow

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

  • Dr Andrew Dickson

    Dr Andrew Dickson

    Senior Lecturer - School of People, Environment and Planning

    I am an organisational sociologist based interested in critical theory and its application to the wider health sector. I am an expert in radical qualitative methods such as autoethnography and in the psychoanalytic study of organisations and organising (particularly Lacanian analysis). You can follow me on Twitter: @AndrewDickson13

  • Dr Tanya Jurado

    Dr Tanya Jurado

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    Tanya holds a PhD and a PGDipBusAdmin in Management from Massey, and a BA and MA (Hons) in History from Auckland University. She currently teaches International Business for the BBus programme, and Current Issues in Business for the Master of Management programme. 

    Her research focus is on the role of SMEs amidst the global challenges faced by economies worldwide. Current themes include SME internationalisation and trade policy and public policy support for SMEs, including Indigenous entrepreneurs. She is also part of a research team researching the participation and retention of women in information technology professions.

  • Prof Stephen Kelly

    Prof Stephen Kelly

    Pro Vice-Chancellor Massey Business School - Massey Business School

    Stephen commenced at Massey University in January 2016 and has held several positions including Professor of Strategy and Enterprise and Head of the School of Management, Acting Director for the Institute of Executive Education and Enterprise, and Acting Pro Vice Chancellor, Massey Business School.  Previously, he was Academic and Managing Director of M2 Academy, Singapore, Dean at Southern Cross University Business School in Australia, and held various roles in the building materials and construction sector. Stephen has published over 70 refereed articles, secured in excess of $1M in funding, and maintained a research focus on marketing, strategy and enterprise development.

  • Dr Bill Kirkley

    Dr Bill Kirkley

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

    Bill is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University Albany in the areas of Strategy and Governance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Small Business Management and Change Management. A sought after public speaker and author of several articles on business transformation, strategy and innovation, Bill has extensive senior executive and management consulting experience in the chemical, construction, education and manufacturing sectors of industry. 

  • Associate Professor Jason Mika

    Associate Professor Jason Mika

    Associate Professor - School of Management

    Dr Jason Paul Mika is a descendant of the Ngāi Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Kahungunu tribes of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr Mika is a senior lecturer in the School of Management and codirector of Te Au Rangahau, Massey Business School's Māori Business Research Centre. Dr Mika's research interests include indigenous entrepreneurship, management and methodologies.

Publications and Projects

Recent Academic Publications

  • Nguyen, M., Bensemann, JM., & Kelly, S. (2018). Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Vietnam: a conceptual framework. International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility. 3(9)
  • Trischler, J., Pervan, SJ., Kelly, SJ., & Scott, DR. (2018). The Value of Codesign: The Effect of Customer Involvement in Service Design Teams. Journal of Service Research. 21(1), 75-100
  • Anderson, AR., Warren, L., & Bensemann, J. (2018). Identity, Enactment, and Entrepreneurship Engagement in a Declining Place. Journal of Small Business Management
  • Deakins, D., & Bensemann, J. (2018). Entrepreneurial learning and innovation: Qualitative evidence from agri-business technology-based small firms in New Zealand. International Journal of Innovation and Learning. 23(3), 318-338
  • Warren, L., Mika, JP., & Palmer, FR. (2018). How does enterprise assistance support Maori entrepreneurs? An identity approach.. Journal of Management and Organization. 23(6), 873-885
  • Smith, AJ., Scahill, SL., Harrison, J., Carroll, T., & Medlicott, NJ. (2018). Service provision in the wake of a new funding model for community pharmacy. BMC Health Services Research. 18(1)
  • O Connor, C., & Kelly, S. (2017). Facilitating knowledge management through filtered big data: SME competitiveness in an agri-food sector. Journal of Knowledge Management. 21(1), 156-179
  • Cardow, AG., & Wiltshire, P. (2017). Tourism and Ethno development: Inclusion, empowerment and self development: A case study of the Chatham Islands. In M. Whitford, L. Ruhanen, & A. Carr (Eds.) Indigenous Tourism: Cases From Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 183 - 204). : Goodfellow Publishers
  • Kirkley, WW. (2017). Cultivating entrepreneurial behavior: Entrepreneurship education in secondary schools. Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 11(1), 17-37 
  • Mika, JP., Warren, L., Foley, D., & Palmer, FR. (2017). Perspectives on indigenous entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise. Journal of Management and Organization. 23(6), 767-773
  • Muhammad, N., Warren, L., & Binte-Saleem, S. (2017). Anything Can Happen, Anytime: The Impact of Conflict On Women'S Entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. 22(4)
  • Deakins, D., Bensemann, J., & Battisti, M. (2016). Entrepreneurial skill and regulation: Evidence from primary sector rural entrepreneurs. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. 22(2), 234-259
  • Kinsey, H., Scahill, S., Bye, L., & Harrison, J. (2016). Funding for change: New Zealand pharmacists’ views on, and experiences of, the community pharmacy services agreement. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 24(6), 379-389
  • Warren, L., & Scahill, S. (2016). Zeald: From start-up to maturity. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 17(3), 203-211
  • Warren, L. (2016). Capacity building for entrepreneurship education and research in the conflict zone of Peshawar: A personal reflection. In Routledge Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies. (pp. 445 - 454). 

Select Funding & Initiatives

Year: 2016
Agency: Microsoft
Funding: $NZ71,469.41
Project Title: Cloud Computing in the Agri-food Sector: examining the influence of a disruptive technology on socio-economic outcomes and business effectiveness

Year: 2016
Agency: Massey University Strategic Initiatives Funding 2016
Funding: $NZ26,622
Project Title: NZ Collaborative Innovation Network (NZ-CIN)

Year: 2013
Agency: NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (NSW Trade and Investment)
Funding: $AUS 90,500
Project Title: GoBroadband – Coffs Harbour and Northern Rivers Region.

Year: 2013
Agency: Deluxe Asia
Funding: $AUS 10,800
Project Title: An investigation of online business models and their application in emerging Asian markets

Year: 2012
Agency: Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program Grant
Funding: $AUS 220,000
Project Title: Identifying target markets – Indigenous community directed capacity building. 

Year: 2015
Agency: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
Funding: $150,000
Project: Gill, R. (PI) & Taylor, Z. (2015). Grow North: The innovation district. An assessment of the opportunities and requirements for growing an Auckland North innovation district. Project funded jointly by the Massey University Office of the Vice Chancellor and Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development (ATEED). 

Year: 2016
Agency: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Funding: $NZ 60,000
Project: Entrepreneurial ecosystem efficacy for indigenous entrepreneurs

Year: 2016
Agency: Massey University Research Fund
Funding: $NZ 160,000 (pool total)
Project: Pharmacists,  role identity and entrepreneurship

Select Seminars & Workshops

Sustainability in New Zealand: The Challenge for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
International Pacific Union, Palmerston North, October 2015, August 2016

Value creation and digital disruption
Plenary, British Council Entrepreneurship Research Network Workshop, Islamabad 2014


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