Valuing Human Resources Group


"Understanding the value of people in organisations"

About us

The Valuing Human Resources Group (VHRG) is a multi-disciplinary community of researchers that is looking at the realities of how organisations do or do not genuinely value the people they employ and at the implications of this for organisations' customers, employees, and other stakeholders. VHRG takes both an Aotearoa New Zealand and a global perspective on issues relating to intangible dimensions of valuing people at work with the goal of achieving a greater understanding of the strategic value of human resources. 

Creating impact and generating value

VHRG aims to provoke debate and to engage with organisations and businesses as research partners, thus promoting knowledge sharing. To achieve these aims, VHRG organises workshops and engages research students and practitioners, both within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.


  • 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 Kerri-Ann Hughes

    Dr Kerri-Ann Hughes

    Senior Lecturer - School of Nursing

  • Associate Professor Inga Hunter

    Associate Professor Inga Hunter

    Associate Professor - School of Management

    I came to Massey University from clinical medical practice in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, completed a Master of Philosophy in Information Systems, and joined the Department of Information Systems as a lecturer in 1999. I am now employed as an Associate Professor in the School of Management. I worked part-time for Massey University and part time in clinical medical practice as a senior medical officer at Palmerston North Hospital upto 2019, and now work fulltime at Massey University. My research interests include health informatics, especially electronic medical records, privacy and confidentiality, mobile technology and smart sensor technologies in health.

  • Dr Jeffrey Kennedy

    Dr Jeffrey Kennedy

    Senior Lecturer - Massey Executive Development

    Jeff is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University’s Auckland campus. From 2003 to 2013, he was on the faculty of Singapore’s Nanyang Business School (NBS) and, from 2009, was Director of Open and Custom Programs for Nanyang Executive Education. His research has been published in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Global Mobility, Academy of Management Executive, and Human Relations. Jeffrey obtained his PhD in Organisational Behaviour from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests cover careers, cross-cultural management, and leadership.

  • Associate Professor Jason Mika

    Associate Professor Jason Mika

    Senior Lecturer - 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.

  • Beth Tootell

    Beth Tootell

    Associate Head of School of Management (Manawatu Campus) - School of Management

  • Associate Professor Paul Toulson

    Associate Professor Paul Toulson

    Associate Professor - School of Management

    I am a reasonably senior academic staff member in the College of Business at the Manawatu Campus.  I live in Palmerston with my wife, Kaye, and currently our son Tim is staying with us until June next year when he is panning to return overseas.  I play the jazz saxaphone, enjoy gardeinbg and keep fit by going to the gym regularly.  I enjoy Massey work and have seen a lot of changes over the past few years.

  • Dr Alexei Tretiakov

    Dr Alexei Tretiakov

    Senior Lecturer - School of Management

Current PhD Students

  • Lyn McCurdy
  • Rahizah Sulaiman


For more information on VHRG please contact Associate Professor Paul Toulson at or telephone +64 (0) 63569099 extn 84927.