Dr Heather Connolly
Director Professional Programmes
Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management
Knowledge Management; Management and Education; Organisational Learning; Strategic Management
Qualifications: PhD; PGDip Strat Mgt (Dist); BMS(Hons); PGCert Tert Teaching
Contact DetailsEmail: [email protected]
Phone: +64 7 858 5091
Dr Heather Connolly is the Director of Professional Programmes at Waikato Management School. Her role includes academic oversight of the Waikato MBA, and also a number of corporate programmes.
Prior to this position Heather was a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management.
Her academic and research interests revolve around strategy and knowledge sharing, and transfer mechanisms as they relate to organisational governance and management.
"I’m interested in exploring why people act the way they do in their organisational contexts and how this influences organisational learning and development."
In her co-authored book, Addicted to Performance, Heather examines the challenge that leaders have today as they are trapped in the pursuit of the efficiencies necessary to satisfy society’s addiction to “more-for-less”. Their challenge is to confront the reality of their organisation’s current situation and circumstances and to recontextualise this reality into an emergent future; and then to devise ways to secure it.
Her teaching style seeks to challenge students to not only question the boundaries of theories and models and their application, but to also enhance their understanding through shared and collaborative exploration of subject matter. Creating an environment of inclusivity that allows students to engage in experiential rather than dictatorial learning is her objective.
An experienced management, risk management, compliance and assurance consultant with clients ranging from large listed companies and government agencies to SMEs, Heather is a regular speaker at academic, industry and sector-related conferences in Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Management Education Practices
Pavlovich, K., Bowden, S., Simnadis, T., Connolly, H., Collins, E., & Gibb, J. (2020). Allbirds: Sustainable innovation disrupting the casual shoe industry. SAGE Business Cases, online, 11 pages. doi:10.4135/9781529713206
Gibb, J., Whittaker, L., Connolly, H., Bowden, S., Collins, E., & Pavlovich, K. (2018). Xero: Beautiful Accounting Software - Beautiful Business (44th Waikato Management School Case Competition). Waikato Management School.
Pavlovich, K., Bowden, S., Simnadis, T., Connolly, H., Collins, E., & Gibb, J. (2018). Allbirds: New Zealand shoes taking the world by storm! (45th Waikato Management School Case Competition). Waikato Management School.
Connolly, H., & Spiller, D. (2017). Developing knowledge connections to promote an integrated learning experience for students in a first year management course. Journal of Management Education, 41(6), 873-906. doi:10.1177/1052562916686632