Dr Karyn Rastrick

Karyn Rastrick

Director of Digitisation Strategy
Qualification Convenor - Master of Digital Business (MDigiBus)


Management; Teaching Online; Technology; Tertiary Education

Qualifications: PhD; BMS(Hons)

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.32E
Phone: +64 7 838 4207

Papers Taught

About Karyn

Karyn is the Director of Digitisation Strategy at Waikato Management School.  In this role, she works with academic staff across Waikato Management School and the University of Waikato to develop a strategy and implementation plan.

She is a project champion of new initiatives in the digital space in face-to-face and online teaching and learning; and is also an active researcher/teacher in the area of digital business.

Karyn has supervised research projects and provided consultancy in the areas of digital business improvement, social media and digital health management.

Karyn has PhD students in social media for entrepreneurship and health behaviour change through gamification. Her PhD graduates have examined emergency management and cloud computing and social media in small to medium enterprises and currently work in research and the university sector.

Research Supervised

Current PhD Supervision

  • Arafat Alshawaf "The Use of Social Networking Technologies for Home-Based Business: The Case of Saudi Arabian Female Entrepreneurs"
  • Dannie Jefferies "Using Gamification to Support Positive Health Behaviour Change: A Kaupapa Maori Approach"

Past PhD Supervision

  • Debashish Mandal (2015) “Social Media Adoption By Micro Businesses”
  • Heidi Lu (2019) “An Exploration of Cloud-based Technologies in Enhancing Emergency Management Capabilities”

Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Lu, Y., Dillon, S., Rastrick, K., & Vossen, G. (2017). Assessing the perceived value of cloud-based technologies in natural disasters. In 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management. Conference held Munster, Germany.

  • Mandal, D., McQueen, R., Dillon, S. M., & Rastrick, K. (2017). The influence of small enterprise owner personality traits on Facebook use. Small Enterprise Research, 24(2), 120-131. doi:10.1080/13215906.2017.1338194

  • Rastrick, K., Stahl, F., Vossen, G., & Dillon, S. (2015). WiPo for SAR: Taking the web in your pocket when doing search and rescue in New Zealand. International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, 7(4), 46-66. doi:10.4018/IJISCRAM.2015100103

  • Lu, Y., & Rastrick, K. (2014). Impacts of website design on the adoption intention of mobile commerce: Gender as a moderator. New Zealand Journal of Applied Business Research, 12(2), 51-68.

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