PhD supervision topics

Research themes

In the pursuit of innovative ideas that will create sustainable value for organisations and communities, our research portfolio at Waikato Management School is focused on five multi-disciplinary areas.

1. Organising for performance

Focusing on the ways in which organisations can improve and enhance their performance. This includes research on:

  • Peak performance
  • Corporate finance and investments
  • Audit and assurance
  • Accountability and performance measurement
  • Strategy and innovation
  • Educational innovation
  • Operations management

2. International competitiveness and development

Focusing on creating and maintaining international competitiveness and development. This includes research on:

  • New Zealand competitiveness
  • Asia Pacific development
  • Comparative research
  • Global research

3. Social and sustainable development

Focusing on creating sustainability for individuals, organisations, communities (including Maori), nations and the global community. This includes research on:

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social policy
  • Community and Third Sector management
  • Behavioural sciences
  • Health communication
  • Human resources
  • Organisational behaviour

4. E-commerce and ICT innovation

Focusing on the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and new business processes in organisations. This includes research on:

  • Socio-economic impacts of ICT/EC
  • Innovative applications of ICT/EC
  • Commercialisation of innovative ICT/EC
  • Strategic use of ICT/EC
  • Adoption, uptake and implementation processes for ICT/EC
  • On-line communities and electronic communication

5. Wealth creation for New Zealand

Focusing on the drivers of wealth creation for local and regional development, and future growth of the national economy. This includes research on:

  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Health
  • Creative industries
  • Economic policy in New Zealand
  • Regional & business economics
  • Supply chain management
  • Small & medium enterprises

Areas of expertise