Our research themes

Waikato Management School has close industry connections with SMEs, not-for-profits, multinational corporations, government agencies and other major organisations around the world.

These global connections allow our academics to conduct research that develops world leading expertise, real world experience and deep connections with both business and society.


Economics at Waikato is ranked first for economics research in New Zealand (PBRF), with nine of New Zealand's top economists (RePEc) publishing empirical papers in leading journals.


We're focused on developing leaders with a passion for innovation, and enabling organisations to succeed through the power of innovation and entrepreneurial practice.

Global finance

Our global finance researchers are publishing pioneering research on financial markets and investment analysis including the growth of digital and cryptocurrencies, the emergence of retail share trading platforms and mechanisms to mitigate new and longstanding risks.

Management in the health sector

Research focused on health communication, indigenous health management, health economics and changes caused by population growth.


Research on leading-edge practices in leadership that will enable leaders to positively influence self, others and their organisations.

Māori & Indigenous business

Research in this field focuses on how Māori and Indigenous entrepreneurs balance cultural and commercial imperatives in business.

Digital business, supply chain and management

We seek to address the big challenges facing business and society regionally, nationally and globally by producing world-class theoretical and practice-relevant management research.


We have research expertise in the responsible management of organisations, and modelling the economic effects of environmental and social policies.

Tourism management

Waikato Management School is ranked 38th best for Tourism & Hospitality Management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.