Management is such a fundamental activity that getting it right matters greatly, and getting it wrong hurts more than just the managers; eventually, we are all deprived of the value organisations create. To get a sense of the scale of management in New Zealand consider these facts. On Census night back in March 2013, 356,076 of us (or 18 percent of all those employed) classed themselves as managers (Statistics New Zealand, 2013). In February 2013, there were 472,600 enterprises in New Zealand—pressumbly all (at least those actively in business) had managers at the helm (MacPherson, 2013). And bolstering the management occupational class were some 19,830 students working toward management and commerce degrees in 2013, not to mention...Read more
Few I have witnessed speak with the passion and eloquence of Dr Ernesto Sirolli on how effective entrepreneurship can be in transforming the fortunes of even the most desperate of communities. Dr Sirolli is the founder of the Sirolli...Read more
As I busily write and rewrite my thesis, I am listening this very moment to some old songs that register with me because they operate like a veritable index to one’s past. It occurs to me that while a song, or any rendition of musical form, can be...Read more
Ko tētahi o āku tino mahi i te wānaga nei a Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa (Massey University) i roto i Te Kahui Kahurangi (School of Management), ko te whakaako i tēnei mea, ko te whakaherenga ā te Māori, ara, ko Māori management tērā.
I ahau e...Read more
Three years and more have I been labouring at a PhD, and every minute, while some minutes are harder than others, has been a blessing. Other than the blessings of whānau (family) support, another pronounced blessing has been the time and space to...Read more
One of the last lessons my grandmother taught me about six weeks before she passed away was humility. It was not the kind of ‘sit down let’s have a talk’ lesson; it was an emotionally charged verbal tirade that left me stunned and...Read more
It was at a 40th birthday recently in Rotorua that I learned from a fellow graduate of the Waikato Management School that Professor Kelvin Mataira had passed away. Professor Mataira was a founder of and lead lecturer for the Maori Resource...Read more
Our world today is ruled by systems. So much so I suspect we could do with a system for the system. I recently started a job as a lecturer at Massey University which I enjoy immensely. Up to that point I had been a casual tutor. In this casual guise...Read more
Kia ora tātau. This is a tale about a PhD journey in progress.
Getting through a PhD must be somewhat like getting a black belt in karate, a popular form of Japanese martial art. Though I never achieved a black belt I had the privilege to attend...Read more
As I was walking about Upper Hutt Sunday morning attempting to get some exercise, an idea floated by as I was visualising my family and me living in any of the majestic manors of Riverstone. I imagined myself extolling to a friend an idea from a...Read more