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News and Events: Management



The Department of Management regularly features in the media – with exciting research, opinion pieces, comment and expertise from our research-active staff

During the year, the Department also hosts many public lectures and events from our researchers and subject experts. For Management staff, we have an upcoming departmental seminars calendar, ensuring that everyone is kept up-to-date.


Discover what’s happening with Management at Otago

Read stories on Management staff, students or research, or find information on upcoming seminars, events and lectures.

University publications featuring news stories and features from the Department of Management:  

Upcoming Departmental Seminars: a calendar of seminars for the Department of Management.

You can also view podcasts of past Management (Otago Business School) public lectures and events.

View a list of conferences in the Management area.



The Department welcomes several prestigious overseas visitors this year.

Professor Mika Gabrielsson from Eastern Finland University and Professor Peter Gabrielsson from the University of Vaasa visited the department in April to work on a collaborative project with Professor Elizabeth Rose.

Dr Alex Wright, a lecturer in strategic management in the Department of Strategy and Marketing at The Open University Business School, UK, will present a seminar on March 27, 12-1pm, all welcome. His research interests focus on strategy-as-practice, which views strategizing as a sociolinguistic construction constituted by strategists. He is also involved in research on organizational routines as communicative constructions, communication as constitutive of organization, the social production of organizing spaces, and performativity.

Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg. A psychologist by training, he pursued his PhD at the University of Hamburg and as a visiting scholar at various business schools around the globe. In 2008, he received the ERIM top talent post-doc fellowship at the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University where he later also taught as an Assistant Professor as part of the Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies. In his research, Prof. Van Quaquebeke focuses on the issue of leadership. Among others, he explores the communicative basis of successful leadership, the importance of values in leadership, ways of leading ethically, and the function of interpersonal respect. Niels is presenting a seminar in the Department of Management on 27 February, 12-1pm, all welcome.

Professor Karl Aquino, Richard Poon Professor of Organizations and Society, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia is a William Evans Fellow of the University. His research interests include; forgiveness and reconciliation, moral cognition and behaviour, status and social dominance, organizational justice, and workplace victimization. He is presenting a seminar in the Department of Management on 4 March, 3-4pm, all welcome.

Professor Tom Redman is Professor of Human Resource Management in the Business School at Durham University. Before joining Durham University Business School, Tom was Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this he was Professor of HRM at the University of Teesside. Tom spent 10 years in industry in quality, production and HR management positions (mainly with Royal Worcester Porcelain) prior to re-entering academic life. Tom's research interests include; age discrimination, HRM, industrial relations, organisational commitment, and union commitment and participation. He will be in the vicinity delivering a keynote address at the 2014 AIRAANZ Conference in Melbourne, and will present a seminar in the department on 6 March, 12-1pm, all welcome.

Dr Maria Dijkstra of VU University Amsterdam who specialises in organizational behaviour and within that theme; conflict and conflict management, individual differences, motivation and well-being. Maria is on sabbatical and will be in the department from January to April and will present a seminar on March 31, 12-1pm, all welcome.

Lotta Aho is a visiting scholar from the Aalto University School of Business working on her doctoral dissertation. She has degrees from both Law and Economics and her first master’s thesis in law also dealt with Kyoto Protocol flexible mechanisms, thus paving the way for the future. Professionally, Lotta has experience working with energy, environment and climate in government institutions, and working with carbon and environmental financing in an IFI. Her professional experience also includes working on development cooperation with the UN. She is here to work with Professor Elizabeth Rose formerly of Aalto University herself, who is Lotta's PhD supervisor, and will present a seminar to the department on 30 January based on the findings so far of her PhD research on the influence of the reigning political paradigm in energy sector MNC climate policies. All welcome to attend.

Dr Arthur Rubens, who is a Professor of Management in Lutgert College of Business and founding staff member of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, FL. He currently teaches in the BS, MBA, and EMBA programs at FGCU. He is also actively involved in executive professional education with FGCU’s partners, as well as international educational degree programs. Dr. Rubens primary areas of teaching and research interests are in Business Strategy, Leadership, International Management, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, and Quality Management. Prior to Dr. Rubens current appointment, he held a joint teaching and administrative position as the Director of Sponsored Projects and Programs in the College of Business, Center for Leadership and Innovation. In addition, he was the founding Chair of the Public Administration Department at FGCU. Arthur is teaching on the Department's Summer School paper on Knowledge Management.

Professor Elizabeth Rose is praised by AIB President! Read about it in the newsletter.


Watch Dr Sara Walton discuss her research group's study on the future of work in Dunedin on Dunedin Television on January 28.


Professor Melissa Baucus has had her research on Ponzi schemes highlighted in the SundayStar Times on Sunday January 19th.

Read the article Sunday Times Melissa (PDF 444KB)