University of Otago
Te Whare Wananga o Otago Department of Management
Te Whare Wananga o Otago  

Dr Paula O'Kane

Paula O'KaneBSc PhD PGDCHEP (Ulster) FHEA
Senior Lecturer

Room: Commerce 819
Tel: +64 3 479 8181
Fax: +64 3 479 8173
Skype: paulaokane

Prior to taking up the post as a Senior Lecturer in Management, Paula was a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland for five years. Her PhD explored the role of technology in Organisational Communication. She has had broad teaching experience across the human resources and organisational behaviour fields and has supervised over 20 Masters Projects as well as coordinating 25 Masters Internships yearly. 

Read about Paula's research, with other colleagues from the Department, about the future of work in 'Dateline Dunedin 2063' page 34 of the Otago Magazine 36.

Read the Future of Work Research Centre report, Future of Work: Dunedin and the blog that contains the latest news, reports and presentations from this research team in the department.

See the report, The Future of Work: Dunedin discussed in the ODT.

Future of Work

Teaching interests

Currently the main focus of Paula's teaching is within the field of human resource management and she teaches this across a number of degree programmes and levels. She also teaches in the organisational behaviour arena and has designed a paper in occupational psychology for management. In the past she has taught interpersonal communication, organisational communication as well as research methods at both the under and post-graduate levels.

Teaching responsibilities

Paula’s teaching responsibilities include:

Other responsibilities

Paula’s other responsibilities include:

  • Postgraduate Network Co-ordinator

Research interests

Paula’s current research interests fall across three broad areas:

  • The use of technology for communication within organisational setting, with specific focus upon the use and efficacy of social media.
  • The transfer of training from the classroom to the workplace, which considers how educators and other stakeholders can make training more effective for the individual and their organisation.
  • The role of computer-aided qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) within the research process.


Paula is currently supervising the following students:


Esther Ngocha-Chaderopa - Narrating stories of migrants working as careworkers in New Zealand. (Supervisors: Bronwyn Boon, Fiona Edgar, Paula O'Kane)

Wan Noraini Wan Mansor -The Settling-in Experience of International PhD Students’ Trailing Partners within New Zealand (Supervisors: Steven Grover, Paula O'Kane)

Recent Completions


Fa Martin-Niemi (2013). Developing new knowledge in organisations: Engagement with virtual social networks in problem solving. (Supervisors: Bronwyn Boon, Paula O'Kane, Richard Greatbanks)


View Paula's publications