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|| David Gardiner
Grant’s career as a finance professional has covered a wide range of business sizes and activities. These range from micro-businesses to multinationals and from unknown start-ups to businesses with household names. Grant’s industry experience includes software, manufacturing, tourism, primary industry and the sporting industry.
Experience as an accountant in public practice has given Grant an in-depth understanding of the financial and operational needs of SMEs. Grant has also had experience with in corporate finance roles, having held a number of finance positions with NZ public companies, as well as finance and operational roles with John Deere.
Grant is passionate about excellence within the accounting profession, and also about providing small business with the skills, tools and knowledge they need to succeed. Through his role as Head of Accounting at Xero, Grant is able to combine both of these threads together.
Grant completed his MBA with Distinction at the University of Waikato, graduating in April 2015.
Corporate Finance, Leadership and Management of SMEs, Excellence in Business.
Motorcycle riding and an in-depth analysis of NZs café culture.
Mark is a career industrial marketer. He has led the marketing, technology transfer and business development effort for a number of industrial firms in a range of industry sectors in New Zealand and abroad.
Currently, Mark leads the marketing and industry engagement effort for a Crown Research Institute. This role requires that the scientific and technical capabilities and technology products of the organisation are identified, industry needs are researched, and commercial value propositions developed and promoted. This activity means that Mark has a close involvement with many sectors and networks in New Zealand and consequently he is exposed to much of the marketing and technology transfer practices found in industry.
In addition to wanting to demystify marketing and promote marketing thinking to anyone prepared to listen, Mark’s research interests include innovation and new product and service development, and technology transfer.
Mark has a Bachelor of Social Science, an MBA, and a PhD in marketing and technology management.
Greg Bold is Company Director for Mann Hardware Ltd as well as Tauranga Mitre 10 Mega Ltd. Both companies are involved in the Mitre 10 group and include a trade focussed store with house and roof truss manufacturing capabilities as well as a Mega store in excess of 10,000 m2 in Tauranga. Greg is also an academic staff member with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic teaching management students at both certificate and degree levels in association with The University of Waikato.
His background is predominantly in the retail arena with a specialist interest in inventory management and in the planning and development areas.
Greg is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, New Zealand Institute of Directors and Human Resource Institute of New Zealand.
"Being involved in the development and planning for a business that has grown from a retail floor space of 500 m2 to in excess of 12000 m2 over three locations, has presented a number of key areas with regards to inventory selection and management, as well as the process of managing each expansion from an operational and project management perspective. Being able to take these learnings from business and relate them back into the programme is one of the key pre-requisites, and one of the areas that I found helpful when I went through the MBA process."
"I have often said that learning is best done out loud. One of the keys to success I have seen in these programmes is where the participants can relate the theory presented back to what is occurring within their business arena. My own personal ongoing involvement in business also means that I reinforce the ideas put forward with actual occurrences. The more ways we can relate a theory or practice, the deeper the level of understanding."
Giles Burch is an Associate Professor who teaches for Waikato Management School in the Corporate & Executive Education Department. He is Director of the GM-HR Programme and conducts research into workplace psychopathology, wellbeing, motivation and performance. He was previously a senior lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland, and has also taught on executive and corporate programmes at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM; UNSW), Mt. Eliza Executive Education (Melbourne Business School), Birkbeck, University of London, and East London University.
Being qualified as both a clinical and occupational psychologist, Giles has 20 years of experience working across a range of industries in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, including seven years within the investment-banking sector in the City of London. He has also worked in a number of clinical settings, including general practice and a specialist anxiety disorders clinic. Giles continues to provide consultancy, coaching and clinical services to organisations and individuals, with a particular focus on enhancing psychological wellbeing, building resiliency and maximising performance.
Anthony Byett is an economist with over 30 years’ experience in applying and communicating economic theories and research. He has a strong background in the field of economic research, financial and economic analysis and financial risk management.
Current employment is as an independent consultant, providing analysis of retail spending trends, evaluation of transport policies and investments, and general economic appraisal of investment opportunities.
Previous experience includes analysing and communicating macro-economic trends and driving forces, on estimating the impact of events on local and national communities, and on the setting of prices for goods and services, including wastewater.
Anthony has worked within or for organisations such as Southland District Council, MWH, NZ Transport Agency, ASB Bank, Paymark, Manukau Water, Oracle, Tenon, Dominion Funds, University of Waikato, University of Auckland and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Qualified in Economics and Statistics, including a Master’s degree in Economics and a post-graduate diploma in Statistics, and well versed in public speaking and report writing after working as Chief Economist at ASB Bank, Anthony can help you effectively put everyday events into the sort of analytical framework that will bring clarity to your decision making.
Originally from the USA, Professor Jim Corner is an expert in organisational decision-making and his knowledge in this area takes him to the US Air Force in Ohio, to businesses around New Zealand, and into Waikato Management School’s Centre for Corporate and Executive Education.
He knows how and why decisions are made – the right ones and the wrong ones – and is able to provide tools that help people make better decisions, which in turn can lead to better company efficiency and profits.
In New Zealand, Jim is known for his ‘Beer Game’ management simulation, which involves groups of managers competing against each other in the production, distribution, wholesaling and retailing of beer. He’s used the ‘Beer Game’ throughout New Zealand and overseas, to help numerous organisations understand system dynamics, and the behaviour of people within those systems.
It is through teachings such as this that Jim gives people the skills and confidence to change their organisational systems to produce better outcomes.
John Cunningham and Chad Wilkie established Ignition Partner Limited in June 2002 to advise companies on strategies for growth from innovation, with an emphasis on Technology, Intellectual Property, Structure and Capital Planning.
John spent several years in company development, operations management and senior executive roles in listed corporates. He spent 15 years with Fernz Corporation, the last 12 years as the Corporate Development Manager with responsibilities including local and offshore initiatives in start-up, joint venture and acquisition strategies. He has venture capital experience and creates strategic alliances between companies.
He is a director of several unlisted companies, including Motim Technologies Ltd, Climsystems Ltd and Cawthron Institute.
John was Entrepreneur in Residence at BioEngineering Institute in 2005 and now chairs the BioEng Industrial Advisory Board. He lectures part time at The University Of Waikato in the MBA programme.
He was chairman of the MSI TechNZ advisory panel and is an expert reviewer with MSI. He was President of IPENZ in 2001.
He has been a judge for the Business Excellence awards at North Shore and Manukau since their inauguration and enjoys seeing top class companies winning and providing role models for newer companies.
John graduated BE (Chem & Mat) Auckland University, Dip BIA Auckland University, ME (Environmental) Auckland University. John is also a member of FIChemE, FIPENZ, FIEAust, MRSNZ, MIOD and is CEng, CSci.
Dr Stuart Dillon has a BSc, PgDipMgtSys, MMS and PhD (Waikato). He has been Chairperson of the Department of Management Systems since 2008.
Much of Stuart's research is in the area of emergent Information Systems and Electronic Commerce Technologies. Current projects include behavioural competencies of IT Project Managers, Data Curation as a Service, Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Computing, and Local E-Government. He has published in leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of Global Information Management, International Journal of Project Management, and Scientometrics. The Department is the sole New Zealand member of the European Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) and Stuart collaborates with number of researchers from other ERCIS members, in particular from the University of Münster and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Much of Stuart's research is qualitative and he has a particular interest in interpretative approaches - especially Grounded Theory. He is willing to consider quality proposals from prospective PhD students aligned with his research interests and methods.
David has taught operations management and supply chain management at the undergraduate level and at the postgraduate level for 22 years on subjects including: operations strategy, forecasting and demand management, capacity planning and yield management, sales and operations planning, process and product design, process improvement, service design, constraint-based scheduling, inventory systems, enterprise resource planning, six sigma quality, total quality management, lean thinking, and project management.
He is a lecturer at several New Zealand universities, and is a director of Gardiner Consulting Group, a management consulting company specialising in operations management. Recent clients include Fonterra, Carter Holt Harvey Packaging, Pacific Steel, Fletcher Steel, Jenkin Timber, Mitre 10 and Rinnai New Zealand. He regularly facilitates courses and seminars for NZPICS (the Association for Operations and Supply Chain Professionals) and the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).
His practical experience in distribution and manufacturing systems was developed during his career as a manufacturing industry business consultant for IBM. In this senior role, David developed many distribution and manufacturing solutions for companies throughout New Zealand, Australia and South-East Asia.
He is the author of the textbook Operations Management for Business Excellence; and developed an online business mathematics refresher course which is pre-requisite for students commencing MBA at several New Zealand universities.
His formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Canterbury, and a post-graduate Diploma in Business and Industrial Administration from the University of Auckland. He is recognised by APICS (the Association for Operations Management), as Certified at the Fellow level in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM). Additionally he is a lead instructor for APICS CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management).
David is a founder member, past National President, and past Education Director of NZPICS (the Association for Operations and Supply Chain Professionals).
Mark Kilgour is serious about marketing and the role of marketers in top-level management. "Marketing is not a soft business skill at all, it's about understanding the customer in different and ever-changing environments. It's about knowing how to read, analyse and forecast trends and about influencing and directing long-term strategy."
Mark's been in business and consulted widely, particularly in Asia, but more recently he decided he wanted to be shaping the future of marketing, not just working in it. "I'm interested in creative thinking, the creative thinking process and the links between intelligence and creativity. It's fascinating seeing how ideas come together, combining thoughts that perhaps haven't been combined before and coming up with something new." He's also interested in how existing knowledge helps or hinders creative thought.
Mark feels New Zealanders still haven't fully adapted to doing business in a global economy and thinks that for a small country like New Zealand, distribution and promotion need a stronger focus. He sees consumer interaction with media as driving change. "New media is growing and these new methods of communication, like FaceBook and YouTube are changing the way consumers interact with organisations."
Alison McCourt has been teaching law in the Accounting Department since 2004 in all areas of Commercial Law. Prior to that she was a mediator for the Tenancy Services and was also involved in community mediations. She graduated with an LLB from the University of Cape Town and worked in the Legal Services Department of a large insurance company there advising businesses on group pension plans and international tax implications regarding pensions.
Alison has a masters in Law from The University of Waikato and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She is currently enrolled in a PhD entitled The Role of Business Law in a Masters of Business Administration. She is a Trustee of the Kirikiriroa Trade Aid Trust and has been involved in community organisations in the past, which are now all on hold while she finishes her PhD.
Alison believes that all law should be accessible and understandable to anyone. Her special research interests are the internet and the law, plus the difficulty experienced worldwide in effectively regulating the internet; human rights and ethics regarding corporations; effective sustainability reporting and business law education. She has presented at conferences and had publications on most of these topics.
John Oetzel is a Professor in the Department of Management Communication at The University of Waikato. He is from the U.S. and is of European descent. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Public Health from the University of New Mexico. Previously he taught at the University of New Mexico.
He teaches courses in conflict management, intercultural communication, health communication, research methods, and high performance teams. He has consulted with a number of for-profit and governmental organisations including Intel, Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S.), the New Mexico Department of Infectious Disease, and the New Mexico Human Services Department. The topics include applied research, workplace and team relations, conflict, and health services.
His research investigates conflict in teams and across cultures, health service delivery, and partnerships between communities and academics to address health outcomes. “I am particularly interested in challenging conversations between people who have different group identities. These conversations have the opportunities for growth, creativity, and problem-solving, but also the chance to destroy relationships and teams.”
He is co-author (with Stella Ting-Toomey) of Managing Intercultural Communication Effectively (2001, Sage) and editor (with Stella Ting-Toomey) of The Sage Handbook of Conflict Communication (2006, Sage). His is author of Intercultural Communication: A Layered Approach (2009, Pearson). He is also the author of more than 60 articles and book chapters.
He is currently working on a research team examining kaumātua, whanau, and health service workers perspectives about communication issues in palliative care in order to improve service delivery. The project is funded by the Health Research Council and is a partnership between Rauawaawa Kaumātua Community Trust, Te Runanga O Kirikiriroa, representatives from the Management Communication Department and Te Kotahi Research Institute of the University of Waikato, the Waikato District Health Board, and the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical School.
Peter earned degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering and worked for over 15 years in various positions and in a variety of projects. He worked for Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC), Unilever, and MAS Holdings, and his most recent assignment was the establishment of a 1000 acre apparel city in VIZAG, India. He completed his PhD in organisational learning in 2006 and moved into academia in June 2007.
Peter is currently the Director for the Centre for Enterprise and Leadership as well as the Director of Corporate Programmes. Previously he was the Associate Dean Enterprise of the Waikato Management School and oversaw all corporate and executive education (i.e., the MBA, Post Graduate Diploma, and all customised corporate programmes). He facilitates workshops for organisations, and has consulted for companies such as Fonterra, Brandix (India, and in Sri Lanka), and Sri Lanka Insurance Ltd etc. His expertise is in leadership, knowledge management, and organisational learning, and he actively researches and publishes in these areas. His leadership research lies in the area of transformational and servant leadership, at both senior and middle management, and the influence of leadership on organisational learning and knowledge management.
Dr Maree Roche
Dr Maree Roche is a senior lecturer in Organisational Psychology, University of Waikato. Maree’s expertise is in both Positive Psychology and Leadership. She has examined many of the psychological aspects of well-being in relation to business leaders, with an overall finding that the enhanced well-being of leaders manifests in many positive outcomes for organisations, leaders and their employees. Some of Maree’s specific areas of expertise are in Positive Psychology and include Mindfulness, Psychological Capital, Motivation, Goals, and Psychological Needs.
Overall, Maree has a passion for extending and understanding the benefits of well-being for leaders, and identifying the benefits of this for organisations, employees and customers. She is active in many projects in this capacity, as well as providing consulting services and advice on Positive Psychology and Leadership to organisations.
Linda’s research explores the human dimension of HRM – social sustainability. It contributes to the body of knowledge regarding Participatory Action Research to facilitate organisational change; and the application of Habermas's concepts of the life world, communicative action, the system, and instrumental action. In particular, Linda critically examines power relationships within societies and within organisations. Linda’s research explores organisational practices that enhance social responsibility, work life balance, EEO, ethical practices, and workplace values. Workplace wellbeing organisation practices of interest include alternatives to redundancy, older workers, work life balance, and generally becoming employers of choice. Overall Linda endorses socially sustainable management systems that value natural and ‘social capital’ as key contributors to organisational success - both socially and financially.
As businesses face more complex global and economic environments, the need to embrace innovative solutions is vital. The new business environment has lifted the work of the accountant from "number cruncher" to business partner, providing business with sound advice on growth opportunities and sustainable profit maximisation. Vida is passionate about creating an awareness of the real value of accountants to business. As an accountant, Vida spends time consulting for the Middle East oil companies and has always retained close links to local accounting firms. She uses this knowledge to bring real world examples into her teaching.
Vida’s teaching focuses on auditing and forensic accounting. Her teaching expertise also includes facilitating understanding of financial performance and financial strategy on international MBA’s in the USA, United Kingdom and South Africa. She holds a Doctorate in Accounting (UNISA) and Honours in Tertiary Education; is a Chartered Accountant (NZICA) and CPA Australia. Vida has co-authored three prescribed textbooks. She believes the quid quo pro relationship she maintains between academia and practices leads to a better understanding in class.
Her focus is on organisational behaviour, capability and performance. She specialises in people within organisations measuring and improving engagement to increase productivity and profitability. She is a leadership facilitator, executive coach and mentor.
Lynlee Wilson is a Registered Organisational Psychologist (1991) and has an MSoc.Sci (Honours) and a B.A (Psychology).
In addition to her Waikato Management School work, economist Anna Strutt works with the University of Adelaide and consults for a range of national and international organisations. She has worked with organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, the EU-Vietnam Multilateral Trade Assistance Project, the Mekong Institute, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Bank. This vast and varied experience means she brings a wealth of international knowledge to executive education participants.
Anna contributes to many national and international research projects. For example, she has undertaken work for the Tokyo-based Asian Development Bank Institute to assess socioeconomic impacts of infrastructure development and for the Bangkok-based UNESCAP, analysing impacts of the global financial crisis on international trade flows. In recent work for the Asian Development Bank, she focused on Asia’s changing role in world trade over the next few decades.
Professor David McKie teaches Strategic Communication and Leadership and is a Scot by birth, an Australian by naturalisation, and a resident of New Zealand by choice. He has co-authored five books including Murthy and McKie(2009) Please Don’t Stop the Music: An Ensemble Leadership Repertoire.
For Corporate & Executive Education he teaches MBA classes and corporate programmes. He is passionate about delivering education with outcomes and qualified as a WIAL Action Learning Coach, an EI trainer in both the HayGroup and the BarOn systems, and was assessed as Alchemist in the Harthill Leadership Development Framework. David is also CEO of RAM (Results by Action Management) International and has experience working as a change, leadership, and strategic communication consultant in the private and public sectors in China, Europe, Korea, India, the Middle East, and the United States. He has acted as consultant and/or run leadership development courses for such leading Asian and Australasian organisations as Blueprint, Digital Indigenous, Fonterra, Healthcare NZ, Logistics New Zealand, New Zealand Police, Opus, Prolife Foods, Sri Lanka Insurance, Waikato Chiefs, Te Pou, and Zespri.
Today’s accountants are spending more time working with their clients and adding value to businesses while better software has lifted the burden of much of the basic number crunching. Professor Howard Davey is an excellent teacher and facilitator who turns the traditionally challenging topic of accounting into something interesting and exciting by using case studies to show how in-depth accounting knowledge can add value to business decision making.
Professor Davey is actively involved with NZICA (New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants). This keeps him at the hub of new developments within the New Zealand accounting industry and ensures his teaching is always up to date.
Howard’s teaching focuses on external reporting and financial analysis and performance, areas that encompass core accounting, auditing, taxation, and the triple bottom line. His teaching involves setting a broad structure within which different topics can be covered in a flexible manner. He says that it is critical that real life examples are used so that participants are able to examine real business situations and make real life calls. This open approach ensures Howard’s teaching meets the needs of the widest group of participants.
With more than three decades experience as chair/CEO/corporate leader of large multi-national firms, Associate Professor of Growth Strategies and Governance Jens Mueller combines his academic research with an active consulting practice. He has worked with corporate leaders in more than 15 countries and firms such as Wal-Mart, Philip Morris, HSBC, Unilever and KPMG.
In New Zealand, Jens contributes to many organisations to help create effective performance strategies and good governance models. They include Office Products Depot, Telecom, Harcourts, Kindercare, District Health Boards, Mitre 10, Fonterra, Ministry of Health, and many others. Jens sits on several corporate boards, including PHARMAC, in New Zealand and overseas and is a temporary advisor to the World Health Organziation's Western Pacific division.
Jens sees many firms that have successfully made the transition from a local New Zealand performance level, to become world class actors. Given the small national market, this requires an open mind to learn from the best firms overseas and to not shy away from world markets, where many New Zealand firms are outstanding performers. This ongoing relationship with business enables him to bring current knowledge about sustainable entrepreneurship, strategic management and good governance to the Waikato Management School and its executive clients. In recognition of this, Jens has recently been designated Associate Professor of Growth Strategies and Governance.
In addition to teaching at the Waikato Management School, Jens has taught MBA-level students in Bogota, Adelaide, Singapore, Cambodia, China, the US, and Europe, and presents governance material to Institute of Directors' clients. This gives him ample and excellent opportunity to share experiences and to benchmark his teaching to a worldwide high standard. He’s an advocate of relevant action-learning, always encouraging students to make challenging managerial decisions. Jens also holds an appointment as Professor of Global Business at the Shantou University in China and is a Visiting Professor at Northern Illinois University's College of Business.
As one of the few double-doctorate staff at the University, Jens holds a PhD in Governance from the University of Canterbury, a doctorate in Law from California, an MBA from Illinois, a Masters in Advanced Management from Peter Drucker's Claremont University, and an LLM in International Taxation from California.
He has founded and operated a number of multi-national high technology businesses in Europe, the US and New Zealand and has successfully turned around businesses to be market leaders before on-selling to US Fortune 100 firms.
He is the editor of three refereed international academic journals and regularly writes in academic and mainstream industry and lay publications, including the New Zealand Herald, EMA News and Management magazine. Some of his six books on strategy, governance, leadership and business ethics are best-sellers.
HM Queen Elizabeth II made Dr Jens Mueller, MRSNZ, a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM, in her New Year’s Honours List 2015 for Meritorious and Outstanding Services to the Crown and the People of New Zealand in Business and Education.
Professor Mark Harcourt has studied workplace happenings in some of New Zealand’s best known organisations. For example, turnover at the Bank of New Zealand, stress at the Reserve Bank, commitment at the Police and Fire Service, occupational overuse syndrome at BRANZ. He is well qualified to teach people about handling people.
Mark says process is the key to good human resources, – people will remember the way issues are handled long after the event. They will accept being made redundant if it is handled well, but they will not easily forgive badly handled situations. It’s Mark Harcourt’s job to teach managers and leaders how to handle their staff well, in good times and bad. As well as looking at the ‘big picture’ and legal requirements of HR, Mark teaches practical ways of dealing with issues, different methods of staff assessment and analysis depending on who’s being assessed, and how to successfully integrate the theory of people management and practice.
Marcus founded EIC Growth Pty Ltd to assist CEO’s and leaders implement and measure creativity, innovation and enterprising behaviours. He specialises in the growth for profit and not for profit organisations that operate in the turbulence of national and international market places.
He has co-authored five handbooks, which are used by many of the 1500 organisations he has worked with as a pragmatic reference for their sustained growth.
Marcus has managed, led and owned organisations in the fields of textiles, scientific instrumentation, education, information technology, consumer software development and tourism. As an advisor and facilitator of change to boards and senior decision makers across tertiary and secondary education, pharmaceutical, medical devices, medical communications, city and state governments, fast moving consumer goods, beverage and entertainment industries, he has achieved sustained success for over 30 years.
As Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT University, he works with staff, students and alumni to refine and develop their ideas and business opportunities. In 2008, he was awarded Australia’s Best Entrepreneurial Educator. In 2009, he was awarded for sustained excellence in collaboration between business and universities in Australia. Marcus also leads and facilitates the capstone courses, Strategic Business Leadership in the Executive MBA at RMIT and Strategic Value Creation at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and has received awards for excellence in leading and teaching creative thinking, using the tools of innovation and modelling enterprising behaviours.
He was founding director of Australian Poetry Limited, The RMIT University Enterprise Board, advisor to 776BC (Olympic Sports Wear) and SODA in New Zealand, (a technology Incubator) and CISCO Asia Pacific, (entrepreneurship programs). In addition, he provides pro-bono advice to several not for profit boards in Melbourne; one of which he is President: the Old Haileyburians Association, the global alumni organisation of Haileybury College, a world school that is Australia’s largest.
Marcus has made, and continues to make, an extraordinary impact on the attitudes, self‐esteem, behaviour, life chances, values and outcomes of thousands of professionals and students in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Ron is a fellow of IPENZ, NZIM and is a Chartered Professional Engineer. Professional activities involve research and teaching in sustainability design, complexity, decision and judgment. He has more than 30 years of industrial consulting engineering and management experience with many industry sector groups. The last 16 years have included teaching in the Faculties of Engineering (Sustainability) and Business (MBA) at Auckland University.
He is a mission specialist scientist/engineer with the United Nations (UN). This work is generally focused on developing countries and also involves substantial "in country" project management of large complex UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Development projects. Currently, Ron is the technical advisor for the UN Basel and Stockholm Conventions and is the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) Mission Specialist Scientist/Engineer -Sustainable Development Programme -African Stockpiles -Toxic Chemical Waste.
Current academic activity includes teaching and research in complexity management theory, leadership, decision and judgment. His doctorate addresses complexity and management in the hazardous and toxic waste industry.
Heather Connolly is a lecturer in Strategic Management and Human Resource Department at The University of Waikato. Her academic and research interests revolve around strategy and knowledge sharing, and transfer mechanisms as they relate to organisational governance and management.
"I’m interested in exploring why people act the way they do in their organisational contexts and how this influences organisational learning and development."
In her recently co-authored book – "Addicted to Performance" - Heather examines the challenge that leaders have today as they are trapped in the pursuits of the efficiencies necessary to satisfy society’s addiction to “more-for-less”. Their challenge is to confront the reality of their organisation’s current situation and circumstances and to recontextualise this reality into an emergent future; and then to devise ways to secure it.
Her teaching style seeks to challenge students to not only question the boundaries of theories and models and their application, but to also enhance their understanding through shared and collaborative exploration of subject matter. Creating an environment of inclusivity that allows students to engage in experiential rather than dictatorial learning is her objective.
An experienced management, risk management, compliance and assurance consultant with clients ranging from large listed companies and government agencies to SMEs, Heather is a regular speaker at academic, industry and sector-related conferences in Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Steven Lim is an outstanding teacher. He won the award for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching at the government’s 2006 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards. He’s an economist who spends three quarters of his year at Waikato Management School and the remainder as visiting professor at Senshu University in Tokyo; he also works with the Asian Development Bank and teaches executive education at the University of Queensland (top 15 in the global MBA rankings).
Steven Lim's links with Asia mean that what he's teaching is real, fresh and relevant. In Asia he leads training courses in economics and leadership. Participants come from six different countries - China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, all countries working through economic reforms and needing guidance to perform effectively on global markets.
These Asian links mean that Steven has contacts in high places in the region, and for Waikato's executive education participants there are opportunities to work with him on research projects. So alongside his consulting work in Asia, he has researched health issues, the removal of landmines in war-torn areas and the social impacts of economic shocks.
His students say he has a knack for making difficult concepts both interesting and easy to understand and that he has the ability to interact well with students in both large classes and in more intimate teaching environments. He has also written about successful teaching and is often an invited speaker at international conferences and symposia on teaching practice.
Dr Michèle Schoenberger-Orgad is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management Communication at Waikato Management School. Her teaching and research interests are in public relations theory and practice with particular emphasis on issues and crisis management and political communication.
Michèle's commitment to student learning was rewarded in 2011 when she received Waikato Management School’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the University of Waikato Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also one of the two Teaching Advocates in WMS who are dedicated to improving professional teaching development amongst academic staff. As the Qualifications Convenor for the Bachelor of Communication Studies, Michèle also takes a lead role in the implementation of assurance of learning processes in taught papers. She believes that experiential learning is important for students to gain greater understanding of how theory fits into practice and she uses discussion, simulations and scenarios as part of her teaching portfolio.
Michèle has published in the prestigious Public Relations Review and in Management Communication Quarterly. She also has interests in cultural sustainability in terms of the creative and cultural industries, which is informed by her practical experience within the arts and cultural sector. Previous employment has been as a senior manager within the museum sector and she has also managed her own business in events management in Israel and in New Zealand.