Executive Education

Welcome from the Director

Waikato Management School offers a broad range of executive education and corporate development programmes designed to meet the specific needs of business and industry, as well as the individual needs of working managers.

Our goal is to inspire, develop and transform tomorrow’s business leaders to meet changing market needs, both in New Zealand and internationally. We will prepare you for new levels of leadership that can transform your career and add value to your organisation.

You will learn to lead with confidence and to make connections that matter. You will go on to become leaders in your chosen field and continue to create significant value in your organisations.

Our teaching faculty are experts in their fields. Not only are they active researchers; they also engage with organisations in New Zealand and overseas as consultants and advisers. This means they bring practice-relevant research into the classroom and challenge you to think outside your current framework.

We place a strong emphasis on leadership and action learning. This style of applied learning ensures practical application of theory and provides an immediate return on investment to benefit you and your organisation.

We hope you will join us and have a life-changing experience.

Dr Heather Connolly

Director of Engagement and Executive Education
Waikato Management School

Dr Heather Connolly

Dr Heather Connolly is the academic director of Executive Education programmes at Waikato Management School. She also lectures in strategic management and human resources. Her research interests revolve around strategy and knowledge sharing; and transfer mechanisms as they relate to organisational governance and management.

Internationally recognised

The quality of our programmes has been endorsed by three of the world's leading quality assurance bodies for business education: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.


Strong values are integral to leadership and organisational success. Leaders not only establish the values in their organisation, they also have the critical role of influencing and encouraging all members of the organisation to live them. You will explore your embedded values and how to extend them beyond the organisation to encompass care for society and the environment.


You will meet leaders, entrepreneurs and business experts, and that’s just the people in your class. We will introduce you to industry leaders and experts who will challenge your thinking and lead you out of your comfort zone.

Global experience

Look beyond New Zealand to examples from all around the world. Our papers reflect a global business perspective and the MBA programme takes this to another level with an International Study Tour for participants.

Expert learning

Our faculty are distinguished scholars and highly-sought after business consultants.   Not only are you taught by experts, you get to teach the experts. Your real-life business experiences provide relevant casestudies that you and your fellow students can learn from.

Advancing your organisation

Together we will take you and your organisation forward. Your main priority is making your organisation a sustainable success. Our priority is to give you the tools you need to do this.

Collaborative partnerships

We are part of a management school that has strong ties with corporate New Zealand.  We understand industry needs and deliver tailor-made programmes that will suit you and your organisation.

Questioning without fear

To question is to learn. You will be challenged to question the status quo, long-held practices and beliefs, and encourage others to do the same. This is the key to innovation, growth and ensuring sustainable practices.