Dr Deborah Marie Shepherd

DPhil, MA (Hons) and BA.


Deb is a Senior Lecturer in Management and International Business Department in the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Auckland. She currently teaches in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Professional Development. Her research interests are in the area of family business, SME growth, SME governance, leadership, strategy and internationalisation and more recently a developing interest in social entrepreneurship.

Deb is involved in the student-led initiative SPARK and is currently one of the Faculty directors of the SPARK Vision to Business Programme. She was part of the founding team for The ICEHOUSE Business Growth Programmes and continues to develop and facilitate the Owner Manager Programme. Deb's consultancy work is with SMEs and Family Businesses in the areas of team and leadership development, strategy development, and business growth. She is a Member of the Family Firm Institute and is a Board member for a number of privately owned NZ SME and family businesses.

Special Interests:

Family businesses, SME growth, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship

Research | Current

Research Interests
Family Business
SME Growth
Social Entrepreneurship

Teaching | Current

2015 INTBUS 705 Advanced Entrepreneurship
2015 MGMT 723 Advanced Professional Development
2015 INNOVENT 303 Entrepreneurship 



2010 University of Auckland Business School Teaching Excellence Award: Icehouse collaborative teaching
2009 Icebreaker award: For outstanding contribution to growing NZ businesses
1997 NZ Federation of University Women PhD Scholarship
1993 University of Auckland Postgraduate Scholarship


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member, Australia New Zealand Academy of Management Member, Family Firm Institute

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shepherd, D., & Woods, C. (2011). Developing digital citizenship for digital tots: Hector's World limited. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 13 (3), 1-20.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11802
  • Kolb, D., Shepherd, D., & Woods, C. (2011). Managing growth in the smaller firm. In C. Massey (Ed.) Managing the small firm in New Zealand (pp. 225-236). Auckland: Pearson.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/13695
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Woods, Darl Kolb
  • Benson-Rea, M., & Shepherd, D. M. (2008). Macpac gears up and gets out there. In R. Whittington, G. Johnson, K. Scholes (Eds.) Exploring corporate strategy (pp. 765-773). Harlow, Essex: Prentice Hall.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15672
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maureen Benson-Rea


Contact details

  • Media Contact

Primary location

Level 3, Room 358
New Zealand

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