Dr Deborah Marie Shepherd

DPhil, MA (Hons) and BA.

Biography

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
Innovation
Entrepreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship

Teaching | Current

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

 

Distinctions/Honours

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)

  • Woodfield, P., Woods, C. R., & Shepherd, D. (2017). Appreciating entrepreneurship: A new approach for field research. Entrepreneurship Research Journal10.1515/erj-2016-0027
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Woods
  • Woodfield, P., Woods, C. R., & Shepherd, D. (2017). Sustainable entrepreneurship: another avenue for family business scholarship?. Journal of Family Business Management, 7 (1), 122-132. 10.1108/JFBM-12-2015-0040
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Woods
  • schmidts, T., shepherd, D., & shi, H. (2015). Internationalisation of family businesses: Which logic prevails?. Paper presented at Global Strategy Journal Special Issue Workshop: Family firms in the global economy, Milan. 20 November - 21 November 2015.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Torsten Schmidts
  • Schmidts, T., & Shepherd, D. (2015). Social identity and family business: exploring family social capital. Journal of Family Business Management, 5 (2), 157-181. 10.1108/JFBM-04-2015-0018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Torsten Schmidts
  • Shi, H. X., Shepherd, D. M., & Schmidts, T. (2015). Social capital in entrepreneurial family businesses: the role of trust. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 21 (6), 814-841. 10.1108/IJEBR-04-2015-0090
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Torsten Schmidts
  • Fong, N., Wolfgramm, R., & Shepherd, D. (2015). Ecopreneurs as change agents: Motivations and opportunities for sustainability. Paper presented at 29th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Queenstown. 2 December - 4 December 2015.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rachel Wolfgramm
  • Schmidts, T., & Shepherd, D. (2015). Examining social capital from an embeddedness perspective: Evidence from the New Zealand wine industry. Paper presented at International Family Enterprise Research Academy 2015 Annual Conference (IFERA 2015), Hamburg. 30 June - 3 July 2015.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Torsten Schmidts
  • Shepherd, D., & Woods, C. (2014). Academic entrepreneurship: Exploring resistive tension. In A. C. Corbett, D. S. Siegel, J. A. Katz (Eds.) Academic entrepreneurship: Creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem (pp. 67-96). Bingley, UK: Emerald. 10.1108/S1074-754020140000016002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Woods

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Primary location

OWEN G GLENN BUILDING - Bldg 260
Level 3, Room 358
12 GRAFTON RD
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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