PhD Conference winners announced

09 November 2017

The biennial PhD Conference took place at the Business School on Monday 30 October 2017 providing students, staff and industry guests the opportunity to meet and discuss the research being carried out by our PhD students across all departments in the Business School.

The day started with a welcome from Dean of the Business School, Professor Jayne Godfrey, where she focused not only on the importance of research but also on making the most of opportunities offered and taking the time to enjoy them. Following the speech, a panel of graduates spoke to their experiences within the Business School and offered their own unique perspectives on life during and after the PhD.

Presentations by our PhD students took place across four sessions with students at varying stages through their research process. Each presentation was followed by an interactive discussion between staff and students with various topics, such as sustainability, innovation, leadership, employee engagement, venture capital, economics, consumer behaviour, social media, to name but a few.

The day concluded with a presentation from Scott Bishop, Chief Innovation Officer at Z Energy. Scott spoke to the innovative practices Z Energy are adopting to meet a changing industry and continue to provide the best service to their customers.

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the day and a special congratulations to those who won awards.

Best Paper – Sarah Sabbaghan (ISOM): Computer-Adaptive Surveys (CAS) as a Means of Answering Questions of Why

Best Extended Abstract – Claris Yee Seung Chung (ISOM): Sustainable Transformation of Individuals and Families: Design and Implementation of Holistic Personalised Socially-driven Persuasive Systems

Best Poster – Caixia Ivy Gan (MKTG): The Social Construction of Consumer Trust in the Brand

Best Presentation (Confirmed student) - Ramona Zharfpeykan (A&F): Sustainability performance evaluation using sustainability reports

Best Presentation (Provisional student) - Wenwen Zhang (ECON): Impacts of Carbon Tariffs Imposed by the USA on China’s Economy and Carbon Emissions: Analysis Based on a Multi-Sectoral DCGE Model & Frank Yan (MIB): Immigrant Entrepreneurial Enterprises in Aotearoa: A Human Resource Management Perspective


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