Group members

Meet our Growing New Zealand Businesses (GNZB) group members and learn more about their research programmes. Links to staff directory or personal profile pages have been provided where available.

Principal Investigator


Professor D Hugh Whittaker
Head of Department, Management and International Business; NZ Asia Institute
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • Comparative entrepreneurship; entrepreneurs and their institutional and social environments.
  • Governance and motivational mechanisms in small businesses.
  • Owner-manager aspirations and business development.
  • Business engagement with Asia.
  • Compressed development in East Asia.

Advisers


Professor Wendell Dunn
Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • University- and CRI-sourced intellectual property as an SME growth factor.
  • Challenges in management education programme development for SME principals.

Professor Kenneth Simmonds
Visit the London Business School website for Kenneth's staff profile

Research programmes:

  • Global strategy and international business management.
  • Strategic marketing.
  • Strategic management accounting.
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Lead researchers


Dr Benjamin Fath
Project Manager
New Zealand Asia Institute

Research programmes:

  • Entrepreneurship and markets.
  • Economic growth and innovation.
  • SME internationalisation.
  • Business engagement with Asia.

Dr Antje Fiedler
Project Manager
New Zealand Asia Institute

Research programmes:

  • Diversity of capitalism.
  • Innovations and economic growth.
  • Organisational learning.
  • Business engagement with Asia.

Glenn Simmons
PhD student
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • Influence of entrepreneurial-management capabilities on value-added activities in fisheries businesses.
  • Dynamics of value creation, delivering, and capturing in the fisheries industry.
  • Value chain analysis.
  • Business engagement with Asia.
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Research Assistants


Laura Browne
Undergraduate student (BCom/LLB in International Business and Economics)
The University of Auckland Business School

Research interests:

  • Business engagement with Asia.
  • Tableau data visualisations.
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Other researchers


Fern Evitt
PhD student
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • Modelling best practice in functional innovation management systems.
  • Innovation sphere of influence: relationship to managing degrees of innovation.
  • External collaboration activities: Influence of open innovation and interorganisational networks on innovation processes.

Manjo Oyson
PhD student
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • Opportunity-based approach in international entrepreneurship.
  • The use of entrepreneurial cognitive construction (creative imagination and enacted visioning) in opportunity cognition and exploitation in internationalisation.
  • International entrepreneurship.

Henry Shi
PhD student
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • Family business conceptualisation: notion of "familiness".
  • Entrepreneurship in family business: impact of family attributes on entrepreneurial processes.
  • New Zealand business engagement with Asia, especially China.

Paul Woodfield
Research Fellow
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • Dynamics of family businesses.
  • Entrepreneurship in family business.
  • The intergenerational succession process.

Dr Christine Woods
Associate Professor
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • Entrepreneurial behaviour and dynamics of family businesses.
  • Social entrepreneurship.
  • Māori entrepreneurship.

Daniel Vidal
Adjunct Associate Professor
The University of Auckland Business School

Research programmes:

  • Strategy-making processes and entrepreneurial orientation of eco-tourism and adventure tourism SMEs.
  • Industrial cluster theory and models.
  • Inter-firm cooperation and network-level strategy in tourism destinations.
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Support


Dinah Towle
Office Manager
New Zealand Asia Institute

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