Business School


Named chairs

The Business School has in place Named Chairs who have strong links with industry and who work to build on existing disciplinary strengths and expand into new areas of development.

As well as providing outstanding academic and intellectual leadership, named Chair-holders are intimately involved with the development of the research agenda, curriculum, course design and teaching programmes. They unite leading-edge research and teaching in cross-disciplinary areas, and are involved in building strong working relationships with the public sector and business communities.

Energy Education Trust Chair in Energy and Resource Economics


Professor Basil Sharp, the Energy Education Trust Chair in Energy and Resource Economics, is internationally-recognised for his work in fisheries economics and management, the management, allocation and governance of water rights, and contemporary energy and resource issues. Given the applied nature and relevance of his work to public policy, he has a continuing involvement with industry, iwi and government agencies. Professor Sharp is also Head of the Department of Economics and Director of the Energy Centre, which is funded by the Energy Education Trust of New Zealand.

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Fletcher Building Education Trust Chair in Leadership


Kevin B Lowe is the Fletcher Building Education Trust Chair in Leadership and Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Management. Before joining the University of Auckland Business School, Professor Lowe was the Burlington Industries Research Excellence Professor in the Bryan School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Professor Lowe's research focuses on leadership, cross cultural management and diversity management. He is an Associate Editor at The Leadership Quarterly and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies and the Journal of World Business.

Professor Lowe holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University.

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Matthew S Abel Chair in Macroeconomics


Professor Robert MacCulloch is the Matthew S Abel Chair in Macroeconomics at the Graduate School of Management. He received a degree in mathematics and MCom from the University of Auckland before completing a DPhil in Economics at Oxford University.

He then pursued research interests at the University of Bonn, the London School of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy at Princeton University before joining the Imperial College’s Business School as a Professor of Economics, where he was also director of the doctoral programme. Professor MacCulloch has worked for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, implementing their inflation targeting regime.

His research interests include the areas of political economy and behavioural economics.

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Ports of Auckland Chair in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


The Ports of Auckland Chair in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Professor Tava Olsen, was previously Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management at the Olin Business School at Washington University in the United States. A widely published researcher, she is also Academic Director of the New Zealand Centre for Supply Chain Management.

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