Dr Ann Hutchison

BA(Hons) in Psychology, PhD, PGDipBusAdmin


After building a career in human resource management Ann discovered academia in her early thirties and became hooked on research.  As a past HR practitioner her research has a practical bent, aimed at serving the HR profession. Her research focuses on some core areas of HR delivery: recruitment and selection, staff development, reward and performance management, with a particular context of interest: senior executives. A good deal of her writing focuses on how senior executives can best be selected, developed and rewarded, and she is always looking for people to partner with on this topic - whether that be other academics or HR people within organisations who want to commission a particular piece of research.  She is also particularly interested in supervising masters or PhD students who wish to conduct research on the senior-executive context.

Research | Current

Current research projects:

-- The senior executive's role in innovation

-- HRM practices in New Zealand: the gaps between theory and practice 

-- Personality and performance at the senior-executive level

-- Cultural intelligence as a predictor of engagement and performance

Teaching | Current

MGMT304, Managing People, Semester 1, 2019

Postgraduate supervision

Past PhD supervisions:

Tago Mharapara: Evaluating models of follower attitudes and performance: Leader effectiveness and ineffectiveness behaviours (with Helena Cooper-Thomas)

Gayani Hewegama: Human Resource Management and Service Recovery in the Hospitality Sector (with Peter Boxall)

Deepika Jindal: Job crafting, autonomy and work engagement (with Peter Boxall)

Past masters topics include: 'The influence of organisational socialisation tactics on employee engagement' (Supriya Siddiqui), 'Behaviours necessary for innovation within a professional services firm' (Emma Gordon), 'The theory-practice gap in performance-management in New Zealand' (Menglong Huo), and 'Senior-executives' attitudes towards their own performance-measurement systems' (Yashan Zhang).



2008 Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, Postgraduate scholarship for the University of Auckland
2007 Exposure07, The University of Auckland’s postgraduate research exposition, Third-equal prize in the oral presentation category
2007 The University of Auckland Business School PhD Conference, Best presentation prize
2007 The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship


Areas of expertise

Human resource management practices -- In particular, selection, development, performance management and reward. Senior executive job performance and its predictors. Personality and workplace outcomes. Narcissism and psychopathy in the workplace. Quantitative research techniques. HRM and innovation.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) Academic Branch Committee;  Postgraduate Committee, Department of Management and International Business

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hutchison, A. M., & Huo, M. (2017). Performance management in New Zealand: Human resource practitioners’, managers’, and employees’ perspectives. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 17 (1), 94-111.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39708
  • Plester, B., & Hutchison, A. (2016). Fun times: The relationship between fun and workplace engagement. Employee Relations, 38 (3), 332-350. 10.1108/ER-03-2014-0027
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42877
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Barbara Plester
  • Boxall, P., Hutchison, A., & Wassenaar, B. (2015). How do high-involvement work processes influence employee outcomes? An examination of the mediating roles of skill utilisation and intrinsic motivation. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (13), 1737-1752. 10.1080/09585192.2014.962070
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40720
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Boxall
  • Hutchison, A. M., & Donnelly, N. (2014). Human Resource Management in New Zealand. In A. Varma, P. S. Budwhar (Eds.) Managing Human Resources in Asia-Pacific. London: Routledge.
  • Hutchison, A. M., & Boxall, P. F. (2014). The critical challenges facing New Zealand's chief executives: Implications for management skills. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 52 (1), 23-41. 10.1111/1744-7941.12020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Boxall
  • Hutchison, A., Burch, G., & Boxall, P. F. (2013). Reinforcement sensitivity theory as a predictor of senior-executive performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 55 (8), 931-935. 10.1016/j.paid.2013.07.470
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Boxall
  • Hutchison, A. M., & Burch, G. (2011). Senior-executive performance: Interrater reliability and rater effects in multi-source ratings. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 49 (4), 425-439. 10.1177/1038411111423187
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17814

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 473
New Zealand