Emeritus Professor Darl Kolb

PhD, Cornell, MA, Colorado, and BSc, Illinois State


Darl is a pioneering theorist on social and technical connectivity and the first Professor of Connectivity in the world. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney and the University of Cambridge. 

In 2020, Darl was the lead Guest Editor of a Special Issue on 'Connectivity In and Around Organizations' in Organization Studies (Volume 41 Issue 12, December 2020) and lead author of the introduction, 'Connectivity in and around Organizations: Waves, tensions and trade-offs.'

He continues to serve as an Academic Facilitator for business growth and export programmes at the ICEHOUSE. He has co-authored and edited a popular book on business growth, called Gearing Up: Leading your Kiwi business into the future (Auckland University Press, 2020).

Special Interests:

Making sense of experience in a digital world.



Research | Current

Research Interests:

Making sense of a digital age.


Teaching | Current

Positions Held:

FromToInstitutionPosition Held


 2013           2020          Graduate School of Management                                               Professor of Connectivity

2007 2013 Management & International Business Assoc. Professor
2012 2012 University of Cambridge Visiting Fellow
1997 2006 University of Auckland Senior Lecturer
1992 1996 University of Auckland Lecturer
1989 1991 Cornell University Research Associate
1982 1988 Santa Fe Mountain Center Project Director
1981 1982 Colorado Outward Bound School Instructor



2013-2019 BUSMGT 711 Managing People and Organisations


Postgraduate supervision

7 PhDs supervised to completion.



  • 2021 Professor Emeritus
  • 2013 Professor of Connectivity
  • 2012 Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2010 Dean's Award for Teaching Collaboration
  • 2005 Dean's Award for Excellence as Editor of the UABR
  • 2004 Excellence Award - Distance Education Association of New Zealand
  • 1998 MBA Teacher of the Year
  • 1994 MBA Teacher of the Year
  • 1994 University of Auckland Distinguished Teaching Award


Graduate Research Supervision, Executive Education and Business Growth.

Areas of expertise

Sociomaterial connectivity in and around organisations. Cyber-sociology associated with distributed work, ubiquitous networks and hyper-connectivity (communications overload).

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member-Academy of Management
  • Member-Australia New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Member-European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
  • Member-International Sociology Association (ISA)
  • University of Auckland Business Review Editorial Board

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Kolb, D. G., Dery, K., & Huysman, M. (2014). Co-convenor: Sub-theme 44: Connectivity and mobility: Organizational control meets disruptive technologies. Paper presented at 30th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Rotterdam. 3 July - 5 July 2014. Related URL.
  • Dery, K., Kolb, D. G., & MacCormick, J. (2014). Working with flow: The evolving practice of smartphone technologies. European Journal of Information Systems, 23 (5), 558-570. 10.1057/ejis.2014.13
  • Kolb, D. G. (2013). Virtually there: The paradox of proximity. In R. L. Morrison, H. D. Cooper-Thomas (Eds.) Relationships in Organizations: A work psychology perspective (pp. 171-192). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Breidbach, C., Kolb, D. G., & Srinivasan, A. (2013). Connectivity in Service Systems: Does Technology-Enablement Impact the Ability of a Service System to Co-Create Value?. Journal of Service Research, 16 (3), 428-441. 10.1177/1094670512470869
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ananth Srinivasan
  • MacCormick, J. S., Dery, K., & Kolb, D. G. (2012). Engaged or just connected? Smartphones and employee engagement. Organizational Dynamics, 41 (3), 194-201. 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2012.03.007
  • Kolb, D. G., Prussia, G., & Francoeur, J. (2009). Connectivity and leadership: The influence of online activity on closeness and effectiveness. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 15 (4), 342-352. 10.1177/1548051809331503
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17166
  • Kolb, D. G., Collins, P. D., & Lind, E. A. (2008). Requisite connectivity: Finding flow in a not-so-flat world. Organizational Dynamics, 37 (2), 181-189. 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2008.02.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17163
  • Kolb, D. G. (2008). Exploring the metaphor of connectivity: Attributes, dimensions and duality. ORGANIZATION STUDIES, 29 (1), 127-144. 10.1177/0170840607084574


Contact details

Alternative contact


+64 21 043 0812

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 341
New Zealand

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