Dr Chellie Margaret Spiller

PhD (Management and International Business), MA (International Relations)


Dr Chellie Spiller, of Māori and Pākehā lineage, is an associate professor and Associate Dean (Māori and Pacific) at the University of Auckland Business School. She has over 30 years of corporate experience in tourism, finance and marketing, holding senior executive positions in New Zealand and abroad, and brings this experience to her academic work and leadership and management development programmes. Her research explores how Māori and indigenous businesses create authentic and sustainable wealth and wellbeing.

Chellie was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Arizona between November 2011 and March 2012. She is a recipient of a 2011 Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award, 2011 National Māori Academic Excellence Award, and 2010 AuSM Best Lecturer Award, AUT University. In 2013 she released a co-edited book with Professor Donna Ladkin titled Reflections on Authentic Leadership: Concepts, Coalescences and Clashes published by Edward Elgar Press, which was nominated in the top ten leadership books of 2013 (University of San Diego Outstanding Leadership Book Awards).

Chellie is a co-author of a book on traditional Polynesian navigation Wayfinding Leadership: Groundbreaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders (2015) with Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and John Panoho. She is a co-editor of Indigenous spiritualties at work: Transforming the spirit of business enterprise (2015) with Dr Rachel Wolfgramm and a co-editor of two special issues: “Intellectual Shamans, Wayfinders, Edgewalkers, Difference Makers, Social Entrepreneurs, and Other Change Makers” for the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and “Indigenous leadership” for Leadership.

Research | Current

Research interests:

Value-capture, Sustainability, Transformatonal economics, Wisdom in Organisations, Ethics, Relational Wellbeing and Wealth, Authentic Leadership, Māori and Indigenous modes of business.

Teaching | Current


2011 BUS101/102 Business and Enterprise
2011-2012 HRM704 Managing Change in Organisations
2012-2017 MAORIDEV731 Huanga Māori graduate programme, UABS
2013-2014 MGMT731 Organisation Dynamics
2012-2016 BUS705 Qualitative Research Methods
2013-2014 MGMT711 Advanced Strategic HRM


Postgraduate supervision

PhD Dara Kelly - Gift exchange ecomomies.

PhD Amber Nicholson - Arohia te karanga o te hiringa: Heeding the call of energy.

PhD Frank Xiang Yan - Human Resource Management in Human Resource Management in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in China: An Examination of Turnover.


2015 Early Career Research Excellence Award, University of Auckland

Top ten leadership book of 2013. Reflections on Authentic Leadership: Concepts, Coalescences and Clashes has been selected as one of ten finalists, from over 100submissions, for the University of San Diego’s prestigious Outstanding Leadership Book Award 2014.

2011 Best Reviewer: Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management
2011 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award - Harvard University and the University of Arizona
2011 Beta Gamma Sigma
2011 Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award
2011 National Māori Academic Excellence Award

Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings Award. Award in recognition of top 10% Academy of Management annual conference papers and published in the conference proceedings

2010 AuSM Best Lecturer Award – Te Ara Poutama, AUT University.
2010 Leadership New Zealand Scholarship
2009 Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, MAI Doctoral Scholarship
2009 Te Wheke a Toi Post-Doctoral Fellow Scholarship
2005 Inaugural Paul Kelly Scholar, University of Auckland



Associate Dean Māori and Pacific

Board member Graduate School of Management

Academic Director for the Huanga Maori PGDipBusAdmin (MaoriDev)

Areas of expertise

Wayfinding and Leadership, Managing Change, Strategic HRM, Maori Development and Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Organisation Dynamics, Qualitative Research Methods

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Academy of Management

Fulbright New Zealand

Indigenous Caucus Academy of Management

International Leadership Association

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ladkin, D., Spiller, C., & Craze, G. (2017). The journey of individuation: A Jungian alternative to the theory and practice of leading authentically. Leadership, 174271501668194-174271501668194. 10.1177/1742715016681942
  • Spiller, C., Barclay-Kerr, H., & Panoho, J. (2015). Wayfinding Leadership: Groundbreaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders. Wellington, NZ: Huia Publications. Pages: 250.
  • Spiller, M. M., & Wolfgramm, R. (Eds.) (2015). Indigenous spiritualities at work: Transforming the spirit of business enterprise. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Pages: 330.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rachel Wolfgramm
  • Spiller, C., & Bhowmick, S. (2014). Whale Watch Kaikoura -- New Zealand. In J. Hayton, C. Salvato, M. Manimala (Eds.) Global entrepreneurship: Case studies of entrepreneurial firms operating around the world. New York: Routledge. Related URL.
  • Ladkin, D., & Spiller, C. (Eds.) (2013). Authentic Leadership: Clashes, Convergences and Coalescences. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Press. Pages: 352.
  • Spiller, C., & Stockdale, M. (2013). Managing and leading from a Maori perspective: Bringing new life and energy to organisations. In J. Neal (Ed.) Handbook of faith and spirituality in the workplace: emerging research and practice (pp. 149-173). New York: Springer Publishing Company. 10.1007/978-1-4614-5233-1_11
  • Ladkin, D., & Spiller, C. (2013). Introduction: authentic leadership: clashes, convergences and coalescences. In C. Spiller, D. Ladkin (Eds.) Authentic Leadership: Clashes, Convergences and Coalescences (pp. 1-18). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Spiller, M. M. (2012). Wayfinding in Strategy Research. In C. L. Wang, D. J. Ketchen, D. D. Bergh (Eds.) West Meets East: Building Theoretical Bridges (pp. 61-90). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Insight. 10.1108/S1479-8387(2012)0000008006

Contact details

Primary location

Level 4, Room 463
New Zealand

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