Dr Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm

DPhil in Management, PGDip of Business in Management and BCom in International Business.


Rachel takes an interdiscplinary approach in analysis and understanding social activity. Her primary research focus is economies of wellbeing.

Research Projects

Principal Investigator: Promoting effective Māori leadership and decision making for prosperous economies of wellbeing (2016-2019) Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Whai Rawa Theme

Principal: Sustainability in lifestyle consumption:  Faculty Development Research Fund 

Principal: Status and Sustainability in Consumption: Faculty Development Research Fund 

Awardee: UNGlobal Compact PRME (PDW) Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management, Vancouver: Te Whare Kura Funding (TRI UoA) 

Associate Investigator Marsden Funded Project (Glamour and Grind; New Creative workers in the film industry: Māori perspectives with Dr Ella Henry) Principal Investigators: Associate Professor
Deborah Jones, Professor Judith Pringle

Invited Participant: International Writing Retreats Series: Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, Centre of Research Excellence (CORE) 

Principal: UoA representative: World University Network (WUN) Bridging health promotion and Sustainability science: Transition to the green economy: Professor Maurice Mittelmark (Head, Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Bergen, Norway)  

Ph.D (Continuity and vitality of worldviews in organisation culture: towards a Māori perspective) 

Research Associate: Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development 

Research Assistant: Māori Governance in Tertiary Institutions (Tertiary Education Commission) 

Research Assistant: James Henare Research Centre, Māori Sustainable Development (Foundation Research Science and Technology, FORST) 

Research | Current

Journal articles published

Wolfgramm, R (2016). Honoring the past, present and future. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Volume 2016, Number 62 , pp. 14-19(6), Greenleaf Publishing

Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C., & Voyageur, C. (2016). Indigenous Leadership Special Issue (Editors Commentary). Leadership. SAGE . Vol. 12(3) 263–269. DOI: 10.1177/1742715016646930

Henry, E., Wolfgramm, R. (2015). Relational leadership: an indigenous Māori perspective. Leadership. SAGE.

Wolfgramm, R., Flynn-Coleman, S., & Conroy, D. (2013). Dynamic Interactions of Agency in Leadership (DIAL): An Integrative Framework for Analyzing Agency in Sustainability Leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-14. 10.1007/s10551-013-19777

Wolfgramm, R, Conroy, D.M (2011). “Status and Sustainable Consumption in Life Style Events, conspicuous to conscious consumption” International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability Vol 7 (2) pp 301-312. Common Ground.

Wolfgramm, R (2008) Creativity and Institutional Innovation in intercultural research, MAI Review, Issue 3, pp169-182, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, National Centre for Research Excellence for Māori Development, Aotearoa, New Zealand 

Journal articles in progress

Vu, M. C., Wolfgramm, R., &  Spiller, C. (2016). Organizational mindfulness and mindlessness: the art of non-attachment in Buddhist skillful means

Sahi, K, Wolfgramm, R (2016) Agentic expressions of sustainability leadership; investigating the efficacy of sustainability awards

Wolfgramm, R, Conroy D, Flynn-Coleman S & Houkamau, C (2016). Saying I do, new dimensions of liminal identity, Human Relation

Books Published

Spiller, C & Wolfgramm, R (2015). Indigenous spirituality at work, transforming the spirit of enterprise, A volume in Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research and Application, Louis W. Fry, Series Editor,  International Age Publishers ,Charlotte, NC, USA 

 Book Chapters Published

Wolfgramm, R & Henry, E (2015). Wahine Toa, Māori women warrior leaders in the screen industry, in Women and Leadership around the world, Eds. Madsen and Longman, International Leadership Association, Information Age Publishing 

Spiller, C & Wolfgramm, R (2015) Integrating Indigenous Spiritualities at work; reflections and future directions in “Indigenous Spiritualities at work” Eds. Spiller & Wolfgramm, Information Age Publishing, USA

Wolfgramm, R & Waetford, C (2015) Interpreting god narratives as a spiritual resource;  in “Indigenous Spiritualities at work” Eds. Spiller & Wolfgramm, Information Age Publishing, USA 

Pringle, J, Wolfgramm R & Henry E (2010) Expanding Diversity research through crossethnic research partnerships, in Working for Inclusion and Diversity: Positive Experiences from Academics across the world: Eds: Katila, S, Merilainen, S and Tiernari, J, Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom

Pringle, J, Wolfgramm R (2004) Gender and ethnicity in women’s businesses in New Zealand, in International Handbook of Women in small business entrepreneurship, Eds: Fielden, S and Davidson, M,  Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom 

 Doctoral dissertation 

Wolfgramm, R (2007) Continuity and vitality of worldview(s) in organisation culture, towards a Māori perspective, Management, University of Auckland, New Zealand  


Teaching | Current

Positions Held:

From To Institution Position Held
2009 Present The University of Auckland Senior Lecturer, Management and International Business
2004 2008 The University of Auckland Lecturer, Te Whakahaere Huanga Māori, Graduate School of Management, Business Culture Society 
2001 2004 The University of Auckland Lecturer, Organisation Behaviour


2015 Bus151G Intercultural Communication
2014 Bus151G Intercultural Communication
2014 MGMT 737 Sustainability
2013 MGMT 737 Sustainability
2012 MGMT 737 Sustainability
2011 MGMT 331 Business Ethics
2011 MGMT 737 Sustainability
2010 MGMT 231 Business in Society
2009 MGMT 332 Business, Society and Culture


Postgraduate supervision

Food security and Food sovereignty (PhD)

Interpretations of Bhuddhist Philosophy in Business Leadership (PhD)

Spirituality at work (PhD)

A critical approach to diversity (MCom)

Sustainability Awards; inspiring leadership in business  (MCom)

Ecopreneurship (MCom)

New Patterns of sustainable consumption (BComHons)

Sustainability in the fashion industry (MCom)

Māori tribal development (MCom)

Spiritual capital (BcomHons)

Organization citizenship and spiritual efficacy (BComHons)

Spirituality and team efficacy at work (BComHons)

Emotional intelligence and leadership (BComHons)



  • 2010 Vice Chancellor Strategic Development Fund
  • 2008 Te Amorangi National Māori Academic Excellence, 2007


Editorial contributions

Editor, Leadership (SAGE) Special Issues Indigenous Leadership

Special Editor: Journal of Management and Organisation

Associate Editor: Journal of Information Communication Ethics and Sustainability – Special Edition

Editorial Team Member: Alternative, International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 



Journal of Management Education, Special Issue, Indigenous Education

Academy of Management (USA), speciality stream, Management, Spirituality and Religion 

Academy of Management International Carolyn Dexter Awards

Australia New Zealand Academy of Management; Specialist editor: Spirituality, Organisation

Behaviour and Indigenous Development

IFSAM Review Committee 

ILA International Leadership Association

European Group Organization Studies

British Academy of Management 

Areas of expertise


Maori and Indigenous leadership and resilience

Sustainability Leadership

Economies of wellbeing

Identity and Sensemaking 





Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Co-Editor, Special Issue, Leadership, 2016
  • Associate Editor Journal of Information Communication Ethics and Sustainability – Special Edition, 2008
  • Co-chair Universitas 21 Sustainability Project
  • Director, Tuakana Navigating Futures Programme, University of Auckland Business School 2010,2011
  • Member, United Nations Habitat University Partnership Steering Committee
  • Member and key contact, SRG, Sustainability Research Group, Business School
  • Member of the Business School Arts and Sculpture Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C., & Voyageur, C. (2016). Special issue: Indigenous leadership – Editors’ introduction. Leadership, 12 (3), 263-269. 10.1177/1742715016646930
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32888
  • Wolfgramm, R., Flynn-Coleman, S., & Conroy, D. (2015). Dynamic interactions of agency in leadership (DIAL): An integrative framework for analysing agency in sustainable leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 126 (4), 649-662. 10.1007/s10551-013-1977-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Denise Conroy

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 467
New Zealand