Dr Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm

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


Rachel  is chiefly involved in scholarly/policy and applied research, investigating how societies are creating new relational ecologies in order to engage more directly with issues impacting the global commons. Rachel is currently NZ Principal Investigator on a US Global Fulbright project with Dr Isabel Hawkins, and  Lead Principal Investigator on a Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Whai Rawa project examining Māori leadership and economies of wellbeing. Her publications typically aim to advance knowledge on how businesses and organizations are providing leadership through scaling up pro-social and pro-environmental outcomes via innovation.  She extends theorising in social ecological systems, and affirms the dynamics of idigenous ecological knowledge.  In application, her work offers valuable insights that are used to harness social and cultural innovation to advance resilience and economies of well-being.

Rachel is of Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto, Te Whakatohea, Tongan, German, English, Scottish and Irish descent. As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School, she teaches undergraduate courses in intercultural communication and postgraduate courses in Sustainability and Business. Her doctoral, masters and honours supervisions focus on topics relating to sustainability, leadership, distributive innovation, food security and food sovereignty, Māori and indigenous leadership and business ethics.

NZ Co-Principal Investigator: US Global Fulbright with Dr Isabel Hawkins: The Pleiades in Polynesia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes: Cross-Cultural Connections and the Science of Ancestral Timekeeping: (2018-2020)

Lead Principal Investigator: Nga Pae o te Maramatanga New Zealand Centre for Māori Research Excellence: Promoting effective Māori leadership and decision making for prosperous economies of wellbeing (2016-2019) Whai Rawa

Lead Principal InvestigatorFaculty Development Research Fund ​Sustainability in lifestyle consumption:  

Lead Principal InvestigatorFaculty Development Research Fund  Status and Sustainability in Consumption

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

Associate Investigator: Royal Marsden Fund (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: Nga Pae o te Maramatanga International Writing Retreats Series: Centre of Research Excellence (CORE) 

Principal: World University Network (WUN) UoA Representative: 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: Management , UoA. (Continuity and vitality of worldviews in organisation culture: towards a Māori perspective) 

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

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

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


Research | Current

Journal articles 

Tuazon, G. F., Wolfgramm, R., & Whyte, K. P. (2019). Can You Drink Money? Integrating Organizational Perspective-Taking and Organizational Resilience in a Multi-level Systems Framework for Sustainability Leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-22.

Vu, M. C., Wolfgramm, R., & Spiller, C. (2018). Minding Less; Organizational mindfulness and mindlessness: the art of non-attachment in Buddhist skillful means, Journal of Management Learning

Wolfgramm, R. (2016). Honoring the past, present and future. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Volume 2016, Number 62, pp.

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, Maori and Indigenous Review, Issue 3, pp169-182, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, National Centre for Research Excellence for Māori Development, Aotearoa, New Zealand


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

Wolfgramm, R., & Spiller, C. Calling our Ancestors of Tomorrow (2018) in Nelson, M. (ed). “What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?” Anthology, Chicago University Press.

Spiller, C., Mudford, M., & Wolfgramm, R. (2018). Mana and the Existence of Leadership. In J. Marques (Ed), The Routledge Companion to Management and Workplace Spirituality.

Wolfgramm, R, Spiller, C, Houkamau, C & Henare, M. (2017). Home; resistance, resilience and innovation from a Māori economy perspective in Traditional ecological knowledge and Sustainability. Eds. Nelson& Schilling, Cambridge University Press

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 cross-ethnic 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

Conferences, Symposia, Forums

Wolfgramm, R, Plester, B, Bolden, R, Rolfe, J, Tuazon, G, Sutherland, N (2019) Ghost Leadership, Now you see me, now you don’t; Standing Conference Organization Symbolism SCOS Ghosts, Kings Manor, York University, York UK, (July 8-11, 2019)

Wolfgramm, R. Spiller, C, Henry, E., Pouwhare, R., Reid, N. (2018). Paradigm Warriors, Getting real about collective leadership. International Indigenous Research Conference, Tamaki Makarau. Aotearoa New Zealand.

Wolfgramm, R, Spiller C, Henry, E, Pouwhare, R. (2018) Dynamic and Resilient ecological knowledge in indigenous organization and leadership, 7th Latin American Management and Organization Studies (LAEMOS) “Organizing for Resilience: Scholarship in Unsettled Times”, that will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Gerson, T, Wolfgramm R,M. (2018) Recalibrating Sustainability Leadership integrating perspective taking, World Social Science Forum, Fukuoka, Japan (September 25-29).

Wolfgramm, R, Conroy D, Flynn-Coleman S & Houkamau (2018). To have and to hold; to love and to cherish; transitioning identities and consumer behavior in weddings, Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, (SCOS) Wabi-Sabi, Meiji University, Tokyo (August 15-19, 2018).

Vu, M. C., Wolfgramm, R., & Spiller, C. (2016). Organizational mindfulness and mindlessness: the art of non-attachment in Buddhist skillful means, European Group Organization Studies (EGOS), Universite Fredrico, Naples, Italy, (6-9 July)

Vu, M. C., Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C. & Kriger, M. (2016). Skillful means, right action and mindfulness; a Buddhist approach to creating meaningful organizations. Academy of Management, Anaheim. (6-8 August)

Henry, E., Wolfgramm, R., Pringle, J. & Jones, D. (2015). Indigenous identity and career enactment: the cultural context of Māori in screen production. EGOS Conference, Athens, Greece (4-7 July)








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


2019 GLMI707 Business and Sustainability
2018 RSL Doctoral Supervisions
2017 GLMI707  Business and Sustainability
2017 GenEd151G Intercultural Communication
2016 MGMT 737 Sustainability and Business
2016 GenEd151G Intercultural Communication
2015 MGMT 737 Sustainability and Business

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 Reviewer

Human Relations

Journal of Business Ethics

British Journal of Sociology

Journal of Management and Organization


AlterNative: Journal of Indigenous Studies

MAI: Maori and Indigeous Review

Journal of Management Education, Special Issue, Indigenous Education

Conference Reviewer, Abstract Committees

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 (International Federation of Scholars Academy Management) Review Committee 

ILA International Leadership Association

European Group Organization Studies (EGOS)

British Academy of Management (BAM)

Areas of expertise


Sustainability Leadership 

Sustainable Business Innovations

Economies of Wellbeing

Maori Leadership and Decision Making





Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of the College of Assessors (MBIE, 2016-2020)
  • Monitor and Panel Member NZQA ITP (2011-2016)
  • Co-chair Universitas 21 Sustainability Project
  • 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
  • Director, Tuakana Navigating Futures Programme, University of Auckland Business School 2010,2011
  • Acting Director, Mira Szsazsy Research Centre(2015)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tuazon, G. F., Wolfgramm, R., & Whyte, K. P. (2019). Can You Drink Money? Integrating Organizational Perspective-Taking and Organizational Resilience in a Multi-level Systems Framework for Sustainability Leadership. Journal of Business Ethics10.1007/s10551-019-04219-3
  • Chi Vu, M., Wolfgramm, R., & Spiller, C. (2018). Minding less: Exploring mindfulness and mindlessness in organizations through Skillful Means. Management Learning, 49 (5), 578-594. 10.1177/1350507618794810
  • Henry, E., & Wolfgramm, R. (2018). Relational leadership – An indigenous Māori perspective. Leadership, 14 (2), 203-219. 10.1177/1742715015616282
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42288
  • Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C., & Voyageur, C. (2016). Special issue: Indigenous leadership – Editors’ introduction. Leadership, 12 (3), 263-269. 10.1177/1742715016646930
  • 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. (2016). Honouring the present, past and future. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2016 (62), 14-19. 10.9774/GLEAF.4700.2016.ju.00005
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39135
  • Vu, M. C., Wolfgramm, R. M., Spiller, C., & Kriger, M. P. (2016). Skillful Means, Right Action and Mindfulness. Paper presented at 2016 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, US. 5 August - 9 August 2016. Academy of Management Proceedings. 10.5465/ambpp.2016.13124abstract
  • Wolfgramm, R., & Henry, E. (2015). Reconceptualising relational leadership from a Māori cultural perspective. Paper presented at 17th Annual Global Conference: Leading across borders and generations, Barcelona Conference Centre, Spain. 14 October - 17 October 2015.


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Primary office location

New Zealand

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