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Abbe Hyde

“I knew immediately that Management was for me, and the more I learned about it the more I liked it."

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Aleisha Lord

“Economics has definitely been a subject that has allowed me to develop skills such as mathematics and econometrics, and then apply those skills to particular areas of interest."

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Allie Buczkowski

“At school I loved business and art. Marketing gave me the best balance between the two."


Amelia Bell

“It puts a different lens on everything. It’s more a way of thinking than just memorising information. That’s what I love.”

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Andrew Hagan - "Breaking stereotypes"

A career in sports medicine beckoned Andrew Hagan down to Dunedin but little did he know his future would really kick off in finance.

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Angelique Bridson

As a marketing executive for New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing, Angelique Bridson's role is to promote the New Zealand thoroughbred and its supporting industry...


Anita Jelley

The winner of the 2005 inaugural L'Oreal Scholarship couldn't be more suited to the award.

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Anna Guthrie

Sapere Aude - Dare to be Wise. Anna Guthrie has taken the University of Otago motto very seriously during her studies.


Are investors better off when investing with “superstar” fund managers?

You may think that when a fund manager wins a performance award, the investment fund they manage would fare even better, but University of Otago Business School Accountancy and Finance researcher Eric Tan has found this isn’t necessarily the case.

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Ben Lawrie

After Ben Lawrie left school he spent three years learning about the world.

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Brian Casey

"I had an excellent experience and have graduated with two fantastic degrees which really fit well together."

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Chan Won Lee

Chan Won Lee is studying for a Master of Business Data Science at the University of Otago.

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Chris Ellis

Chris didn’t just learn technical knowledge—he learned how to interrogate financial information and understand the strategic impacts of accounting.

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Claire Gordon

The DipGrad is proving to be an ideal way for Claire Gordon to gain the specialised study she needs to achieve her professional goals.

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Claire Murray

Now an Auckland-based hotshot, Claire Murray remembers her Otago days fondly.

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Damian Kearns

“During my time at Otago, I’ve been able to travel to 17 countries and learn a lot about various tourism industries and economies.”

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Dan Farhat

“A lot of students think economics is just crunching numbers and solving equations to find prices and quantities. But it’s really all about human behaviour and decisions."


David Timothy Duval

I've always operated on the idea that if I'm not having fun teaching, students aren't having much fun learning.

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Debbie Corson

As an Analyst for Deloitte in Auckland Debbie Corson prepares annual financial accounts for a range of small and medium sized businesses and trusts, including management accounts for a large charitable Auckland organisation.

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Debbie Sawers

 For Debbie Sawers a long and proud family history of studying at Otago meant leaving the Hawke’s Bay to study in Dunedin was as straight forward as picking which subject to major in.


Developing international markets

Just how do entrepreneurs make decisions about entering international markets? And what can we learn from New Zealand’s most successful high tech exporters?


Diane Ruwhiu

It's a long way from her initial career in the Royal New Zealand Airforce where she worked in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

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Dr Damien Mather

The path to becoming a senior lecturer is not always through academia. Damien has a background broader than most.

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Dr Kirsten Robertson

A background in social psychology gives Kirsten Robertson an edge when it comes to researching and teaching marketing…

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Dr Leah Watkins

“There’s little research on the implications of very young children being targeted as consumers."

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Dr Shelagh Ferguson

“It’s perfect to be part of a prestigious University and still be able to climb a 2000 metre peak at the weekend – there are not many places where you can do that.”

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Dr Tony Garry

How much is marketing about what is being bought and sold, and how much is it about the people involved in the transactions?

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Economic vampires

By building artificial societies Dr Dan Farhat can explore labour market outcomes – and communities plagued by “vampires”.

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Emily Mason

Emily Mason wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she started at Otago.


Emma Johns

Emma Johns believes a BCom in information Science gives student much scope and room to move - something that helped her secure a job as a Business Consultant at Deloitte

Associate Professor Brent Lovelock

Enjoying the outdoors

Society may have to rethink ways of encouraging children into enjoying the outdoors.


Entrepreneurial skills just as important for restaurant owners as serving good food

A study by University of Otago Business School tourism researcher Dr Craig Lee has pinpointed success factors that have shaped some of the top-performing, independent restaurants in Australia.

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Estelle Sun

At the age of 17 Estelle Sun’s parents proposed the idea of sending her overseas for her higher education. Estelle eagerly packed her bags and left China destined for New Zealand.

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Fiona Edgar

When teaching topics such as human resource management, how better to practise what you preach than with the students themselves?

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Fiona Woodfield

Taking a Bachelor of Commerce in international business and economics, with a minor in Spanish, has taken Fiona Woodfield around the world.

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Gerard Graham

As a Finance Business Partner for BNZ, Gerard Graham supports business units to meet their financial plans and prepare for the future.

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Guarav Ganve

When Gaurav Ganve first discovered the concepts of ‘big data’ and ‘analytics’, he reckoned data mining and machine learning could generate some of the most exciting career opportunities of the 21st century.

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Herman Visagie

Otago gives you a solid background, so keep your eyes and ears open and opportunities will present themselves.

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Hobert Sasa

Hobert Sasa says he has "a strong sense of belonging here". The lecturers, he says, are "awesome" - and the University's Pacific Islands Centre is his "second home".


How to capture more value from increased tourism?

One solution is matching what we have to offer with what the visitor understands; by improving the experience of the tourist, they are then encouraged to lengthen their stay.


Jack Keogh

Jack has used his Entrepreneurship learning to develop a model for marae-based teaching.

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Jennifer Macindoe

"The skills I learned in the first three years – research, writing, critiquing, always working to deadline... "

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Jo McGilchrist

When she set out to study a Bachelor of Commerce, Jo McGilchrist never thought she'd end up majoring in economics, nor did she think she would do honours. But after studying an array of subjects, she's certain that economics was the right choice.

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Josh Jenkins

Josh is spearheading Dunedin’s bid to win the Gigatown contest for fastest internet in the southern hemisphere.


Kim Dewe

Otago’s probably the best university for combining study with having an actual life.

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Koro Dickinson

"My links with my whanau, tribe and the University of Otago will always remain strong."

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Kyle Weir

Some people wondered why Kyle Weir was combining Marketing and Geography degrees; perhaps not the most common pair of major subjects.


Lean thinking applications in the health and the not-for-profit sectors

Lean thinking is a business improvement approach aimed at removing the activities within key organisational processes which don’t add value, and has enormous potential in helping organisations deliver more effective and timely customer service.


Line managers influence wellness of staff

Many organisations assume their HRM policies work and deliver optimum staff performance and therefore productivity to their true is this?

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Nathan Rose

Nathan Rose jokes that he gained a “poker degree” at Otago, with majors in Finance and Psychology.


Outdoor outlooks

Thompson, co-director of the Centre for Recreation Research, says policy-makers are not always giving enough consideration to the diversity of cultural preferences for the outdoors.

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Paul Chong

"Business studies gives a really good career base. You do a bit of everything in a BCom."


Paul Hansen

Lecturer Paul Hansen lives halfway between the beach and the University - perfect for a guy whose love of surfing is rivalled only by his passion for Economics.

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Philippa McNulty

Few 14-year-olds have an interest in accountancy, but then again few can boast a top-shelf London lifestyle by the time they reach their mid-20s.

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Rachel Piper

Studying at Otago was a pivotal step for a young girl from Invercargill in becoming a partner in the multinational professional services firm…

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Richard Henry

"That was the 'light bulb moment' – I knew there was a gap in the market"

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Robyn McLean

"In Information Science you're looking at business rules and how to match them through information systems."

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Sam Trethewey

Originally from Christchurch, Sam Trethewey decided to study at Otago after hearing good things about the Otago Department of Finance and even better things about the Otago lifestyle.

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Sara Walton

“Some of the ways global business is taking sustainability seriously is fascinating and quite inspiring.”

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Sarah Borrie

Sarah Borrie was keen to gain a qualification with an international outlook, but she didn't expect her studies to take her around the world before she'd even graduated.

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Sarah Meldrum

"I’m so pleased I settled on Information Science because it offers the best of both worlds, combining business and technology in the one degree."

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Scott Cardwell

Scott says that Otago has a huge amount to offer people who want to succeed in the business world.

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Shopping strategies

The healthiest food choices are not always the easiest ones to make, says Dr Ninya Maubach, of the University of Otago’s Department of Marketing.

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Software studies

Dr Sherlock Licorish (Information Science) studies software systems and the people who develop them, to try to reduce the incidence of failures – such as the notorious Novopay payroll system for New Zealand schools.

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Tessa Cameron

For Tessa Cameron a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance and economics helped her develop into the entrepreneurial business women she is today.

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Tianyu Ying

Dunedin’s climate is not usually cited as one of the attractions of coming to the University of Otago, but it’s a plus for Tourism lecturer Dr Tianyu Ying.

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Tom Scott

 When Tom Scott graduated from the University of Otago he found himself heading in quite a different direction than he had initially planned.


Tītī traditions

Modern science combines with mātauranga to protect muttonbird harvesting for future generations.

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Warrick Low

"I'm very passionate about tourism and I'm very passionate about beer. So it's come together very nicely."


What constitutes a successful business?

Associare Professor Ben Wooliscroft is keen to change the conversation about what constitutes a successful business.


What drives or hinders the commercialisation of research?

Research is changing, and translating core research into usage in the marketplace and in society is increasingly important.


What is reality really?

Professor Holger Regenbrecht is using augmented reality to challenge the brains of stroke patients to work out what makes reality a reality.


Which charities do you support and why?

Do New Zealanders prefer to support charities with a local or global focus? And what reasons do people give for supporting different types of charity?

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William Marsters

“Put me in a room with anyone,” he says, “and I’ll persuade them to come to Otago.”

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Zak Darby

Brought up in Queenstown, Otago was both geographically attractive and had a strong academic reputation in Zak’s chosen fields of interest: finance and economics.

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