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Otago research could inform future cannabis legalisation policies

Thursday, 9 December 2021 3:02pm

University of Otago research has found that perceived safety would be the main facilitator in encouraging people to switch to lawful sources of cannabis, if it were to be made legal in New Zealand.

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Fifth consecutive EQUIS reaccreditation for Otago Business School

Thursday, 2 December 2021 1:41pm

The Otago Business School is proud to announce its fifth consecutive EQUIS reaccreditation!

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Afghan Student's Association a necessity

Monday, 29 November 2021 11:53am

The Afghan Student’s Association (ASA) was founded at the end of 2020 with the intention of creating a community for the local Afghan students.

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Otago research finds solution to gender inequality in senior management

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 3:18pm

New research from the University of Otago has discovered a potential solution to the underrepresentation of women in senior management.

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Otago researchers discover best way to avoid procrastination

Friday, 12 November 2021 11:20am

They say procrastination is the thief of time – actually deadlines are.

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Two of our students are 20Twenties Young Alumni recipients

Thursday, 4 November 2021 4:59pm

Two of Associate Professor Ros Whiting’s students, Maddi Ingham and Cameron Burrow, receive 20Twenty Young Alumni Awards.

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Māori leadership is crucial in Kiwi business

Friday, 29 October 2021 11:52am

Māori leadership is a crucial aspect for the future of any kiwi business. For the Otago School of Business, this is the reason a new programme which aims to develop leadership skills in promising Māori students has been developed.

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Future entrepreneurs showcase their skills

Thursday, 16 September 2021 1:22pm

The latest Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr) class recently handed in their final project to complete their programme studies.

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Otago study highlights income inequality through the ages

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 8:32am

An Otago researcher’s recent study into international differences in income inequality found that many of the very old and very new nations have greater income inequality than those that are of intermediate age.

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Changing consumer habits silver lining from pandemic

Friday, 10 September 2021 3:14pm

One silver lining to come from the pandemic may be how much more mindful we are about money, a new University of Otago report reveals.

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An enterprising mind

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 3:04pm

Advice at a high school international business competition helped Young Enterprise Contributor of the Year winner Anna Campbell towards a career in business. The award recognises the significant contribution Anna has given to business leadership over the last decade.

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Otago survey provides insights into working from home

Monday, 30 August 2021 9:49am

The shift to working from home was relatively easy this lockdown, but some people are not coping as well as others, preliminary results from a University of Otago study reveal.

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International students affected by COVID-19 restrictions return

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 11:48am

While New Zealand’s borders are still closed the government has accepted the return of a few current international students whose studies have been affected by border restrictions. This has allowed for a few Otago students from China to return to their studies in-person after completing 14 days in MIQ.

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Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey interview on Radio NZ National and Magic Talk

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 9:28am

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey from Department of Accountancy and Finance, has provided his opinion on “Default KiwiSaver funds to exclude fossil fuel investments” for Radio NZ National and Magic Talk.

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Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey opinion for Newsroom

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 9:23am

Recent article of Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey from Department of Accountancy and Finance on “Why NZ can't decarbonise with just one policy” for newsroom.co.nz.

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A sustainable future: Rebuilding Aotearoa

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 12:36pm

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreement set 17 global goals to achieve peace and prosperity. We present snapshots of the range of work on sustainability undertaken by the Otago Business School staff.

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Study examines financial vulnerability of older New Zealanders

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 10:56am

A new study out of the University of Otago has examined the financial vulnerability of older New Zealanders, with results showing Māori, Pacific Islanders, and women have lower levels of financial literacy, resulting in them being financially underprepared for their senior years.

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Dr Tu Nguyen published in Journal of Business Finance and Accounting

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 8:44am

Recent publication in the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting (ABDC-A*).

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Study finds women representation on boards affects gender inequality in firms

Thursday, 3 June 2021 4:59pm

A collaborative study by researchers at the University of Otago and Purdue University in the United States has found having more female representatives on a company’s board produces fairer gender distribution in the rest of the firm.

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'Course aims to inspire Maori entrepreneurs' – Nohoaka Pakihi featured in Otago Daily Times

Wednesday, 2 June 2021 10:10am

The Nohoaka Pakihi programme was featured in the Otago Daily Times. 

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Associate Professor Ros Whiting published in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 2:12pm

The article is titled: “Century plus journeys: Using career crafting to explore the career success of pioneer women accountants”.

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A bit of an adventure

Thursday, 13 May 2021 3:44pm

Cherie McConville says finishing her DBA reinforced for her that if you set your mind to it you can achieve anything.

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'Children introduced to business skills' ODT article

Tuesday, 4 May 2021 3:14pm

Otago Business School PhD student MJ Kivalu and PIPE project feature in ODT article.

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Students for a cause

Friday, 30 April 2021 9:18am

A student with a heart for cricket and charity had an idea on how to use those to benefit others.

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Professor David Lont published in Journal of Business Finance & Accounting

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 11:38am

Professor David Lont (with Griffin, P.A), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has had accepted for publication the article “Evidence of an Increasing Trend in Earnings Surprises over the Past Two Decades: The Role of Positive Manager‐Initiated Non‐GAAP Adjustments” in the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting.

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Dr Yongxian Tan published in Journal of Corporate Finance

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 11:37am

Dr. Yongxian Tan (with Shawn Mobbs and Shage Zhang), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has had accepted for publication the article “Female directors: Why are some less informed than others?” in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

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Students for a cause

Thursday, 1 April 2021 11:28am

A student with a heart for cricket and charity had an idea on how to use those to benefit others.

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Working for a bright future

Thursday, 1 April 2021 11:28am

Working for a bright future comes with sacrifice says a student with his eyes on the future.

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Reshaping tourism for a post COVID-19 world

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 11:20am

If we want tourism to continue in a post COVID-19 world it has to change to a net benefit model, according to Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Queensland’s Griffith University and Principal Science Investment Adviser at Department of Conservation, Susanne Becken.

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Dr Muhammad Nadeem and Dr Tahir Suleman published in Energy Economics

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 11:26am

Dr Muhammad Nadeem and Dr Tahir Suleman have had accepted for publication the article “Economic policy uncertainty, oil price shocks and corporate investment: Evidence from the oil industry” in Energy Economics.

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PhD Student Quyen Nguyen published in Energy Economics

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 11:25am

PhD student Quyen Nguyen has had accepted for publication the article “Predicting corporate carbon footprints for climate finance risk analyses: A machine learning approach” in Energy Economics.

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Emissions the biggest threat to international travel – Upton

Friday, 19 March 2021 11:47am

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton says that the greatest challenge facing New Zealand tourism is the greenhouse gases from international flights.

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Priorities post-COVID-19 outlined at Tourism Policy School

Friday, 19 March 2021 11:39am

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says planning is underway for a new-look tourism sector post the COVID-19 vaccination programme and when international borders re-open.

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Meet our new Kaiāwhina Māori – Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe

Friday, 19 March 2021 9:52am

Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe has recently started working as the Kaiāwhina Māori in the Commerce Dean’s office, a role in which he will support the Māori student body in the Division.

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Otago Commerce student numbers show strong growth

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 11:48am

University of Otago Commerce student enrolment numbers are showing strong growth. The Commerce Division has started the academic year up by 256 EFTS (Equivalent Full-Time Student) on the same time last year, or an increase of around 10 per cent in enrolments.

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Making tourism sustainable

Thursday, 4 March 2021 10:29am

The four suggested steps needed for sustainable tourism will be outlined by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton at the Heritage Queenstown on 18 March.

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Otago students to compete in worldwide Business Case Competition

Monday, 1 March 2021 2:44pm

University of Otago Business School students Hannah Jensen, Jessica Wingate and Taine Box have been selected to represent New Zealand in the Global Case Competition 2021.

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Ones to Watch: Emily Watson

Thursday, 18 February 2021 11:43am

HRNZ Student of the Year nominee, Emily Watson, knew that she wanted to do something that empowers people to be their best in business.

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Time for major change in New Zealand’s red meat industry

Thursday, 17 December 2020 1:19pm

New Zealand’s model of marketing red meat (beef and lamb) is outdated, commodity driven, and far from optimised, according to inaugural University of Otago Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) graduate James Wilkes.

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Inaugural Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) class graduating

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 8:49am

The first four graduates from the University’s highly innovative Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme will graduate this week.

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Study highlights ‘moralisation’ of COVID response and restrictions

Wednesday, 9 December 2020 10:30am

A collaborative study led by the University of Otago has shown that COVID-19 containment and elimination efforts have become moralised.

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Marketing students help COVID-hit businesses

Thursday, 5 November 2020 2:14pm

Otago marketing students have worked with local businesses hit by a dearth of international visitors.

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Department of Management secures Human Resources conference

Friday, 25 September 2020 2:13pm

A middle-of-the-night pitch helped secure Otago’s Department of Management as host of a major international conference in 2023.

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Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey: Is this NZ's 'most significant' climate policy?

Friday, 18 September 2020 2:52pm

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey was asked by Newsroom.co.nz for his opinion on climate policy.

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Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey in The Conversation

Friday, 18 September 2020 2:52pm

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey has written an article for The Conversation.

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Dr. Muhammad Tahir Suleman published in Energy Economics (ABDC-A*)

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 1:13pm

Dr. Muhammad Tahir Suleman (with Muhammad Abubakr Naeem, Zhe Peng Mouhammed, Rabindra Nepal Syed Jawad Hussain Shahzad), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has had accepted for publication the article “Time and frequency connectedness among oil shocks, electricity and clean energy markets” in the Energy Economics.

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Online learning company wins award

Thursday, 3 September 2020 11:57am

It's wonderful to see our alumni succeeding and that success being recognised. Here’s a story the ODT covered about the company started by MEntre alumna Bhavneet Chahal and Professor Paul Hansen.

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Audacious winners plan business launch

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 4:54pm

Two Otago students are becoming entrepreneurs with their cheeky business idea.

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NZ-China agreement has brought strong economic gains, Otago research

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 9:34am

An Otago economist argues New Zealand should expand its trade agreements in the wake of COVID-19, as his new research shows the country benefited from the NZ-China free trade agreement.

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New model proposed to reduce carbon footprint

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 4:30pm

Prior to the global pandemic, climate researchers identified an uncomfortable truth: the very meetings and events meant to support the fight against climate change were themselves causing vast greenhouse gas emissions through international air travel.

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Best Paper Award to Department at AFAANZ 2020

Monday, 20 July 2020 1:32pm

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Professor Paul A. Griffin, Professor David Lont, Dr Antonio J. Mateo Márquez, and Professor Constancio Zamora Ramírez won the best paper in CSR at the AFAANZ July 2020 conference, with the paper “Shareholder activism on climate change: Evolution, determinants and consequences”.

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Dr Yongxian Tan published in Journal of Corporate Finance

Monday, 20 July 2020 1:39pm

Recent publication in the Journal of Corporate Finance (ABDC-A*). Dr. Yongxian Tan (with XuanTian, Xinde Zhang, and Hailong Zhao), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has had accepted for publication the article “The real effect of partial privatization on corporate innovation: Evidence from China’s split share structure reform” in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

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AFAANZ Grants to Department Staff

Monday, 20 July 2020 1:54pm

Dr. Hoa Luong (with Dr. Mukesh Garg and Dr. Christofer Adrian), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has received the AFAANZ Research Grant with the project “Financial and service performance challenges arising from climate change-induced natural disasters: Evidence from Australian and New Zealand charities”.

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Otago student leads team to award with at Global Enterprise Experience

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 3:57pm

A project led by an Otago student to save the lives of newborns suffering from jaundice in Nigerian villages that lack electricity is the winner of the Windeaters Social Entrepreneur Award in a New Zealand-led contest, the Global Enterprise Experience.  

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NZ records biggest GDP quarterly fall in 30 years, Otago economist

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 4:09pm

A leading University of Otago economist has crunched the figures for New Zealand and its major trading partners’ growth rates for the first quarter of 2020, revealing some startling results.

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Otago academic new Chairman of ConsumerNZ

Friday, 3 July 2020 2:49pm

Otago Business School’s Associate Professor Robert Aitken has been elected Chairman of ConsumerNZ - the country’s leading advocacy and consumer rights organisation.

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Otago making history with presidency appointment

Friday, 3 July 2020 12:46pm

Otago Business School Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Gauld will make history when he takes over the presidency of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS) in November.

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MBA launches in China

Friday, 3 July 2020 12:21pm

Otago’s world-leading Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) has launched in China.

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Rebuilding Aotearoa New Zealand

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 4:04pm

New Zealand is emerging from the storm that is COVID-19. A common analogy heard during lockdown was that “we were all in the same boat”. Were we?

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Student hoping Ethiopian cheese-making venture will help country develop

Friday, 26 June 2020 11:31am

Liam Arthur readily admits heading to the highlands of Ethiopia to make high quality cheese after he graduates isn’t a typical career plan.

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Otago among the world’s best for sustainability

Thursday, 4 June 2020 3:16pm

The University of Otago has been ranked 23rd in the world in the latest Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings.

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E-commerce as Covid antidote

Saturday, 30 May 2020 4:46pm

Businesses going online to sell their products must have a strategy guiding their activity and avoid throwing their eggs into one basket, a Dunedin marketing expert says.

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Study investigates New Zealanders’ attitudes towards working from home

Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:09am

A University of Otago study of 2,595 New Zealanders working from home during lockdown suggests that most people were equally or more productive (73 per cent), and that many want to continue to work from home at least part of the time post lockdown (89 per cent).

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Staff publication in the British Accounting Review (ABDC-A*)

Thursday, 21 May 2020 2:32pm

Professors Paul Griffin, David Lont and Caroline Pomare have had accepted for publication the article “The Curious Case of Canadian Corporate Emissions Valuation” in the British Accounting Review.

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Dr Nicola Beatson on AFAANZ Board

Thursday, 21 May 2020 2:28pm

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Could working from home be the new normal?

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 3:05pm

Could working from home become the new normal in a post-COVID19 world? Academics from Otago and Ireland are working together to help answer that question.

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Air NZ could provide some answers for NZ’s ailing health IT systems

Thursday, 30 April 2020 4:08pm

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for an overhaul of funding and IT systems for the health sector and Air New Zealand could provide some answers, according to a University of Otago expert in healthcare systems.

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Otago online MBA ranked 10th in the world

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 3:50pm

A “relatively small business school at the bottom of the planet” is making waves in the world of MBAs.

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CPA Admission for Dr Konan Seny Kan

Monday, 20 April 2020 2:21pm

Dr Konan Seny Kan, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance has achieved the criteria for admission into CPA Australia.

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2020 NZX award for Dr Helen Roberts

Monday, 20 April 2020 2:51pm

The 2020 NZX award for Outstanding Research with Practical Application to the New Zealand Capital Markets was won at the NZ Finance Colloquium with the paper “CEO Pay-performance Sensitivity and Stock Return Variance: Evidence from NZ” by Dr Helen Roberts and Tyler Haslemore.

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Staff publication in the Journal of Financial Markets

Monday, 20 April 2020 2:59pm

Recent Publication in the Journal of Financial Markets (ABDC-A*).

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Aitken carrying on prestigious OBS tradition

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 2:40pm

An Otago academic has been appointed to lead one of the largest academic academies in Australasia – carrying on what is quickly becoming an Otago tradition.

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Second Tourism Policy School to be held next month

Monday, 2 March 2020 10:50am

Industry leaders and world experts on one of the biggest challenges facing the tourism industry will gather in Queenstown this month for the second annual Otago Tourism Policy School.

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Otago researcher’s board appointment a first for New Zealand

Friday, 14 February 2020 10:06am

An Otago Business School researcher has been appointed to the international research board of ORCID – the first time any New Zealander has held such a post.

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Balding a hairy issue for leaders

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 2:54pm

Men are losing more than just their hair when they go bald, new University of Otago research shows.

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Study investigates reasons behind low numbers of female financial advisers

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 4:05pm

A collaborative study by the University of Otago and RMIT University Melbourne has explored reasons for the low level of women in New Zealand and Australia’s financial advising industry.

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New paper for 2nd year students

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 4:40pm

A new paper offered in Semester 2, 2020, ACFI 299, Special Topic: Introduction to Accounting Analytics aims to address the growing demand for skills in using Excel and data analytics software in the accounting profession.

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Graduation bittersweet after loss and challenges

Monday, 16 December 2019 9:31am

The man who began the rebuild of his Fijian village after three devastating cyclones graduated with a Master of Sustainable Business from the University of Otago on Saturday.

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Uplifting return to business school for alumni

Friday, 13 December 2019 1:51pm

It was with a sense of pride and a tinge of envy that five former commerce students and staff visited Otago Business School last week; most having graduated more than 50 years ago

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New market for bent, ugly and wonky produce

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 2:36pm

Bent, twisted and ugly fruit and veg, traditionally binned because they do not meet retailers’ cosmetic standards, could have a new market, University of Otago research suggests.

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Extreme heat making business and investors sweat

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 9:43am

Extremely hot weather leads to declines in market value of shares on the stock market, according to a new international study.

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Prize ensures Emeritus Professor never forgotten

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 12:10pm

Eleven years ago, graduating with a PhD, Dr Thiruven Madhavan decided he wanted to leave something for the University of Otago that would remain when he was gone.

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Otago Wins MBA case competition

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 8:44am

The University of Otago Business School has developed New Zealand’s first national MBA Case Competition. The inaugural case competition ran on Saturday and the Otago MBA student team came away with the win.

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Young people not catered for in current voting system

Monday, 23 September 2019 1:59pm

A lack of information about candidates is the main reason young people do not vote in local government elections, a new University of Otago study reveals.

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Behavioural economist appointed as DCC Chair in Entrepreneurship

Thursday, 12 September 2019 2:36pm

The University of Otago has appointed behavioural economist Associate Professor Nathan Berg as its Dunedin City Council Chair in Entrepreneurship.

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Aitken sees appointment as a chance to help

Monday, 9 September 2019 1:55pm

The University of Otago’s Associate Professor Rob Aitken has been appointed to the Board of Consumer NZ.

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Adventure Park for Dunedin goal of research

Thursday, 15 August 2019 4:16pm

The goal for Cherie McConville’s doctoral research is a New Zealand-first adventure park for Dunedin, and a new qualification for her.

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Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey gives his opinion on greenhouse gas emissions

Monday, 22 July 2019 11:37am

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, from the Department of Accounting and Finance, recently had his opinion and expertise sought on a newly released report on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Otago Online MBA 13th in the world: QS World University Rankings

Thursday, 27 June 2019 10:56am

The University of Otago’s Online MBA (Master of Business Administration) has been ranked the best in New Zealand and 13th in the world, in the latest QS World University Rankings.

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New indigenous Māori paper launching next month

Monday, 24 June 2019 8:51am

A new indigenous Māori business paper set to launch next semester is thought to be the first undergraduate paper of its kind in the country.

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Economy back in focus for the 54th Otago Foreign Policy School

Thursday, 20 June 2019 2:31pm

Politicians, diplomats, and academics will come together to discuss the challenges of economics in the modern world, at the 54th University of Otago Foreign Policy School (OFPS).

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Results of self-driving tourist report of ‘great concern’

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 2:52pm

There is a “serious gap” in the knowledge of New Zealand’s road rules among self-driving international visitors to New Zealand, a report produced by the University of Otago concludes.

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Ability of computers to select leaders powerful but risky – Otago study

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 3:18pm

In the near future, machines are going to have a say in who we select as leaders in organisations – an Otago-led study calls for caution in this brave new world.

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Recent Tech Week TEXpo great success

Thursday, 30 May 2019 1:49pm

The University of Otago, together with the Otago Polytechnic, Enterprise Dunedin, the Economic Development Unit of Dunedin City Council and SIGNAL ICT Grad School, co-hosted Dunedin Techweek TEXpo at the Otago Business School on Saturday 25 May 2019.

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The laws of sciences and politics

Saturday, 11 May 2019 8:44am

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey on the policies required for real-world change.

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Top honours for Beatson

Thursday, 2 May 2019 2:52pm

Accountancy and Finance lecturer Nicola Beatson been awarded the prestigious Otago Teaching Excellence award at a ceremony this week.

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Study highlights concerning financial situation for retirees who don’t own a home

Monday, 15 April 2019 12:03pm

University of Otago research investigating the impact housing plays on the financial situation of New Zealand retirees shows that non-homeowners are in a worse position financially, and action is recommended before the problem grows.

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Values learned at Otago took Babbage around the world

Friday, 12 April 2019 1:10pm

Nigel Babbage was broke at 27, and retired at 43.

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China launch for Otago’s world-leading MBA programme

Thursday, 28 March 2019 4:30pm

The University of Otago online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is set to launch in China next year.

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Otago’s reputation a draw for visiting Professor

Thursday, 14 March 2019 2:47pm

A guest lecturer from Indiana University’s world-renowned Kelley School of Business has started the academic year for the Master of Entrepreneurship programme.

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Pressing issues focus of inaugural Tourism Policy School

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 3:30pm

The impact, value and sustainability of tourism is the focus of the inaugural tourism policy school, in Queenstown, next month.

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Caution for NZ shareholders as study highlights reporting practices and CEO pay

Monday, 10 December 2018 11:33am

University of Otago researchers behind a study investigating corporate financial reporting techniques say shareholders need to be wary of the methods companies are increasingly using to report their results.

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Tourism students’ studies benefit charities

Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:04pm

A group of Otago Business School tourism students have raised more than $7000 for local charities by taking their studies out of the lecture theatre and into the community.

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Otago study calls for end to Government’s “soft” approach to sugary drink regulation

Thursday, 8 November 2018 9:51am

People who drink sugary beverages are more likely to eat fast food and confectionery and less likely to make healthy dietary choices, Otago research has found.

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Swell in earnings surprises calls market gains into question

Monday, 24 September 2018 11:44am

A study jointly conducted by University of Otago and University of California researchers investigating company reporting results in the United States shows a marked increase in positive earnings surprises, determined as the difference between “street earnings” and analyst forecasts.

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Alcohol abstinence not an option for students in culture of intoxication – Otago academic

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 10:19am

Trooper, champion, and hero versus coward, weirdo, and killjoy. How tertiary students refer to their peers depends on how much alcohol they consume, a University of Otago academic has found.

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Study links relationship of retail staff with their workplace to prevention of shoplifting

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 4:09pm

University of Otago research examining the role of psychological ownership in shoplifting prevention is to be extended into a New Zealand wide survey of supermarket staff after notable results in a pilot trial.

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New election prediction method could reshape the pre-election cycle

Friday, 10 August 2018 2:52pm

A new system of predicting election results, developed at The University of Otago, is proving so accurate developers hope it will change future political discussion and journalism.

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Otago report highlights lack of progress in clinical governance in NZ’s health system

Monday, 9 July 2018 4:59pm

Eight years after the Government called for more clinical governance in the health system to help improve patient care and safety, University of Otago researchers have found little has changed.

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Successful AFAANZ grant applications

Friday, 15 June 2018 11:26am

Five staff within Otago's Department of Accountancy & Finance and their co-researchers have been successful in obtaining Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFANZ) research funding.

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Novel smart technology explores smoking-to-vaping transitions

Thursday, 7 June 2018 9:43am

Novel smart technology used in a University of Otago-led study explores smoking-to-vaping transitions, suggesting vaping is a complicated process and that some vapers may need additional cessation support to become smoke-free.

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SERGE symposium - 28 June 2018

Friday, 25 May 2018 10:27am

SERGE is a student engagement research group. We showcase, nurture and develop quality research being undertaken on all types of student engagement, across all disciplines. SERGE will hold it's inaugural symposium on Thursday 28 June.

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Executive in Residence – Lara Ariell

Monday, 30 April 2018 8:51am

From 30 April until 4 May, the Department will host Inland Revenue’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Lara Ariell, as their first Executive in Residence for 2018.

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Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI)

Friday, 27 April 2018 4:16pm

The Department is thrilled to be involved with GRASFI, a new network of 18 global research universities established to promote multi-disciplinary academic research in the emerging field of sustainable finance and investment.

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Staff Awards & Achievements

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 2:19pm

Congratulations to a number of our staff on their recent achievements.

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Research reveals pressures facing tour guides

Friday, 20 April 2018 10:08am

The rapid growth of adventure tourism has created opportunities in New Zealand, but the wellbeing of tourist guides is often overlooked.

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Student Awards & Achievements

Friday, 20 April 2018 2:32pm

Congratulations to a number of our students on their recent achievements.

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Staff Welcome & Farewell

Monday, 16 April 2018 2:03pm

The Department has welcomed and farewelled a number of staff in recent months.

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University embarks on what promises to be a fruitful partnership

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:10am

The University of Otago is partnering with Central Otago vineyards to improve business practices in the sector.

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Vacancies for two Lecturers or Senior Lecturers

Sunday, 8 April 2018 12:24pm

We are seeking two Lecturers or Senior Lecturers to join our dynamic academic teaching and research staff.

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University joins prestigious global tourism network

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 2:57pm

Research and learning in tourism stands to significantly benefit from the University of Otago being given access to a prestigious global network, the World Leisure Organization (WLO).

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Honorary doctorate for New Zealand businessman

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:52am

The University of Otago will this week confer an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree on internationally renowned businessman and philanthropist Graeme Hart.

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From strength to strength for Otago MBA

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 9:33am

The University of Otago Business School’s Master of Business Administration programme, the Otago MBA, is once again breaking new ground.

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Otago research finds consumer’s sustainable intentions thwarted

Monday, 27 November 2017 4:53pm

More and more New Zealanders are keen to act sustainably, but can’t because producers aren’t providing enough product information to guide them.

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Otago Study shows pay gap between CEOs and workers is widening

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 9:05am

The gap between CEO compensation and worker income is widening, according to new University of Otago research.

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Otago students chosen for NZ - India Sustainability Challenge 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 11:04am

George Coslett and Lucy Patterson from the University of Otago Business School have been selected to travel to India as part of the Education New Zealand’s NZ - India Sustainability Challenge (NZISC).

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Climate change and extreme weather driving migration

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 1:46pm

For the first time, a University of Otago researcher has shown that not only are the effects of climate change influencing people’s decision to migrate, it is actually a more important driver than income and political freedom at the origin country.

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Joint action on annual $1 billion retail crime problem 

Monday, 21 August 2017 12:26pm

Almost $1 billion of goods get stolen from shops in New Zealand every year and the University of Otago and Retail NZ want to do something about it.

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Human Resources Management major graduates

Saturday, 19 August 2017 2:40pm

First Human Resources Management graduates

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World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education

Saturday, 29 July 2017 11:01am

Dr Diane Ruwhiu attended the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Toronto, 24th – 29th July.

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Winter symposium - examining the future of work.  Parliament theatrette

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 11:54am


The winter symposium held at parliament theatrette on 5 July 2017 examined the future of work.  Dr Sara Walton led off the evening.....

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Top accounting researchers in Dunedin

Friday, 23 June 2017 3:51pm

Some of the global superstars of accounting research will be in Dunedin next week for a Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance (JAAF) Conference.

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Developing Responsible Leadership students (MANT252)  raise raise money for charity

Thursday, 1 June 2017 2:35pm

Students from MANT252 Developing Responsible Leadership raise $5420 for Dunedin Night Shelter

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How much are the Highlanders worth to Dunedin?

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 2:27pm

They’re obviously home-town favourites but just how much money do the Highlanders contribute to Dunedin and further afield?

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Graduation - 13 May

Saturday, 13 May 2017 2:44pm

Babak Zahraei and Naoto Nadayama both had their PhD awarded at Saturday's graduation ceremony.

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Opinion piece in the NBR:  Lessons from United - How to make an apology

Friday, 5 May 2017 12:32pm

Opinion piece in the NBR from Professor Steven Grover; Lessons from United - How to make an apology.

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PhD submitted for examination - Ruth Mrabure

Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:37pm

Ruth Mrabure submitted her PhD thesis to the Doctoral Office for examination.

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New Zealand’s only Online MBA ranked among the world’s best

Thursday, 6 April 2017 4:10pm

The University of Otago’s Online MBA, the only one offered in New Zealand, has been ranked fourth best in the world by London-based CEO Magazine.

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New Associate Dean Māori appointed to Otago Business School

Thursday, 6 April 2017 9:41am

Ngāi Tahu’s Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl has been appointed as the new Associate Dean Māori in the University of Otago Business School. She takes up her role on 26 April.

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2017 Canon scholarships awarded

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 2:04pm

Twenty four elite undergraduate commerce students from the University of Otago Business School have been awarded Canon Excellence Award Scholarships.

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Otago researchers scrutinise DHBs’ spend on outside consultants

Friday, 31 March 2017 10:58am

The amount of money spent on external consultants by New Zealand’s 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) is substantial and poorly monitored, University of Otago research suggests.

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CSIS Seminar by Professor Kramer

Friday, 10 March 2017 3:56pm

Hypercube - On Velocity and Prediction Quality in Big Data Applications

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CSIS Seminar by Holger Regenbrecht and Jonny Collins

Friday, 3 March 2017 3:58pm

Hypercube - Experiencing the fourth spatial dimension

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PhD submission - Somayeh Bahmannia

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 1:30pm

Somayeh Bahmannia submitted her PhD thesis to the Doctoral Office for examination.

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Meet the NZ CEO who caps his salary and gives staff unlimited annual leave

Sunday, 12 February 2017 1:35pm

Dean Hall, CEO of Rocketwerkz caps his own salary and offers unlimited annual leave to staff.  Dean is an an Otago BCom (Management) graduate.

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Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 1:25pm

It is time for big ideas and re-thinking the field of tourism as the world enters the current era of autonomous vehicles, disestablishment of the political system, the sharing economy, the impact of visitor congestion at UNESCO places, and changes at destinations because of climate change.

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Otago MBA degree judged amongst world’s best

Friday, 13 January 2017 3:54pm

Otago Business School’s MBA degree has been judged amongst the world’s best in new international rankings released today.

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Michael Winikoff featured in He Kitenga research magazine

Sunday, 1 January 2017 1:43pm

As robots and other autonomous systems become more widely used, how can we trust them to do what they should?

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Holger Regenbrecht featured in He Kitenga research magazine

Sunday, 1 January 2017 12:44pm

Otago researchers are leading the way in exploring real-world applications for augmented reality.

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Case competition win for Otago

Thursday, 27 October 2016 8:26am

An Otago team defeated 11 other universities to win the 2016 Student Development Society International Business Case Competition in Queenstown.

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PM announces University of Otago partnership with Bombay teaching institute

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 7:21am

Prime Minister John Key has announced from Delhi an important MOU between the University of Otago and a prestigious educational institute in Bombay to foster a new and exciting teaching collaboration between the two organisations.

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CSIS Seminar by Tony Savarimuthu

Friday, 7 October 2016 12:45pm

What is expected to happen vs. what happens - A process mining based study of decision-making processes in Python

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CSIS Seminar by Hamza Bennani

Friday, 30 September 2016 3:23pm

Seminar by Hamza Bennani, from the Department of Computer Science, titled "Three Dimensional Reconstruction of Human Lumbar Spine from Bi-planar X-rays".

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Volkswagen scandal “game changer” for financial markets: Otago research

Friday, 23 September 2016 2:21pm

The Volkswagen diesel emission cheating scandal has become one of the most significant business stories in decades, so powerful and sustained that it fundamentally changed the way the financial markets operate.

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Smokefree researchers call for stronger regulation of roll-your-own tobacco

Monday, 19 September 2016 2:16pm

Smokefree researchers at the University of Otago are calling on policy makers to develop stronger regulation of roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco. 

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University announces next Dean of Otago Business School

Monday, 18 July 2016 12:15pm

The University of Otago has appointed Professor Robin Gauld as the next Dean of the University’s Otago Business School.

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‘Compete for Cash Cow’ complete success for Accounting student

Monday, 20 June 2016 10:58am

Otago Accounting student Matthew Morrison has been named runner-up in AccountingPod’s nationwide dairy farm simulation competition, ‘Compete for Cash Cow’, that saw him run a virtual dairy farm for 22 days.

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Residency was chance to give back

Monday, 6 June 2016 4:28pm

ANZ chairman John Judge left Dunedin on Friday night with plenty to think about after his week in the city as the University of Otago Business School's inaugural executive in residence.

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Executive brings business insights

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 4:23pm

ANZ chairman Mr Judge is the business school's inaugural executive in residency, hosted by the department of accountancy and finance.

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Archived news and events

Thursday, 7 April 2016 2:41pm

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Making cigarette sticks unattractive next step for plain packaging

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 1:26pm

As New Zealand moves towards legislating for plain packaging of cigarettes, the Government should consider measures that extend and improve upon Australia’s model, ASPIRE2025 researchers from the University of Otago believe.

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CAANZ Fellowship Honour

Friday, 11 March 2016 3:38pm

Otago Department of Accountancy and Finance Professor Ralph Adler has been acknowledged for a long career in the accounting profession by being made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ).

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“Myths” behind tech solutions to aviation’s climate change crisis explored

Monday, 7 March 2016 1:30pm

Climate-damaging emissions from aviation will continue to rise despite the best efforts of the airline industry to make air travel sustainable, a new study co-authored by a University of Otago researcher suggests.

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English towns with a Jewish heritage more tolerant of modern-day immigration

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 10:34am

Modern-day tolerance towards immigrants is significantly higher in English towns that welcomed medieval Jews, according to new research into persistent regional variations in attitudes to immigration.

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Study points to Kiwis having become more frugal in wake of GFC

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:55am

A newly release