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Otago Business School Centres of Research Excellence.

The Otago Business School is home to a number of centres of research excellence.

These centres are research flagships for the Otago Business School; each a focal point for a specific research problem or domain. The centres exist to foster networking and communication between Otago academics and colleagues at other institutions. 

We also have exceptional staff whose independent projects progresses their research and assists other researchers and organisations throughout the world, such as Professor Paul Hansen's 1000minds.

Business School Research Centres

There are a number of research centres at the Otago Business School:

  • ASPIRE2025: ASPIRE2025 is one of the University of Otago's Research Themes and a recognised area of research excellence. This multi-disciplinary collaboration provides evidence to support the government's goal of a smokefree Aotearoa/ New Zealand by 2025. Members' work spans the research continuum and includes conceptual research that examined how "informed choice" applies to an addictive behaviour, policy interventions, particularly constraints on tobacco marketing, and clinical trials of new cessation devices. We hold HRC and Marsden grants, have a vibrant post-graduate cohort, and are well networked with leading international research teams.
  • Competitive Advantage New Zealand: devoted to understanding how New Zealand enterprises can develop competitive advantage that is world class.
  • Centre for Business and the Environment
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship: recognised internationally as a hub for entrepreneurship research and research-led teaching
  • Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST): facilitates and promotes research into health system improvement, across local and national health systems, and internationally.
  • Centre for Organisational Performance Measurement and Management (COPMM): The Centre’s mission is to bring together researchers and practitioners who share a common interest in the performance measurement and management of organisations for the purpose of sharing and promoting innovative and best practice.
  • Centre for Recreation Research: aims to establish a long-term research programme to develop theoretical and practical knowledge about commercial and non-commercial recreation developments in rural, urban and natural areas, both in New Zealand and overseas.
  • Economic Growth and Development: seeks to explain why economies grow at such different rates.
  • Otago Human Computer Interaction Group (OHCI) - The focus isn't the computer as such - it is technology for users in society. OHCI conceptually design, prototypically implement, and evaluate systems, in particular in Virtual and Augmented Reality, Mobile Systems, Videoconferencing, Health and Industrial Applications, and combinations of those.
  • New Zealand Business Case Research Centre (incorporating Centre for Management Cases)
  • Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC): An interdisciplinary Centre which links a diverse spectrum of researchers who share a common goal of assisting the transformation of New Zealand’s energy system to one which is efficient, secure, sustainable, and carbon neutral.
  • Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) - Fostering partnerships to help solve global health problems.
  • The Otago Forum: aims to stimulate business research with a service orientation, especially research involving collaboration with industry


1000MindsProfessor Paul Hansen from the School's Department of Economics undertakes research mainly relating to priority-setting and resource allocation, especially in the health sector. He is the co-inventor of 1000minds, an online suite of tools and processes to help individuals and groups with their decision-making, and also for understanding people’s preferences via conjoint analysis. 

1000minds has won numerous national and international awards, and is used for an amazing variety of research applications by academics and students at more than 200 universities and other organisations, as well as by commercial clients worldwide.

The power of this decision-making tool has been recognised and utilised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO engaged 1000minds to develop a Priority Pathogens List (PPL) of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to support research and development into new and effective drugs. Professor Hansen was invited to the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to act as a temporary adviser during their three-day "PPL Working Group" meeting.

For more information about Paul's personal involvement with the WHO, please read the Otago Daily Times article published in January 2017.

You can also read The Lancet article about the research: "Discovery, research, and development of new antibiotics: the WHO priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and tuberculosis".

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