“I knew immediately that Management was for me, and the more I learned about it the more I liked it."
“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."
“At school I loved business and art. Marketing gave me the best balance between the two."
“It puts a different lens on everything. It’s more a way of thinking than just memorising information. That’s what I love.”
A career in sports medicine beckoned Andrew Hagan down to Dunedin but little did he know his future would really kick off in finance.
As a marketing executive for New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing, Angelique Bridson's role is to promote the New Zealand thoroughbred and its supporting industry...
The winner of the 2005 inaugural L'Oreal Scholarship couldn't be more suited to the award.
“My research on crowdfunding showed that there are a lot of niche markets where this could be useful, and crowdfunding could become a valuable tool for start-ups too"
Sapere Aude - Dare to be Wise. Anna Guthrie has taken the University of Otago motto very seriously during her studies.
After Ben Lawrie left school he spent three years learning about the world.
"I had an excellent experience and have graduated with two fantastic degrees which really fit well together."
Second homes are often perceived to have tangible tourism values, particularly in the regions, but they also offer more intangible value for leisure and wellbeing for their owners.
Chan Won Lee is studying for a Master of Business Data Science at the University of Otago.
Chris didn’t just learn technical knowledge—he learned how to interrogate financial information and understand the strategic impacts of accounting.
The DipGrad is proving to be an ideal way for Claire Gordon to gain the specialised study she needs to achieve her professional goals.
Now an Auckland-based hotshot, Claire Murray remembers her Otago days fondly.
Always intending to establish his own business venture, as his Master of Entrepreneurship studies suggest, Clay found inspiration in the form of some old rugby headgear lying around at home.
“During my time at Otago, I’ve been able to travel to 17 countries and learn a lot about various tourism industries and economies.”
“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."
I've always operated on the idea that if I'm not having fun teaching, students aren't having much fun learning.
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.
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.
Just how do entrepreneurs make decisions about entering international markets? And what can we learn from New Zealand’s most successful high tech exporters?
It's a long way from her initial career in the Royal New Zealand Airforce where she worked in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
The path to becoming a senior lecturer is not always through academia. Damien has a background broader than most.
A background in social psychology gives Kirsten Robertson an edge when it comes to researching and teaching marketing…
“There’s little research on the implications of very young children being targeted as consumers."
“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.”
How much is marketing about what is being bought and sold, and how much is it about the people involved in the transactions?
By building artificial societies Dr Dan Farhat can explore labour market outcomes – and communities plagued by “vampires”.
Emily Mason wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she started at Otago.
Society may have to rethink ways of encouraging children into enjoying the outdoors.
A study by Dr Craig Lee has pinpointed success factors that have shaped some of the top-performing, independent restaurants in Australia.
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.
When teaching topics such as human resource management, how better to practise what you preach than with the students themselves?
Taking a Bachelor of Commerce in international business and economics, with a minor in Spanish, has taken Fiona Woodfield around the world.
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.
As a Finance Business Partner for BNZ, Gerard Graham supports business units to meet their financial plans and prepare for the future.
Otago gives you a solid background, so keep your eyes and ears open and opportunities will present themselves.
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".
Otago researchers have been investigating how organisational culture is perceived by District Health Boards’ (DHBs) members and their senior executive teams, and its affect on hospital performance and patient care.
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.
A wide range of factors determines the value of an organisation - some financial or tangible and easy to account for in financial statements (e.g. property, cash), while many such as intellectual capital, competition and energy security are not.
Jack has used his Entrepreneurship learning to develop a model for marae-based teaching.
"The skills I learned in the first three years – research, writing, critiquing, always working to deadline... "
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.
John found that one of the best aspects of the course was to be taught by staff that not only have the academic credentials but, "the practical, hands-on background in start-up ventures and advising others in such."
"My links with my whanau, tribe and the University of Otago will always remain strong."
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.
Many organisations assume their HRM policies work and deliver optimum staff performance and therefore productivity to their organisation.....how true is this?
“When I found out about the Master of Entrepreneurship at the end of my BSc I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. I got to meet 'entrepreneurial types' and learn more about business!”
If other people could build successful companies – “and there are millions of them out there” – then “I can’t see why I can’t.”
Nathan Rose jokes that he gained a “poker degree” at Otago, with majors in Finance and Psychology.
"Business studies gives a really good career base. You do a bit of everything in a BCom."
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.
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.
Studying at Otago was a pivotal step for a young girl from Invercargill in becoming a partner in the multinational professional services firm…
"That was the 'light bulb moment' – I knew there was a gap in the market"
"In Information Science you're looking at business rules and how to match them through information systems."
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.
“Some of the ways global business is taking sustainability seriously is fascinating and quite inspiring.”
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.
"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."
Scott says that Otago has a huge amount to offer people who want to succeed in the business world.
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.
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.
An interest in entrepreneurship and having his own start-up business underway (atFax) brought Steve Price to the University of Otago for its Master of Entrepreneurship degree.
For Tessa Cameron a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance and economics helped her develop into the entrepreneurial business women she is today.
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.
Tim Nixon has had a colourful career since completing the Master of Entrepreneurship. First, he set up an innovative computer games company called Straylight Studios Ltd, and now he heads up Runaway, the computer games division of Natural History New Zealand, the Dunedin-based maker of scientific documentaries.
When Tom Scott graduated from the University of Otago he found himself heading in quite a different direction than he had initially planned.
Modern science combines with mātauranga to protect muttonbird harvesting for future generations.
"I'm very passionate about tourism and I'm very passionate about beer. So it's come together very nicely."
Associare Professor Ben Wooliscroft is keen to change the conversation about what constitutes a successful business.
Research is changing, and translating core research into usage in the marketplace and in society is increasingly important.
Professor Holger Regenbrecht is using augmented reality to challenge the brains of stroke patients to work out what makes reality a reality.
Good leadership is crucial for business success, but just what makes a good leader, and what does evolution have to do with it?
Why is there disparity between what consumers say they would like to do and what they actually do when it comes to sustainable consumption?
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?