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Anna Guenther

“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"

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Aysha Rimoni

Aysha Rimoni’s academic achievements in Samoa earned her a scholarship to study in New Zealand.

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Bhavneet Chahal

Bhavneet Chahal says her experiences at Otago kickstarted a career helping others learn about IT and realise their potential.

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Brittany Williams

Not getting university entrance didn’t stop Brittany Williams getting to university. Unlike most of her peers, she finished school, and even got a scholarship to Christchurch Polytechnic to study business administration.

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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.

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 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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Gaurav 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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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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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 can the Māori perspective be used to shape the scientific world?

A joint project with Otago, AUT, Victoria and Waikato is studying whether and how fundamental science relates to Māori concerns, looking at developing processes that help Māori knowledge, expertise and effort be brought into project planning.

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How do companies account for their use of natural resources?

The University of Otago Business School is leading New Zealand research into understanding how companies are accounting for their use of natural resources.


How is Big Data and Artificial Intelligence transforming the NZ workplace?

What is the effect of Big Data and AI on the New Zealand workplace, and how should we start preparing for a more technological future?


How teamwork affects hospital performance and patient care

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. 


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.


Improving cultural sensitivity in the tourism industry

Research highlights the need for training and tools to increase cultural awareness and help businesses prepare for North Asian visitors.


Jack Keogh

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

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Jamie Wood

When Jamie Wood’s Dunedin school team won a Young Enterprise Scheme regional challenge she had her first taste of business success.

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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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Jessica Lucas

International student Jessica Lucas initially came to Dunedin to improve her English, but she enjoyed living here so much that she decided to enrol at Otago. When choosing subjects, a double major in Tourism and Management offered the perfect combination.

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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.


Job satisfaction - not money - is the key to workplace performance

Earning money may be an important reason for working, but it isn’t the biggest motivator. Accountancy and Finance lecturer Nicola Beatson studies people in accounting.


John Fountain

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."


Just how much of a role should social media play in employee selection?

Management researcher Dr Paula O’Kane is interested in how technology impacts how we work, and has explored how and why organisations are using social media in the workplace.

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Kendall Flutey

Kendall Flutey was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug early – she was selling class newspapers at the age of seven – and completing a Master of Entrepreneurship only cemented that passion.

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Koro Dickinson

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


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?


Logan Elliott

“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!”


Marcus Hoefliger

“I wanted to undertake a programme that allowed me to apply the theories I learned in my undergraduate degrees to real-life, practical scenarios. The Master of Entrepreneurship was the perfect programme to achieve this.”

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Nathan Rose

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

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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 Malden

For Rachel Malden, coming to the University of Otago wasn’t the easiest choice, but it turned out to be the right one.

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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…

Susan Houge MacKenzie - Tourism, University of Otago

Reframing adventure tourism

How can outdoor adventure and nature-based experiences be used to engage young people in science subjects as well as promote health and wellbeing?

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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.


Steve Price

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.

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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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Tom Mulder's career as an economic analyst at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand had its origins in his Christchurch school days.

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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.


Tim Nixon

Tim Nixon has had a colourful career since completing the Master of Entrepreneurship. He heads up Runaway, the computer games division of Natural History New Zealand.

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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?

Associate 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.


What makes a good leader

Good leadership is crucial for business success, but just what makes a good leader, and what does evolution have to do with it?


What prompts consumers to act sustainably?

Why is there disparity between what consumers say they would like to do and what they actually do when it comes to sustainable consumption?


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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