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Duncan Connors imageBA (Hons) (Manchester), MPhil (Glasgow), PhD (Glagow) PGCAP (Higher Education) (Durham) FRSA, FHEA, MRI, MEI, MintLM

Senior Lecturer DBA

Contact details

Tel +64 3 479 8407


Dr Duncan Connors has a background in programme and research leadership, joining the Otago DBA from Winchester where he was DBA programme leader and convenor of the Hoare Centre for Responsible Management.

Prior to this, he worked at the University of Durham Business School and was a fellow of the Durham Energy Institute and a lecturer in energy management at the University of Coventry after completing postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this he worked in finance in the City of London, the family wine shop and had a period both full time and as a reservist in the RAF.

He is a business and economic historian in the field of energy, resources and maritime history and has a strong interest in research methodologies and the development of the body of academic literature. He has published in a number of journals on energy and maritime matters and co-authored the fourth edition of the well know text, A History of Money (2015).

His teaching is in the field of ethics, governance and leadership and supervises a range of topics.

Research interest

  • Business History
  • Economic History
  • Government and Business relations
  • State Planning
  • Nuclear power and renewable energy
  • Extractive Industries
  • History of Economic Thought

Teaching responsibilities

  • BDBA 913 Governance and Data-Informed Decision Making

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Connors, D., & Perchard, A. (2023). Employing historical methods and perspectives in corporate governance. In N. Cucari, S. Yamak, S. Esposito De Falco & B. Lee (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for corporate governance. (pp. 2-19). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781802202892.00007

Connors, D. P. (2023). Sailing the tide of over consumption: Applying a business history approach to explore the rising demand of luxury yachts and travel since 1979. Worldwide Hospitality & Tourism Themes. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/WHATT-03-2023-0054

Rubio-Varas, M., De la Torre, J., & Connors, D. P. (2022). The atomic business: Structures and strategies. Business History, 64(8), 1395-1412. doi: 10.1080/00076791.2020.1856080

Connors, D. P. (2009). The rôle of government in the decline of the British shipbuilding industry, 1945-1980 (PhD). University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. 253p. Retrieved from

Connors, D. P. (2007). The decline in British shipbuilding: Negotiations between the British Government and the Scott Lithgow Company 1960-1987. Essays in Economic & Business History, 25(1), 27-40.

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