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Otago Business School Exceptional PhD Theses

The Otago Business School celebrates excellence at every level. The School takes great pleasure in announcing the following PhD candidates have presented a thesis of exceptional quality.

A thesis is of exceptional quality when all three examiners of a candidate's thesis agree that the thesis is among the top 10% of theses examined, and is of an exceptional standard in the following areas:

  • Research content
  • Originality
  • Quality of expression
  • Accuracy of presentation

2018 Exceptional Theses

Wiebke Finkler, Department of Tourism
“The science communication of whale watching: A people-focused science communication approach.”
(Primary Supervisor: Professor James Higham).
For more information on Wiebke’s work, please contact the Department of Tourism.

Shijiao Chen, Department of Marketing
“An institutional perspective of consumer behaviour in industry-wide crises”
(Primary Supervisor: Dr Damien Mather).
For more information on Shijiao’s work, please contact the Department of Marketing.

2017 Exceptional Theses

Xinfeng Ruan, Department of Accountancy and Finance
“Equilibrium asset prices and variance risk premia”
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Jin Zhang).
For more information on Xinfeng’s work, please contact the Department of Accountancy & Finance

Haileslasie Tadele Gebremariam, Department of Accountancy & Finance
“Microfinance institutions' transparency, governance and risk in sub-Saharan Africa”
(Primary Supervisor: Dr Helen Roberts.
For more information on Haileslasie’s work, please contact the Department of Accountancy & Finance

Mohammed Alghamdi, Department of Information Science
“Enabling parental stress resilience training with virtual reality”
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Holger Regenbrecht).
For more information on Mohammed’s work, please contact the Department of Information Science

Kevin Bingham, Department of Tourism
"Unpacking heterotopic social space: An ethnography of urban exploration"
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Neil Carr)
For more information on Kevin's work, please contact the Department of Tourism

2015 Exceptional Theses

Christopher Frantz, Department of Information Science
“Agent-based institutional modelling: Novel techniques for deriving structure from behaviour”
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Martin Purvis).
For more information on Christopher’s work, please contact the Department of Information Science.

2014 Exceptional Theses

Kelvin Seah, Department of Economics
“Three essays on the non-labour market impacts of immigration”
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Steven Stillman).
For more information on Kelvin’s work, please contact the Department of Economics.

2012 Exceptional Theses

Francisco Tigre Moura, Department of Marketing
“Extending the understanding of the effects of cultural localisation of websites: The case of tourism destination sites”
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Juergen Gnoth).
For more information on Francisco’s work, please contact the Department of Marketing.

2011 Exceptional Theses

Carleigh Randall, Department of Tourism
“The wine islands: An exploration of wine tourism network relationships"
(Primary Supervisor: Dr Richard Mitchell).
For more information on Carleigh’s work, please contact the Department of Tourism.

Bastin Savarimuthu, Department of Information Science
“Mechanisms for norm emergence and norm identification in multi-agent societies”
(Primary Supervisor: Dr Maryam Purvis).
For more information on Bastin’s work, please contact the Department of Information Science.

2007 Exceptional Theses

Daniela Rosenstreich, Department of Marketing
“A consumer-oriented view of quality: an exploratory study of quality in the context of marketing’s scholarly articles”
(Supervisors: Professor Rob Lawson & Dr Ben Wooliscroft).
For more information on Daniela’s work, please contact the Department of Marketing.


Helen Tregidga, Department of Accountancy and Finance
“Power and politics of organisational sustainable development: An analysis of organisational reporting discourse"
(Supervisors: Professor Markus Milne, Professor Richard Morgan & Professor Kate Kearins).
For more information on Helen’s work, please contact the Department of Accountancy & Finance.

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