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MANT340 Indigenous Management and Organisation

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Analysis and application of an Indigenous Māori cultural framework as a lens to better understand contemporary organisational issues, such as bicultural governance, structure, ethical leadership and organisational behaviours.

Hierarchical, traditional views of organisation and leadership are under much more intense scrutiny, particularly given the complexities of the modern world. Our approach to understanding organisations, business and economy must transition to new perspectives and innovative models that take into account the complex needs of the many diverse communities that make up our world today. This course is engages with Te Ao Māori, a Māori worldview that emphasises people, relationships and outcomes that benefit our communities. It introduces Māori values that are at the heart of many of our most successful tribal and entrepreneurial enterprises in Aotearoa New Zealand. We explore what this means and consider how these values influence processes of management and organization. The concepts, approaches and skills used in this course will be useful whether students move on to start their own ventures or are part of a team looking to improve or innovate within an existing organization, locally and internationally.

Paper title Indigenous Management and Organisation
Paper code MANT340
Subject Management
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $872.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,405.05

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36 200-level points
MANT 459
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Diane Ruwhiu

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this paper, you should be able to

  1. Describe how different world views influence management and organisation
  2. Identify the key characteristics of Māori perspectives of management and organisation
  3. Discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist for managers using an Indigenous approach both in New Zealand and internationally
  4. Critically analyse the assumptions that underlie Indigenous perspectives of management & organisation, and reflect on how might influence practice
  5. Understand the relevance of identity and values to the students understanding of and relationships with other stakeholders in the business environment

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 13:00-14:50 30, 32, 36, 38