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MANT358 Special Topic: He Kākano - Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Analysis and application of an Indigenous Māori cultural framework as a lens to better understand innovation and entrepreneurship to consider the process of business creation from ideation through to implementation.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are not new to Indigenous communities. In particular, Indigenous Māori communities have organised their resources to meet their needs and adapt to changing circumstances. Today, Māori enterprises cut across the range of organisational forms and sectors, from small micro-operators to large multi-national corporations. For many Māori businesses their worldview guides strategy, governance and development.

The paper takes a human-centred design approach to innovation and entrepreneurship and will engage with a 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 the process of creation from ideation through to key decision areas such as value proposition, potential markets, financial planning and supply chain considerations.

This paper offers a kaupapa Māori framework as its underlying philosophy of engagement and delivery, so it differs from other entrepreneurship papers in that students must demonstrate their understanding of Māori culture and values through the design of their business model and venture idea. However, students do not need to have a full understanding of the Māori world. This paper should be of interest to all students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship in New Zealand and internationally.

Paper title Special Topic: He Kākano - Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Paper code MANT358
Subject Management
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $863.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,276.80

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54 points at 200-level
Schedule C
May be taken by other approved students who have not fulfilled the normal prerequisite.
Teaching staff
To be advised.
Teaching Arrangements
Two 2-hour lectures per week, for six weeks
One 2-hour workshop per week, for six weeks
36 hours of reading and preparation time
108 hours of time dedicated to assessment preparation
Total: 180 hours

Please note: this paper includes a marae experience scheduled during teaching time.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Readings will be placed on Dropbox and eReserve.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to

  1. Describe how different worldviews influence innovation and define the key characteristics of Indigenous entrepreneurship
  2. Discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist for entrepreneurs using an Indigenous approach both in New Zealand and internationally
  3. Identify and evaluate innovative business opportunities aligned with Māori economic development
  4. Develop and present a new enterprise concept that applies Māori culture and values in business
  5. Critically analyse the assumptions that underlie Indigenous perspectives of innovation and entrepreneurship and reflect on how these might influence practice

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system