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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 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 organisation. 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 organisation, locally and internationally. In addition, this course will provide insight to research by, with and for our Indigenous communities, with specific attention on the intersection of Western and Indigenous system of knowledges.

    About this paper

    Paper title Indigenous Management and Organisation
    Subject Management
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    36 200-level points
    MANT 459
    Schedule C

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Diane Ruwhiu

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper. Required readings will be linked via blackboard.

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

    Upon successful completion of this paper, you will be able to or have:

    • A well-developed ability to describe and critically analyse how different world views influence management & organization
    • Identify and critically discuss the key characteristics of Māori perspectives of management and organization
    • A well-developed ability to critically discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist for managers using an Indigenous approach both in New Zealand and internationally
    • Critically analyse the assumptions that underlie Indigenous perspectives of management & organization, and reflect on how these might influence practice
    • A well-developed ability to reflect on and understand the relevance of identity and values to the students understanding of and relationships with other stakeholders in the business environment


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 13:00-14:50 31, 33, 37, 39
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