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Dr Paula O’Kane



Senior Lecturer, University of Otago

Paula's advice to learners

Drawing on your own experience to understand the teaching in the classroom is the best way to learn.

Paula on working at Executive Education

I really enjoy working with executives, people who experience the workplace day in and day out. Their insights are interesting and they challenge me to think differently about the research, as well as engaging enthusiastically with the material I present.

Paula on her role at Executive Education

I teach communication and people management within the executive education courses. Interpersonal communication sits at the heart of all workplace interactions and is a skill I love helping participants to develop.

People management is integral to the success of any organisation and these papers help executives to understand the practices which can support them as both employees and leaders.

International teaching and industry experience

Paula has been teaching and researching for over 10 years in both the UK and New Zealand. She is primarily interested in how technology impacts how we work, from the way we communicate to how we ‘do’ work. This extends into how work might look in the future and how we use conversations as effective performance management tools.

Paula is an expert in the qualitative analysis tool, NVivo hosting both training and workshops throughout the world. Paula completed her PhD in organisational communication at the University of Ulster before taking up an academic position in Ulster (2005-2010). Her PhD explored the role of technology in Organisational Communication.

Personal membership and key positions

• Human Resource Institute of New Zealand
• Academy of Management
• British Academy of Management
• Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management

Areas of specialisation

• Managing People
• Interpersonal Communication
• Occupational Psychology
• Research Process
• Technology in Organisational Communication
• Performance Management Practices