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Research in the Department of Management

We research the latest issues facing the workplace and workers in New Zealand and internationally

Management at Otago undertakes research both in groups and individually. Our research is highly regarded world-wide, and underpins all our teaching programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research interests categories

The following categories are broad, please refer to individual staff profile pages  for detailed research interest information.

Full list of Department of Management staff

Categories Staff
Strategy, innovation, and Entrepreneurship Conor O'Kane, Tadhg Ryan-Charleton, Jing (Annie) Zhang,
Human Resources and Employment Relations Fiona Edgar, Ian McAndrew, Paula O'Kane, Dana Ott
International Business Virginia Cathro, Dana Ott
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership Nancy Blaker, Virginia Cathro, Maja Graso, Brian Spisak
Operations Management Jeff Foote, Richard Greatbanks, Conor O'Kane, Lincoln Wood
Sustainability Sara Walton, Lincoln Wood
Future of Work Paula O'Kane, Diane Ruwhiu, Sara Walton
Māori and Indigenous Business Diane Ruwhiu
Systems Thinking Jeff Foote, Richard Greatbanks, Lincoln Wood
Healthcare Improvement Jeff Foote, Richard Greatbanks, Lincoln Wood

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Seminar Series

Presenters include staff from the Department of Management and other faculties, as well as scholars visiting from other Universities.  More details are listed on our News and Events/Seminar page.

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Ethical approval for research conducted within the Department


At the University of Otago, research involving human participants requires ethical approval. The Department of Management maintains the highest standards in research. We follow a rigorous procedure to ensure that everyone adheres to this standard.

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How to gain ethical approval

To help researchers understand the process for gaining ethical approval, we developed a chart illustrating the processes that must be followed.

View the chart outlining the process for gaining ethical approval in the Department of Management (PDF, 92KB).

For more information on gaining ethical approval for your research project please contact:
Maja Graso (Department Ethical Approval Advisor)
Email: maja.graso@otago.ac.nz

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