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Denis Griffin

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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Administration (PhD): Strategic Management, EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Master of Education with specialisation in Applied Linguistics, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Master of Development Studies, Deakin University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts: Development Studies/International Relations, Deakin University, Australia

Academic biography

Denis is a Teaching Fellow in International Business in the Management Department of the Otago Business School. He completed his PhD at the EGADE Business School, the foremost business school in Latin America (Eduniversal rankings). Before graduation he spent a year at McGill University as a visiting PhD student where he participated in the Montreal Joint PhD Program.

As a doctoral student he won international awards for his research from the Texas A&M International University, the Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA), the Business Association of Latin American Studies (BALAS) and the Academy of Management. He has worked in Mexico as a Senior Lecturer in the Postgraduate Division of the National Polytechnic Institute and for nine years as a permanent Lecturer in the Tecnológico de Monterrey, which has been ranked within the top 50 business and management schools in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2017).

In New Zealand, Denis has also worked as a Lecturer in the Auckland University of Technology and as a Senior Lecturer in the Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus. In addition, he is a Facilitator in the case method (University of Western Ontario/Tecnológico de Monterrey). Denis has lived in six countries for at least a year each and has offered his services on a full time voluntary basis for a total of more than five years in four countries, including time spent in an eco-tourism project in Lachatao, a community-based indigenous territory in the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca, Mexico, and Prasad, a rural development programme in Maharashtra, India.


Denis’ research explores the social and economic pillars of sustainability by looking at micro-businesses with access to microcredit in developing countries. Through surveys collected in poverty settings and quantitative methods, such as structural equation modeling, he has measured microfinance performance in terms of loan repayments and capital (social, human and financial) creation and examined how performance is affected by group and community processes.

Also in the context of microfinance and micro-business performance, Denis investigates the influence of the gender composition of groups, the physical environment (rural and urban) and loan methodology (individual, solidarity and village bank loans).

He has presented his work in various international conferences and published in the Journal of Business Research, the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management and the Development Bulletin. In addition, he reviews for Cross Cultural and Strategic Management and has reviewed in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Development, Behavioural Public Policy, Enterprise Development and Microfinance and Naturaleza y Desarrollo.

Research interests

  • Microfinance
  • Social enterprises
  • Sustainable development
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Community-based enterprises

Teaching responsibilities


  • Research Projects Coordinator, Master of International Business (MIntBus)

Publications and proceedings

Griffin, D. (2017). Does gender composition influence loan repayments and capital formation in microfinance groups? Paper presented at the 31st annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, December 8 (Abstract).

Griffin, D. (2017). Group versus individual liability and the capital creation of microfinance. Paper presented at the 6th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference, Massey University, Auckland, November 20 (Abstract).

Griffin, D. (2016). Cohesion, harmony and peer-group pressure: A comparison of microfinance group behaviour and performance in rural and urban Mexico. Paper presented at the 5th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference, Auckland University of Technology, November 25 (Abstract).

Griffin, D., & Husted, B. (2015). Social sanctions or social relations? Microfinance in Mexico. Journal of Business Research, 68(12): 2579-2587.

Griffin, D. (2012). Loan methodology, gender, environment and the formation of capital by Mexican microfinance institutions. Doctoral thesis, EGADE Business School. UMI Dissertation Publishing no. 3528803, Proquest, Ann Arbor, MI (Proquest Dissertations).

Toledo, A., Hernández, J. de la P., & Griffin, D. (2010). Incentives and the growth of Oaxacan subsistence businesses. Journal of Business Research, 63(6): 630-638.

Griffin, D. (2010). Loan methodology, gender, environment and the creation of capital by Mexican microfinance institutions. Working paper, oikos Foundation for Economy and Ecology and the United Nations Development Programme.

Griffin, D. (2009). Gender, loan methodology, environment and the formation of capital by microfinance institutions. Academy of Management Proceedings (Best Papers), Chicago.

Griffin, D. (2008). Normative conflict responses in Mexico and Canada. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, proceedings (CD).

Griffin, D. (2008). Concrete thinking, functionally illiterate consumers and culture. Paper presented at the annual Congress of Research and Development, Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Monterrey, Mexico, abstract proceedings, pp. 214-215.

Griffin, D. (1996). Non government organisations and aid. Development Bulletin, 39: 43-45.