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Dr Azka Ghafoor

Azka Ghafoor imageLecturer

Azka joined the Department of Management in 2021, and previously taught and coordinated courses at Auckland University of Technology. She recently graduated with her PhD at the Auckland University of Technology. She looked at the influence of psychological, organizational and work factors on creativity and innovation behaviours as outcomes. She has published in the ABDC ranked journals and is the recipient of the Vice Chancellor Scholarship Award for her PhD. Azka has been in the role of teaching and training for years. At Otago she is teaching entrepreneurship and strategy courses and modules.

Before moving to Dunedin, Azka held the role of a researcher on the National Science Challenge (Science for Technological Innovation), and diploma coordinator. Previously, she had been engaged in training coordinator and management roles in international firms.


  • Creativity and innovation, Creative firms
  • Organizational stressors, work demands and strain
  • Psychological resources
  • Stress, anxiety and wellbeing


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Ghafoor, A., & Haar, J. (2022). Does job stress enhance employee creativity? Exploring the role of psychological capital. Personnel Review, 51(2), 644-661. doi: 10.1108/pr-08-2019-0443

Ghafoor, A., & Haar, J. (2022). Under what conditions can stressors and strain positively influence creativity? A repeat-measure study of psychological resources. International Journal of Stress Management, 29(3), 241-252. doi: 10.1037/str0000258

Haar, J., Martin, W. J., Ruckstuhl, K., Ruwhiu, D., Daellenbach, U., & Ghafoor, A. (2021). A study of Aotearoa New Zealand enterprises: How different are Indigenous enterprises? Journal of Management & Organization, 27, 736-750. doi: 10.1017/jmo.2021.6

Haar, J., Ghafoor, A., O'Kane, C., Daellenbach, U., Ruckstuhl, K., & Davenport, S. (2021). High-performance work systems and manager creativity behaviours: What role do contextual factors play? Evidence-based HRM. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/EBHRM-09-2020-0124