Postgraduate Supervision

Co-Constructing Knowledge with Postgraduates

Past and Present Doctoral Students

Barbara Plester - Participant Study of Humor and Organizations

Barbara's Masters and then PhD thesis, looked at the role of humor in organizational life. In her PhD thesis she conducted three participant observation studies and developed knowledge of the role that humor plays in organizational life.

Barbara and I published a paper in the journal Humor, which is the premier humor research journal, based on her Masters research.

We published in Gender, Work and Organization on research methodology, using Judith Butler's work on vulnerability. We also recently collaborated on paper on wearable technology which is soon to be published in the well-regarded journal Organization. We recently collaborated on a paper on organizational play, using excerpts from her PhD's participant journals.

Ira Fachira - Using Narrative Methods to Understand Hairstylists Work Experiences

This thesis analyzed hair stylists online forums using narrative analysis techniques, using the insights of Yiannis Gabriel. Ira produced new understandings of the ways that hairstylists learn on-the-job from each other.

Ira and I co-authored an article in a publication in the highly regarded journal New Technology, Work and Employment. The article focuses on contributing to debates about workplace resistance. The paper explores how hairstylists told stories about challenging customers and contributed to workplace resistance literature.

Roy Smollan - The Emotional Rollercoaster of Organizational Change

Roy interviewed managers who had recently experienced changes such as redundancy and restructuring. His work made a significant contribution to understanding how managers react and adapt to personal disruptive change events.

We have published several papers on this topic and, reflecting the enduring interest and relevance of this topic to managers, these articles are highly cited.

Shamalka Perera - Understanding Inclusion: A Study of Women ICT Employees' Experiences

Shamalka's thesis examined the experiences of women in Information Technology (ICT) professions in New Zealand. Shamalka's work produced new useful knowledge about how women in ICT experience inclusion and can be made to feel more included.

Shamalka and her supervisors produced several conference papers during her research journey which helped her work develop and mature. We are working on journal papers.

Wahab Shabhaz - Mindfulness Experiences of University Staff in New Zealand: An Integrated Workplace Mindfulness Framework

Wahab's thesis examined the mindfulness experiences of university staff who had undergone mindfulness training. He developed understanding of the mindfulness process and ways university staff employ mindfulness techniques to cope with the pressures of their work.

I have several conference outputs with Wahab and he has published several articles from his thesis in top ranked journals.

Feng (Dennis) Yue - Understanding Leadership Theory with a Chinese Lens

Dennis's thesis used a Chinese lens to interrogate the common philosophical roots of Western leadership theories to propose ways ancient Chinese thought might contribute to developing leadership theories. Dennis argued Western leadership practice and theories could benefit from ancient Chinese wisdom practices. He used Francois Julien's unique and insightful texts on Chinese culture and thinking to frame his work.

Lyn McCurdle - The Influence of Tribal, Commercial and Community Aspirations on Strategic Human Resource Choices, Decisions in Indigenous Organizations

Lyn is a current PhD student doing amazing work helping Māori tribal authorities develop the next generations of their talent. A feature of her work has been the respect and trust she has gained as a Pākehā researcher and her reflections on her process will be an important part of her final thesis.

This work has been reported back in multiple events and conferences and has been well-received.

Joy Panoho - A Maori-Centered Inquiry into Health Governance: Maori Directors on District Health Boards

Joy's work examined the experiences of Māori directors on public health boards. She employed post-colonial and indigenous theories to interpret their experiences and suggested ways that Māori experiences on Boards could be enhanced.

Lydia Martin - Reading Women's Literature for Better Leadership Stories

Lydia's Masters thesis analyzed women's literature as a way to interrogate traditional leaderships tropes and offer alternative ways of engaging with leadership education, practice and theory.

The Masters thesis led to a co-publication in Academy of Management Learning and Education, a prestigious journal in the fields of Management and Education.

Lydia and I kept working together as she did her PhD at Auckland University and she is now a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Auckland. We have an article in Gender, Work and Organization on feminist speculative fiction writers' influence on feminist Organizational Studies (e.g. Ursula Le Guin pictured above). We have also published a paper in the FT50 journal Business Ethics on Rosi Braidotti's affirmative ethics. We are currently working on a paper for a Special Issue of Gender, Work and Organization on hope and healing.

Other Outstanding Postgraduate Students

Fiona Colbert - Participant Observation of Aged Care Facility

Fiona's work was a reflective autoethnographic thesis also using participant ethnography. She used her observations in a rest home setting and her own experiences as a daughter helping her parents move into care institutions. Settling a relative into an aged care institution is a process often fraught with intense emotion, such as guilt and dread. She used Foucault's notion of heterotopia to explore the ways residential care facilities try and create homely environments in institutional contexts and explored tensions between institutional life and home life which will help aged care managers improve services.

Olivia Young - Psychogeography - Versailles Derive

This art-based exploratory project employed the work of Guy Debord and the French situationists to understand public art and thus how to manage art installations for maximum impact. The project included a professionally shot short film of the researcher undertaking a psychogeography walk at Versailles in France.

Roison Johnson - Seeking Nature’s Active Voice in Leadership Decision Making

Roison's Masters thesis used Val Plumwood's key text Feminism and the Mastery of Nature to investigate how New Zealand business leaders in the energy sector make decisions about ecological crises of energy, climate change and ecosystem degradation. The purpose of the project was to seek nature’s active voice in the ways leaders talk, and explore the possibilities of truly thinking differently in the energy sector.

Viki Roadley - Restructuring in the Polytech Sector

Viki's thesis used narrative methods to understand the ways that polytechnic employees experienced radical change. She suggested ways to draw on therapeutic methods to help employees re-story their pain and loss. She also used an original methodological process which was to create sculptures representing her participants' experiences.

Viki's sculptured heads were professionally photographed and published in Organizational Aesthetics.

Catherine Poulson - Experiences of New Migrants in the Dairy Sector

Catherine's research looked at the experiences of new migrants coming to New Zealand on work visas and working in the dairy industry. Catherine found significant deficiencies in the ways that new migrants are treated which could be ameliorated by setting better expectations before entry into New Zealand and streamlining government processes.

Catherine's work has been co-published in the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, and in the industry magazine Primary Industries Journal.

Daniel Warsaw - Perceptions of Animal Welfare in Zoos.

Daniel's research used animal welfare scenarios to understand how zoo visitors perceive animal welfare and the role of zoo accreditation in ensuring animal welfare. Zoo practice was affirmed and enhanced by improving communication to visitors about animal welfare issues.

Daniel's work has been co-published in the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, which has an audience of zoo researchers and practitioners.

Cheryl Gush - Leadership with Art and Grief

Cheryl's auto-ethnographic Masters of Leadership Practice thesis explored the connection between grief, art and leadership. Cheryl created the painting above 'Missing the Mooring' as a representation of her anchor to her father, and the lessons learnt by his living that may have informed her own leadership style. The work drew on theories about authentic leadership to explore the role of grief in emotional engagement with others at work.

Ali (to be added)

Ali - Skateboarding Research Report