Supervisors and topics

Researchers in the department are highly active in their fields and have strong business and academic links in New Zealand and internationally.

Tiru Arthanari

Quality management

New approaches in multivariate measurement systems.

  • Research type: Simulation, statistical analysis and analytical
  • Skills required: Modelling, simulation, statistical packages like Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), and/or operations research

Symmetric Travelling Salesman Problem (STSP) and its applications

Developing a genetic algorithm based on a new formulation and comparison.

  • Research type: Simulation, statistical analysis and analytical
  • Skills required: Knowledge of linear programming (LP), modelling, simulation

New polyhedral approaches to Symmetric Travelling Salesman Problem (STSP)

Studying properties of pedigree polytope and their applications in developing heuristics to solve STSP.

  • Research type: Simulation, statistical analysis and analytical
  • Skills required: Knowledge of linear programming (LP), combinatorial optimisation, modelling, simulation

Strategic decision making

Effect of teaching normative decision theory; probability and statistics on leaders and their strategic decisions.

  • Research type: Literature review, Survey research, qualitative and quantitative research modelling
  • Skills required: Qualitative and quantitative research skill, analytical and survey design skills

Human computer interaction

Natural language processing in human computer interaction.

  • Research type: Literature review, Survey research, qualitative and quantitative research modelling
  • Skills required: Artificial Intelligence Markup Language (AIML), qualitative and quantitative research skill, analytical and survey design skills

Supply chain management

A survey aimed at assessing SCM maturity in New Zealand.

  • Research type: Literature review, modeling, simulation- based performance evaluation

Supply chain risks - corruption

How can a systems perspective aid an understanding of corruption?

  • Research type: System dynamics approach, qualitative research modelling, simulation
  • Skills required: System dynamics modelling using packages like iThink, STELLA and MAPSYS

Outsourcing/third party logistics

Studying value-added services offered by third party logistics providers.

  • Research type: Literature review, survey research, qualitative / quantitative modeling
  • Skills required: Qualitative and quantitative research skills, analytical and survey design skills

Fernando Beltrán

RadioSpectrum Policy: 5G

5G refers to a set of mobile wireless technologies that promises very high-speeds and greater access to a much wider variety of services. This project tests mechanisms (auctions) for radio spectrum allocation in an experimental behaviour lab that cater for the new economic characteristics that 5G technology will possibly introduce.

  • Research type: Laboratory behavioural experiments in DECIDE, the University of Auckland Business Decision-making Lab
  • Skills required: Basic game theory (or willing to learn); Managing the web-based lab software application

The UoA Fibre GigaLab

This project seeks to investigate the applications that are most  certain to thrive when a fibre-to-the-home, high-speed broadband network such as NZ’s UFB is used to provide access for households.

  • Research type: Literature review: models of innovative fibre-based services, prototype design
  • Skills required: Knowledge of data communications principles, basic knowledge of an object-oriented programming language

Agent-based computational market design

An agent-based software platform for the design, implementation and testing of market-based resource allocation methods. Currently: simulating bidding strategies in ascending combinatorial auctions.

  • Research type: Coding, software testing, prototype design
  • Skills required: Programming language, agent-based simulation language

Johnny Chan

Blockchain and decentralisation

What and how could distributed ledger technology like blockchain radically change the relationship among people, institutions and societies through decentralisation?

  • Research type: Systematic review, theory building, system design, and case study
  • Skills required: Qualitative research skills, design thinking, coding and prototyping

Artificial intelligence and machine learning

How to maximise the benefits and minimise the costs of AI to humanity.

  • Research type: Systematic review, theory building, system design, and case study
  • Skills required: Qualitative research skills, design thinking, coding and prototyping, familiarity with machine learning algorithm and tools

Data sovereignty and cybersecurity

How to optimise the protection of confidentiality, integrity, availability, privacy and sovereignty of personal data among individuals and organisations so that we are all digitally safe.

  • Research type: Systematic review, theory building, system design, and case study
  • Skills required: Qualitative and quantitative research skills, design thinking, coding and prototyping

Open source, open data and open government

What are the approaches for individuals and organisations to compete and cooperate in an era of openness when knowledge is no longer a scarcity but attention is?

  • Research type: Systematic review, theory building, and case study
  • Skills required: Qualitative research skills

Innovation and knowledge management

What are the implications of the latest technological advancements (e.g. AI and blockchain) to our understanding of innovation and knowledge management?

  • Research type: Systematic review, theory building, and case study
  • Skills required: Qualitative research skills

Data economy and behavioural economics

What are the essentials for building a data economy? How could we maximise the wellbeing of individuals and societies through the behavioural insight?

  • Research type: Systematic review, theory building, system design, and case study
  • Skills required: Qualitative and quantitative research skills, design thinking, coding and prototyping

Cecil Eng Huang Chua

Information systems design and development

Conceptual modelling.

  • Research type: Systems design and development experiments
  • Skills required: Design technology skills, coding skills, experimental methodology, statistical analysis, possible qualitative skills (eg protocol analysis)

Information technology and people

Project management, virtual communities. Outsourcing - my work tends to be at the project or group level rather than at the organisational or individual level.

  • Research type: Field studies, open to most methodologies except formal (equation-based) modelling, prefer empirical work
  • Skills required: I’m quite flexible, but I’m better known for my qualitative work. I do both positivist and interpretive qualitative work. Particular emphasis on metaphor and novel theoretical lenses.

Lesley Gardner

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Investigation of the diffusion of GIS into the NZ workplace.

  • Research type: Literature review, survey, case study, statistical analysis
  • Skills required: Qualitative and quantitative research skill, analytical and survey design skills

Hypermedia and information systems development

Investigation of the appropriateness of hypermedia techniques for information storage and retrieval in the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

  • Research type: Literature review, empirical modelling
  • Skills required: Analysis, design, modelling, programming

Lech Janczewski

Information security

Security policies as function of companies goals; management of access methods for health records; cyber terrorist and cyber warfare models.

  • Research type: Literature review, case study, survey method
  • Skills required: Proven interest in info security

Jaeseok Lee

Operations and supply chain management

Knowledge outsourcing under project scope uncertainty and information asymmetry.

  • Research type: Literature review, game-theoretic modeling
  • Skills required: Quantitative research skills, game theory

Anson Li

Complex decision-making, systems thinking

Interventions, behaviour and performance in complex systems decision-making.

  • Research type: Literature review, field studies (experiments), investigation upon presently available data
  • Skills required: Qualitative and quantitative research skills

Michael Myers

Information systems

Enterprise integration; social and cultural aspects of IS in organisations.

  • Research type: Literature review, case study, action research, ethnography
  • Skills required: Qualitative research skills

Leith Oliver

Education theory and practise

Business growth.

  • Research type: Literature review, case study, survey method
  • Skills required: Qualitative and quantitative research skills

Tava Olsen

Operations and supply chain management

Supply chain management; pricing and inventory control; stochastic models of operational systems; queueing theory, applied probability and stochastic games.

  • Research type: Literature review, case study, simulation, stochastic modelling, stochastic control, or game theory
  • Skills required: Quantitative research skills, particularly modelling

Valery Pavlov

Supply chain management, behavioral operations management, individual and group decisions

Supply chain coordination with contracts; Allowing for behavioral factors of decision-making (e.g. other regarding preferences) in standard operations management problems (e.g. inventory management); Identification of decision-making biases.

  • Research type: Game theoretic models and laboratory experiments
  • Skills required: Multivariate calculus and statistics

Ami Peiris

Design and implementation of evolving intelligent systems that support decision makers solve complex organisational problems

Specialising in appropriate use of state-of-the-art technologies such as machine learning and big data analytics; ubiquitous recommendation systems.

  • Research type: Design science research; qualitative and quantitative research
  • Skills required: Be willing to work hard

Gabrielle Peko

Design and implementation of sustainable adaptive systems that are flexible and evolvable and support informational, decisional, knowledge and collaboration needs of organisations

Adaptive enterprises and systems; interweaving of deliberate and emergent strategies; process, information, decision, and social modelling; sustainability modelling and reporting; ubiquitous information systems; enterprise systems and their implementation.

  • Research type: Theory building, qualitative and quantitative research, netnography, surveys, interviews, delphi
  • Skills required: Analytical mind, curiosity, commitment, and diligence

Timofey Shalpegin

New product development

Supply chain coordination in collaborative product development.

  • Research type: Formal modelling
  • Skills required: Quantitative research skills, game theory

David Sundaram

Design and implementation of sustainable adaptive systems that are flexible and evolvable and support informational, decisional, knowledge and collaboration needs of organisations

Adaptive organisations and supporting them through the interweaving of deliberate and emergent strategies; Process, information, decision, and social modelling; Sustainability modelling and reporting; Ubiquitous information systems; Enterprise systems and their implementation.

  • Research type: Theory building, systems design, and evaluation; qualitative and quantitative research; netnography, surveys, coding, programming, interviews, delphi
  • Skills required: Be willing to work hard

(Not available for supervisison from 2017-2018)

Arvind Tripathi

Information systems

E-commerce, social networks, open source software, supply chain management.

  • Research type: Empirical studies, game theory, econometric modelling, survey, case studies
  • Skills required: Quantitative or qualitative skills

Xinwei Wang

Information systems

Mobile marketing promotion; Cross-cultural study of information system design; IT policy compliance.

  • Research type: Quantitative, survey, experimental method
  • Skills required: Quantitative skills, web design, programming