Management, people and organisations
Find out about our research capabilities in management, people and organisations, and who to contact for further details.
Organisations cannot survive without people and cannot reach high levels of performance without building their managerial capabilities.
Research on human relationships in organisations is always going to be highly relevant to managers, employees, unions and governments.
Organisations also have important interactions with the cultures and societies in which they are embedded that need systematic research. Among other topics, researchers in the department are studying:
- Leadership and organisational effectiveness - How New Zealand managers understand leadership, and how they can become more effective in leadership roles. This research stream links the department with the New Zealand Leadership Institute.
- Workforce strategies, employee wellbeing and workplace performance - How organisations adopt work and employment practices and how these practices affect employee wellbeing and organisational performance.
- The management of distributed work in global firms - How teams operating across borders can become more effective.
- The role of labour standards in global regulation and international trade - How domestic employment relations are increasingly influenced by international employment standards.
- Cross-cultural and diversity management - How managers and business organisations interact with different cultures and societies, and how they can become more effective in diverse cultural and social contexts.
- Relationships between boards of directors and management - The behavioural aspects of managing boards and ensuring good governance.
- Business sustainability - The challenges organisations face to become more sustainable and the ways in which business leaders can help them respond.