Meet our Associate Deans

Learn more about the Business School's three Associate Deans.

Maureen Benson-Rea

Maureen Benson-Rea, Associate Dean, Postgraduate

Maureen Benson-Rea is Associate Dean, Postgraduate in the Business School, and Associate Professor of Management and International Business.

Maureen specialises in international business (particularly in Europe) and strategic management. With teaching and large-scale programme management experience in the UK, Maureen has also held several positions as an international policy advisor, lobbyist and analyst with a major British business organisation. Her current research interests lie in the area of networks in internationalisation strategies and cooperative business strategies in general.

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Susan Laurenson

Susan Laurenson, Associate Dean, Academic Programmes and International

Susan Laurenson is Associate Dean, Academic Programmes and International in the Business School. She is a member of the Business School’s Senior Management Team, and has served on the Faculty Staffing Committee since 1998.

As Associate Dean she advises on academic programmes including curriculum design and development, and quality assurance. She is responsible for the development and implementation of policies relating to undergraduate recruitment, admissions and enrolment, and academic advisory services for domestic and international students. Susan also chairs the Board of Undergraduate Studies.

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Snejina Michailova

Snejina Michailova, Associate Dean, Research

Snejina Michailova is Professor of International Business in the Department of Management and International Business, and Associate Dean, Research. She earned her PhD degree from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, in 1997.

Snejina's main research areas are international business, management and knowledge management, and her academic work has appeared in the prime journals of all three disciplines. She has previously chaired the departmental research committee and PhD committee. She is also a member of the Council of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, a European research organisation headquartered in Vienna.

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Doug Carrie

Doug Carrie, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching
Doug Carrie, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching

Doug Carrie is the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching and also serves as the Director of First Year Studies and Deputy Head of the Department of Marketing. He holds a PhD from London Business School in the United Kingdom.

Doug's research interests fall in the areas of business/marketing education, the first year undergraduate experience, and advertising and marketing communications. Doug's professional background includes varied management and consulting experience in Canada, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Doug teaches across a range of business and marketing courses, currently mostly at the undergraduate level although he has also often taught at the postgraduate level over the years.

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Tava Olsen

Tava Olsen, Associate Dean, Faculty
Tava Olsen, Associate Dean, Faculty

Tava Olsen is the Associate Dean, Faculty as well as the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Management.  She earned her PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1994.

Tava also serves on the Ports of Auckland Chair of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and is the Academic Director for the NZ Centre for Supply Chain Management.

Her areas of research include: supply chain management, pricing, and inventory control; stochastic models of production, service, and health systems; and analysis and control of queueing systems with setup times.

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Christine Woods

Christine Woods, Associate Dean, Equity
Christine Woods, Associate Dean, Equity

Christine Woods is the Asscociate Dean, Equity and is an Associate Professor in Management and International Business. 

Chris is a specialist in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and teaches entrepreneurship at the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD levels. She also conducts research in the area of Māori entrepreneurship, family business, SME growth, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial behaviour. 

Chris is also part of the Directing team for the ICEHOUSE Business Growth Programmes, and facilitates on the Owner Manager Programme which works with entrepreneurial SMEs.

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Carla Houkamau

Associate Professor Carla Houkamau, Associate Dean Māori
Associate Professor Carla Houkamau, Associate Dean Māori

Carla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business. She is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu and Pākehā/New Zealand European descent.

Carla holds a deep personal interest in the history of Māori-Pākehā relations and promoting cultural understanding, which are reflected in her research, teaching, and past and current leadership roles within the University. Her current research focuses on intergroup relations, chiefly how group memberships influence attitudes and behaviour. Her research using the Multidimensional Model of Māori identity and Cultural Engagement (MMM-ICE) has been recognised nationally and internationally for advancing ethnic identity research using psychometric measures and large samples. Most recently, Carla served as Director of the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development.

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