Meet our Deputy Dean
Learn more about Rod McNaughton, Deputy Dean of the Business School.
Rod is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management and International Business. He has extensive experience developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and helping
start-ups launch and grow, gained as both an educator and advisor.
As Academic Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rod collaborates across the University to foster and support the development of student entrepreneurship, commercialisation, and University-industry engagement.
An internationally recognised thought leader on entrepreneurship issues, Rod’s scholarly research, focused on the rapid internationalisation of knowledge-intensive new ventures, is published in more than 100 refereed journal articles and books.
In demand as a mentor to start-ups, Rod also works with established companies wanting to enhance their capability to innovate, develop their internationalisation strategy, and lever their market-based assets. A member of the Institute of directors, he has served on numerous advisory and governance boards, and engages with community stakeholders and donors. He is a trustee of the International Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICE) trust, beneficial owner of the IceHouse, New Zealand’s premier provider of business growth services.
Prior to joining the University of Auckland, Rod was the Eyton Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada’s most innovative university.
Rod has also held positions as Chair in Marketing at the University of Otago School of Business, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Lethbridge, and numerous visiting and honorary positions. He received his PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University, and his PhD in Corporate Geography from Western University.