Management and International Business

Profiling Resilience to Climate Change in New Zealand’s Primary Industries


Dr Daniel Tisch
Faculty of Business
Project code: BUS006

Climate change effects the productivity of New Zealand’s dairy, meat, wine, wool and horticulture industries. Resilience to drought, flood, fire, sea-rise and extreme temperature fluctuations are part of New Zealand’s National Science Challenge programme. Building on international research for resilience and data previously collected across rural communities in New Zealand, this project aims to profile the challenge for New Zealand’s primary industries. The goals for the NHSRS student are i) to compile secondary data from industry sources and crown research institutes using NVivo software and ii) to assist the lead researcher to develop criteria for inter-regional comparisons of resilience capabilities. The anticipated output from the student is a progress report for these goals, which may be structured to fulfil requirements for academic credit from the student’s home university.

Mining the web for activity diversification in non-profit organisations


Dr Grigorij Ljubownikow
Faculty of Business
Project code: BUS007

In this project, you will contribute to a wider research program that explores how non-profit organisations and charities diversify their activities. The primary goal of the focal project is to collect data. Hence, with the guidance of the supervisor, you will be involved in a computer-assisted data collection process. Initially, this will involve web scraping and building up a dataset from the extracted data. In the second stage, you will be involved in applying text mining algorithms such as topic modelling to extract meaning from the data. In the process, you will learn how to use the R statistical language. (Prior knowledge of R is beneficial, but training can be provided for suitable candidates). Apart from gaining or refining your technical computer skills, you will learn about the research process. Specifically, how a research question translates into a data collection procedure and subsequently into answers to the question (hopefully).

Modern slavery in developed countries


Prof. Snejina Michailova
Faculty of Business
Project code: BUS008

Modern slavery has victimised millions of people worldwide. In 2016, there were more than 40 million slaves - human beings subjected to slavery, forced labour, bonded labour, human trafficking, and other forms of exploitation. As the phenomenon is global, developed countries are not immune to slavery and there is hardly an industry that is protected from it.
Why and how is it possible that modern slavery not only exists, but often thrives in countries characterised by mature and enforced institutions and by well-developed legal architectures? What makes slavery a profitable (international) business? And why do many consumers feel no guilt when knowingly buying products made with slave labour?
The scholarship student will assist with systematically organising documents, videos, and research material related to these questions. The student will be a member of the Collaborative Group “People and International Business” that Prof Michailova leads at The University of Auckland Business School.