Doctoral study in Management
When you join us for your PhD in Management, you'll join a high-calibre research community and have the opportunity to publish papers, attend international conferences and develop your network in academia and industry.
Why study with us?
- We are one of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-led business schools: Our Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to hold Triple Crown accreditation from the leading international bodies: AACSB International, EFMD-EQUIS and AMBA.
- The QS World University Rankings by Subject (2018) confirmed the University of Auckland Business School as the best place in New Zealand to study Accounting and Finance, Commercial Law, Business and Management, Economics, Property and Information Systems.
- We are the most innovative university in Australia and New Zealand, ranked 27th, in the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities ranking.
- We offer state-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated postgraduate lounge and computer labs.
We welcome research proposals in topics relating to our key research specialisations:
- Leadership and organisational effectiveness:
How managers understand leadership and how they can become more effective in leadership roles.
- 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 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.
- Corporate governance relationships:
The behavioural aspects of boards of directors 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.
Pursue your topic with us and benefit from exceptional standards of support and supervision from internationally recognised researchers.
Professor Kenneth Husted (Head of Department)
Special interests: Corporate entrepreneurship, innovation and research management, knowledge management, management of R&D and research commercialisation
Professor Peter Boxall
Special interests: Strategic HRM, work and wellbeing (how job quality and the work environment affect employee wellbeing)
Associate Professor Brigid Carroll
Special interests: Identity work in organisations, critical leadership theory, practice, and development, narrative/discourse theory and methodology, transboundary collaboration and system change
Professor Prithviraj Chattopadhyay
Special interests: Relational demography and diversity, managerial cognition, and employment externalisation
Professor Gordon Cheung
Special interests: Structural equation modelling, moderated mediation, latent interaction
Dr Helen Delaney
Special interests: Sociology of work and critical perspectives towards organisations
Associate Professor Ljiljana Erakovic
Special interests: Corporate governance, boards of directors, governance in not-for-profit organisations, organisation theory, organisational design, privatisation and public sector management
Associate Professor Carla Houkamau
Special interests: Diversity management, inter-cultural communication, cross-cultural management
Dr Ross McDonald
Special interests: Spirituality and economics, impacts of multinational corporations in the Pacific Islands and in environmental issues, business ethics in alternative economic systems
Dr Barbara Plester
Special interests: Workplace humour, promoting fun at work, organisational food rituals, organisational misbehaviour, virtual teams, emotions of connectivity
Dr Peter Smith
Special interests: Knowledge intensive firms, strategy-as-practice, theories of practice
Professor James Sun
Human resource management practices and employees’ responses, leadership styles and employee attitude and behaviour, cross-cultural challenges facing Asian and New Zealand business.
Dr Rachel Wolfgramm
Special interests: Economies of wellbeing, status and sustainability in consumption
Past research topics
- The influence of mobile information and communication technologies and user-device interactions on workplace relationships, supervised by Dr Barbara Plester and Dr Helen Delaney
- Emotions in organisations: role of emotional regulation in work-life balance attitudes and behaviours, supervised by Dr Rachel Wolfgramm and Prof Gordon Cheung
- Exploring the social construction of 'Employee Engagement' through discourse analysis, supervised by Associate Professor Brigid Carroll and Dr Helen Delaney
- Corporate governance and its effect on family and non-family corporations in Vietnam, supervised by Associate Professors Ljiljana Erakovic and Christina Stringer
- Abusive coaching and subordinates' skill development among chefs: A curvilinear relationship, supervised by Professors Prithviraj Chattopadhyay and Elizabeth George
- The Impact of Talent Management Practices on Psychological Contract in the Organizations: A Framework for Multigenerational Diversity, supervised by Professors James Sun and Gordon Cheung
- How does executive coaching influence gendered discourses and practices involved in the processes of female professional identity construction, supervised by Dr Helen Delaney and Professor Nigel Haworth
- The predictors and consequence of work engagement: What role dose job crafting play? Supervised by Professor Peter Boxall, Professor Gordon Cheung, and Dr Ann Hutchison
Scholarships and awards
There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your doctoral studies in Commercial Law. These include:
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