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 (2021) confirmed the University of Auckland Business School as the best place in New Zealand to study Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Commercial Law, Economics, Information Systems, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Property.
  • We have been named Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Asia-Pacific Triple E Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence Awards in Higher Education out of 300 entries in 2019.
  • We are the most innovative university in New Zealand in the Reuters ranking of Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities for 2019.
  • We offer state-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated postgraduate lounge and computer labs.
  • Our Business School ASB Careers Centre, which was voted “Best New Zealand University Careers Service” by the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers in 2017, can help you with career planning, delivered through a programme of skills workshops, employer interactions and individual support.

Research opportunities

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.

Our people

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 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

Dr Rachel Wolfgramm

Special interests: Economies of wellbeing, status and sustainability in consumption

Past research topics

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:

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Barry Spicer and Owen G Glenn PhD Scholarship

Contact us

Phone the University

  • 923 7186 (within Auckland)
  • 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
  • +64 9 373 7513 (overseas)
For specific information on doctoral study in  Management, please contact the Department of Management and International Business