Brain Drain to Talent Flow by Kerr Inkson, Stuart Carr, Margot Edwards, Jill Hooks, Duncan Jackson, Kaye Thorn and Nicola Allfree
A significant number of New Zealanders never return home from their OE, chasing the opportunities offered by larger economies. Researchers from Massey University initiated a programme to understand more about the motivations of individuals who move in and out of the country. Their
initial research, presented in this article, explored why a sample of 2,200 New Zealanders are currently
choosing to stay abroad.
Foreign Direct Investment to New Zealand by Joanna Scott-Kennel
As the number of foreign-owned enterprises increases in New Zealand, what are the implications for the economy? Researchers have investigated the phenomenon from two perspectives: the parent-affiliate relationship, and how international companies ultimately impact local industries.
Getting serious about voluntary environmental programmes by Eva Collins, Particia Corner, Kate Kearins and Stewart Lawrence
Voluntary Environmental Programmes (VEPs) are activities that businesses undertake, beyond what's legally mandated, to improve their environmental performance. This research provides a local and international context for the development of VEPs, and offers suggestions for companies that are serious about having more than simply a clean-green image.
Auditor Independence by Jeff Cheung and David Hay
In a post-Enron world, the policies for auditors are increasingly being dissected. The NZX has changed
its listing requirements, and The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICANZ) has held an inquiry into the issue. Very little seems to be known about the shareholder perspective. This survey presents new insights about the differing viewpoints of auditors, directors, and shareholders.
Andrew Ferrier on Fonterra's Future by Andrew Ferrier
In a speech he presented for the University of Auckland Business School, the CEO of Fonterra outlined the company’s changing circumstances and strategic direction. The company has global market power, but will it be hindered or helped by its co-operative governance model?
Global Ambitions by Ian McCrae
Having taken Orion Systems from ground zero to its status as an international provider of healthcare IT systems, Ian McCrae reflects on the company’s decade of growth, the lessons learned, and his aspirations for the future.
How to build an Innovation System by Peter Lee
People in every business contribute valuable ideas, but how many inspirations are successfully commercialised? According to Peter Lee, a robust development system requires rigorous discipline and a market-oriented perspective. In this article, he outlines his experiences and some innovation fundamentals.
Explore: Future-proofing the fishing industry
New Zealand's seafood industry plays an increasingly vital role in the economy. In addition to supporting 26,000 jobs throughout the country, exports have tripled in the past 20 years from around $500 million to $1.4 billion, with the industry forecasting growth to reach $2 billion by 2010. "A large part of this increase in value", explains Dr. ManukaHenare, "can be attributed to innovative value-added products and processes, including the development and rapid expansion of new aquaculture activities". Henare, Associate Dean for Maori & Pacific Development at the University of Auckland Business School and Director of the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Maori & Pacific Economic Development, is managing a research project to understand how innovation and growth occurs in the seafood sector.
Explore: Innovation through Collaboration
Steve Barnett, based at the University of Auckland's Tamaki campus, is a Senior Tutor in the Bachelor of Business Information Management (BBIM). He's also actively involved in a scheme that will provide a range of businesses with a home at the campus. "The key", he says, "is establishing collaborative relationships, firstly across our disciplines but also with companies and industries". These on-site industry partnerships will create clusters for identifying and launching research projects.
Explore: The pursuit of IT talent
With the aim of building connections between the university and the corporate sector, a long-running course in the University of Auckland Business School's Department of Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) has connected hundreds of students with industry. The course, which was pioneered in 1986 by Associate Professor Dr. Lech Janczewski, is now called Information Systems Project INFOSYS 340, and involves students in an intensive companyoriented IT-related project.
Explore: Golden Opportunities with the Dragon
The recent Gateway to China Trade Summit presented a forum to learn more about the business opportunities with China, a rapidly developing nation of 1.3 billion consumers. The conference was further recognition of China's status as a free market economy, and was hosted by several organisations, including the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the New Zealand Asia Institute (NZAI). The forum brought together a multitude of political, diplomatic and business experts.
Explore: Headstart for young scientists
Biowiz, a wide-ranging initiative to develop entrepreneurs and scientists in the biotechnology industry, provides school and university students with early opportunities to experience the industry. Funded by the Enterprise Skills and Culture Activities Funds of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Biowiz was established to ensure the country develops skilled leaders in the ever-changing fi elds of bio-sciences and bio-technologies.
Explore: Management skills for SMEs
Research to develop a framework for building management capability in SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in New Zealand is underway. The project is being conducted for the Ministry of Economic Development through the SME Research Centre at Massey University, Wellington. Dr Marie Wilson, Associate Professor in the Department of Management & Employment Relations at the University of Auckland Business School, is involved in the project and sees it as critical to learning more about the local context for management.
Explore: The leaders of tomorrow
The New Zealand Leadership Institute, a national initiative to enhance the understanding of leadership and ensure the country has talented and skilled leaders, is currently developing a Future Leaders Programme. The 18-month programme will be focused on developing the leadership potential of young leaders, and it will take a holistic approach to leadership development. The participants build an awareness of themselves as leaders, how they relate to others and how they behave as leaders within different contexts. The multifaceted programme will incorporate diverse learning experiences including capability assessment, reflective practice, group activities, forums with established leaders, the discussion of theory, and active projects in the community. In addition to face-to-face workshops, there will be virtual forums and self-directed learning. The programme challenges each participant to create development initiatives specific to them, within the supportive environment provided by the Institute.