Victoria Business School

Past Events

National Forum: A More Inclusive New Zealand

Date: 27 July 2015

Time: 9.00 am

Venue: Museum of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa

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Keynote international speakers: Professor Stephen Jenkins (London School of Economics) & Professor Miles Corak (University of Ottawa)

About the Forum

The purpose of the forum is to bring government, non-government and community organisations together to discuss ideas and action on how to create a more inclusive New Zealand. The forum will promote discussion and diversity of thought. The forum will be evidence and story driven and solution focussed. The forum is essentially a collaborative workshop bringing together government, non-government and community organisations to discuss ideas and action on how to create a more inclusive New Zealand.

The goal is to develop a shared understanding of the key issues that will allow every New Zealander to fully participate in the economy and society, with a focus on enhancing opportunities and capabilities. As part of this we hope to develop a better understanding of the appropriate balance between government, non-government organisations and communities in enhancing a more inclusive New Zealand.

Structure

The core part of the day will be focused around conversation sessions.

National experts (such as Diane Robertson – Auckland City Mission, David Hanna – Wesley Community Action, Dr Lance O’Sullivan – GP from Northland) will talk about issues around Māori well-being, hardship, regional well-being, children, communities, housing and health.

The conversation sessions will be structured around their stories, identifying the drivers, influences, systems and processes. Participants will split into small groups to identify and discuss issues and key drivers and potential processes and solutions.

The last part of the day will include reflection on what was developed from the conversation sessions and how we can take this forward.

Register for this event by emailing igps@vuw.ac.nz.

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Conferences

Global Political Marketing and Management Conference 2015

Date: 5–7 June 2015

Time: 4.00 pm

Venue: Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon

Beehive building and Victoria Business School

The theme of Global Political Marketing and Management Conference 2015 explores the recent trend in political marketing to move from a short-term transaction-based approach, to a relationship and network-based approach.

Keynote speakers for this event include:

  • Hon Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister
  • Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington

The conference also presents a diverse line-up of researchers, including academics from New Zealand, Australian and American universities, and political practitioners including former Green Party co-leader Russel Norman; the Programme is available below.

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Western Economic Association International Conference

Date: 8–11 January 2015

Time: 12.00 pm

Venue: Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

The Western Economic Association International Conference (formerly Pacific Rim) was started in 1994, and brings between 300 and 500 economists from around the world for an exchange of ideas.

Founded in 1922, Western Economic Association International is a non-profit academic society dedicated to the encouragement and dissemination of economic research and analysis.

Keynote speakers at the 11th International Conference, held in Wellington this year, include:

  • Robert F. Engle, New York University Stern School of Business, recipient of the 2003 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, "Latest Results in Systemic Risk"
  • Christopher A. Sims, Princeton University, recipient of the 2011 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, "Fiscal Policy to Escape the Zero Lower Bound"
  • David Card, University of California, Berkeley, recipient of the 1995 John Bates Clark Medal, "Model Based or Design Based? Competing Approaches in Empirical Microeconomics"
  • John Pencavel, Stanford University, Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, “Whose Preferences are Revealed in Hours of Work?”

Further details, including registration and programme details, are available from the Western Economic Association International Conference website.

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Information Events

Business Case Competition: Information Session

Date: 6 May 2015

Time: 5.00 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

An invitation for Victoria University undergrad students from all disciplines to find out about the second round of the 2015 Business Case Competition.

The second VBS Business Case Competition on Saturday 9 May will select a team for Round Two of the National League, also held during May.

Hone your presentation & analytical skills, and get noticed by a judging panel that will include representatives from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG New Zealand.

  • Information session on Wednesday 6 May, Level 12 Boardroom of Rutherford House, from 5.00-5.30pm
  • Entries close Thursday 7 May @ midday
  • Register or get further details from the Victoria Business Consulting Club website.

Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice Roadshow

Date: 6 May 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

Would you like to spend a year in the USA studying health policy? Inviting all mid-career health focused professionals including practitioners, researchers, policy analysts, journalists, and legal experts.

This roadshow offers an overview of the Fellowship programme, details of the Fellowships, the types of research projects that can be undertaken, and an explanation of the application process.

Bring your questions along to this interactive session featuring contributions from NZ Harkness Fellows and a member of the Fellowship selection panel:

  • Chair: Dr Karen Poutasi, Chief Executive of NZQA and Chair of the NZ Selection Committee for Harkness Fellowships
    Previously Karen was the Director General of Health and has worked in senior management roles across the health sector. She received a CNZM for services to health in 2006.
  • Harkness Fellow: Professor Ron Paterson
    Ron is a New Zealand Parliamentary Ombudsman and Professor of Law at the University of Auckland (currently on leave). He was New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner 2000–2010. Ron held a Harkness Fellowship at Georgetown University in 1998–99. He is an international expert on patients’ rights, complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions, and author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012).
  • Harkness Fellow: Martin Hefford
    Martin is CEO of Compass Health. Prior to joining Compass, he was Director Primary Healthcare and Community Services at Counties Manukau DHB, and was also a director of Australasian consultancy firm, Sapere Research Group. He has 20 years’ experience in health services planning and change management and has held many roles in the health sector. Martin was a 2003 Harkness Fellow, and was based at Kaiser Permanente.

There is no charge and all are welcome to attend. Please email your interest to Briar Naish: briar@campbellnaish.com.

Commerce and Law Careers Expo

Date: 17 March 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus

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Come along to the Careers Expo for Commerce and Law Students

  • 39 stalls jam packed with career opportunities
  • free professional memberships available
  • free careers advice and handouts
  • summer internships and graduate opportunities on offer

Check out The Expo Directory (PDF, 986KB) for more info about who will be here, and come to meet these organisations in person.

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Other Events at Victoria

Stories of Food, Travel and the Future

Date: 25 August 2015

Time: 5.45 pm

Venue: The Thistle Inn, Mulgrave Street, Thorndon

Presenters: Dr Ian Yeoman, Victoria Business School & Sarah Meikle, Festival Director of Visa Wellington On a Plate

Background

Food prevails in almost every aspect of life and can be seen as a necessity or a luxury indulgence. It reflects position and status; indeed, foods such as Scottish haggis or Indian curries represent places and identity. Everyone has stories about good food and places.

But what about the future? Will everyone be cooking like Heston Bluemthal, or will fast food prevail.

Please be our guest when Dr Ian Yeoman and Sarah Miekle (Director, Visa Wellington on Plate) talk about their food stories and Ian's new book, The Future of Food Tourism.

Capacity is limited for this free event, with ticket only entry. Reserve your spot via the Wellington on a Plate website.

Business Case Competition: Information Session

Date: 30 July 2015

Time: 5.00 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

An invitation for Victoria University undergrad students from all disciplines to find out about the KPMG Business Case Competition.

Beginners are welcome to enter the KPMG Business Case Competition on Saturday 1 August -- you can enter as a team or be allocated a team. Lunch will be provided.

Hone your presentation & analytical skills, and get noticed by a judging panel that will include representatives from KPMG New Zealand.

Information sessions from 5.00-5.30pm:

  • Thursday 30 July, Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Register or get further details from the Victoria Business Consulting Club website.

Ideas on Tap: Institutional Challenges of Doing Business in Asia

Date: 30 June 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: The Thistle Inn, Mulgrave Street, Thorndon

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Ideas on Tap is a series of informal research talks presented by Victoria Business School. Our speaker in June is Professor Siah Hwee Ang, BNZ Chair in Business in Asia.

Note: numbers for this venue are limited; RSVP by Friday 26 June to kay.demalmanche@vuw.ac.nz.

Background

The diversity of Asian markets poses significant institutional challenges to any New Zealand organisation looking for a way in. For a start, there are various regulatory, cultural and business practices that need to be understood to even get to first base. Then there is the competitive and aggressive behaviour of other organisations clamouring for market share to contend with.

This talk explores these elements to highlight the importance of analysing the institutional environments that shapes an organisation's strategy in Asia.

About Professor Siah Hwee Ang

Professor Siah Hwee Ang is the inaugural BNZ Chair in Business in Asia, a position sponsored by the Bank of New Zealand. He previously taught at Auckland Business School and Cass Business School, City University, London. He also taught at the National University of Singapore Business School, where he completed his PhD.

Professor Ang's main research interests are in the fields of corporate strategy, international business strategy and technology strategy. He also has special interests in biotechnology, venture capital, reputation dynamics, evolution of ideas and knowledge, and management research methods. He has worked/is currently working with executives from Fletcher Building, Fairfax Media, TVNZ, and Fonterra.

Debate 3: The ‘Investment Approach’ Provides a Helpful New Tool for Public Spending Policy and Evaluation

Date: 22 June 2015

Time: 4.00 pm

Venue: MBIE Building, 15 Stout Street, on the Groundfloor

Chair in Public Finance event.

Speakers: Derek Gill (Principal Economist, NZIER) and Dr Bill Rosenberg (Economist and Director of Policy, NZCTU), with commentary from Fiona Ross (Deputy Secretary, Budget and Public Services, The Treasury)

The 'investment approach to welfare', advocated and implemented by the National government as a basis for redesigning social welfare policy, has been the subject of various economic critiques. Most notably, that traditional social cost-benefit analysis provides a superior approach to evaluating policy outcomes or making policy choices.

So, is the widening of the investment approach to a broader range of public spending and policies flawed for the same reasons? Or does an investment approach provide a better basis for future Budget spending decisions?

Speakers will outline the arguments for and against each of these views. This debate will be followed by refreshments.

A series of three debates organised by the Chair in Public Finance (Victoria University of Wellington) and the Government Economics Network.

2015 Public Finance Debate Series - 2

Date: 20 May 2015

Time: 3.00 pm

Venue: MBIE Building, 15 Stout Street, on the Groundfloor

Chair in Public Finance event.

Professor Jackie Cumming, Director of the Health Services Research Centre (for the motion) vs Geoff Simmons, General Manager of the Morgan Foundation (against the motion), with commentary from Dr Bronwyn Croxson,
Chief Economist at the Ministry of Health

Debate 2: Economic Evidence Should Play a Greater Role in Health Policy Evaluation

Should health interventions be assessed on evidence of clinical or economic success? One view is that economic evidence should play a greater role in health policy evaluation. Such evidence could, for example, help decide which interventions should be prioritised for funding within limited budgets.

An alternative view, however, argues that the difficulties in measuring the outputs, let alone outcomes, of the health system mean that economic measures are limited. Rather than economic evaluation, health policy should place greater weight on clinical measures and judgements.

Speakers will outline the arguments for and against each of these views. This debate will be followed by refreshments.

A series of three debates organised by the Chair in Public Finance (Victoria University of Wellington) and the Government Economics Network.

IMCNZ-VBS Forum: Growing Strategic Financial Management Capability

Date: 19 March 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Railway Building, RWW 315

NZIMCVictoria Business School and the Institute of Management Consultants New Zealand invite you to a presentation in Wellington from Paul Helm, Chief Government Accountant and Head of the Finance Profession for the state sector.

  • Where: Railway West Wing, Room 315 (RWW315)
  • Time: 5.30-7.00 pm (Drinks and nibbles supplied)
  • RSVP: Bookings are essential. Email info@imcnz.org your attendance so that we can cater accordingly
Background:

Paul Helm will explain his role as Head of the Finance Profession for the state sector, explain his plans to grow strategic financial management capability with a strong future orientation based on building demand and supply for such skills. He will discuss how a business focused finance team can support business case development and assist to achieve the intended outcome.

The close working relationship of a CIO, CFO managers and project managers are key to successful outcomes through trusted business partnerships, Paul will talk though how that was achieved when implementing SAP at the New Zealand Transport agency.

Paul joined The Treasury in 2014 as the inaugural Head of the Finance Profession for the state sector. He was previously CFO at the New Zealand Transport Agency and has worked across a range of government departments, while coaching other senior finance executives. Paul has significant experience in public sector financial management at strategic and budget levels with experience of managing cash flows, borrowing facilities, and statutory compliance. He has also worked in commercial decision-making, including on public-private-partnerships. One of the projects that he led at NZTA was the successful implementation of SAP finance, real estate and project/ program management tools.

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Public Lectures

Talk by the President of the Asian Development Bank

Date: 31 August 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)

Special Event: a public talk by Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank

Background

As globalisation and economic integration deepen, regional cooperation and integration becomes more important for future growth and development.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takahiko Nakao will discuss the economic situations and outlook for Asia and the Pacific countries and their responses to policy challenges during this special public address. The talk will include the way in which ADB is supporting different sub-regions of Asia, as well as the status of regional cooperation initiatives and development challenges specific to New Zealand's Pacific island neighbours.

NOTE: You must REGISTER for this event; RSVP to igps@vuw.ac.nz using the subject line: 'RSVP for Takehiko Nakao talk'.

Co-hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.

Making Administrative Reform Work

Date: 12 August 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 2, GBLT2

Speaker: Professor Eko Prasojo, Faculty of Social Science and Political Science, University of Indonesia

Background

The former Deputy Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform in Indonesia, will give a talk on what has been learnt from their administrative reform process to date.

Hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies. All welcome, no RSVP required; email any enquiries to igps@vuw.ac.nz.

Inaugural Lecture: Understanding Organisations in an Outsourced World

Date: 21 April 2015

Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)

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The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Grant Guilford, invites you to the inaugural lecture to be given by Professor of Information Systems, Benoit Aubert.

Understanding Organisations in an Outsourced World

A fundamental question in management and economics is to understand how firms set the boundary between internal activity and what is purchased externally. In recent years, information technology (IT) has changed how we view organisations. Massive outsourcing and internal changes have played a role, as well as 'offshoring', in which an organisation relocates a business process such as manufacturing from one country to another.

This presentation will outline the drivers behind outsourcing and offshoring and explore some key challenges associated with the management of organisations. For instance, how do we innovate in 'deconstructed' organisations, when large portions of activities are outsourced? And how do we ensure that a firm uses IT to become more productive?

  • Refreshments will be served following the lecture.
  • RSVP by Friday 17 April
    – Phone 04-463 6700
    – email rsvp@vuw.ac.nz with ‘Aubert’ in the subject line
About Professor Aubert

Professor Benoit Aubert is Head of the School of Information Management. He has been researching outsourcing, productivity and innovation, risk management, and new forms of organisation for over 25 years and his research has been widely published. He has a long record of collaboration with both private and public organisations, leading to some of his research results in risk management being commercialised.

The Business of Bribery: A Public Debate on the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill

Date: 15 April 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 4 (GBLT4)

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Speaker: Dr Michael Macaulay, Associate Professor in Public Management, Executive Editor for the International Journal of Public Administration, and Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.

The Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill is currently being examined by the Law and Order Select Committee (read all of the submitted evidence on the Parliament website). One of the stated aims of the Bill is to update New Zealand legislation so that it will finally be able to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and other international commitments.

But does the Bill go far enough … or does it go too far? Will it have punitive effects on business or will it enable New Zealand to enact international leadership in ethics and integrity?

Come and listen to both sides of the debate, and have your say on this crucial topic.

Public lecture - all welcome

European Challenges: The Baltic Outlook

Date: 26 March 2015

Time: 5.40 pm

Venue: Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)

The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, in conjunction with the European Union Delegation to New Zealand and the Embassy of Latvia, invite you to a public address by H.E. Andris Teikmanis, Ambassador of Latvia to New Zealand.

European Challenges: The Baltic Outlook

Background:

Ambassador Andris Teikmanis will present the Baltic outlook on the trends and processes in Europe today by presenting Latvian positions, views and priorities which have been defined in the course of the Presidency of the EU Council as well as having a closer look at relations with their Eastern neighbour, Russia. Mr Teikmanis will also provide insights on how Latvia has developed its bilateral relations with New Zealand and explain why New Zealand is important partner for Latvia and the European Union.

Ambassador Teikmanis is an experienced European diplomat serving more than 20 years for the Latvian diplomatic service. He has been a top Latvian diplomat in Germany and Russia, and is now representing Latvia to New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has served also as State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was a Mayor of Latvian capital city of Riga. While his mother tongue is Latvian, the Ambassador speaks English, Russian and German.

Latvia is the central country of the Baltic States (between Estonia and Lithuania) and is located in Northern Europe on the east coast of the Baltic Sea. With a history of nearly 100 years as a republic and 25 years since the regaining of independence, Latvia has a population of 2 million people and one of the most vibrant and fastest growing economies in the region. Latvia is a member of the European Union, NATO and Eurozone, and holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2015.

Light refreshments will be provided from 6:40pm.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Do Stakeholders Really Care?

Date: 17 March 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Level 1, BNZ Harbour Quays Building, 60 Waterloo Quay

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Professor Bob Buckle, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce at Victoria Business School, invites you to a Lecture by Dr Sankar Sen, Professor of Marketing at Baruch College, City University of New York.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Do Stakeholders Really Care?

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a concept that has captured the imagination of businesses today, with worldwide consensus that a company’s commitment to maximising long-term societal and environmental well-being through its business practices is a strategic imperative because of its ability to not only do good, but also elicit company-favouring responses from important stakeholder groups.

However, polls reveal that most companies are still struggling to optimise their CSR efforts, partly due to their uncertainty about the conditions under which such efforts maximise stakeholder-driven value.

Professor Sen will draw on both his own research and that of many others in this area to focus on three questions that all managers engaging, or hoping to engage, in CSR must answer:

  1. What is CSR?
  2. Why do/should companies engage in CSR?
  3. How can a company optimise its CSR efforts to create value for both itself and society?

RSVP by 9 March to kay.demalmanche@vuw.ac.nz.

Please arrive in time to be seated by 5.30pm; light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

About Professor Sankar Sen

Dr Sankar Sen is Professor of Marketing at Baruch College, City University of New York, and has held positions at Temple University, New York University, Boston University, and the Sasin Institute of Management at Chulalongkorn University.

Professor Sen’s research interests lie in the areas of consumer decision making and corporate social responsibility. In particular, he investigates when, how and why consumers and employees respond to companies’ corporate social responsibility/sustainability endeavors.

He has lectured extensively on this topic in academic, company, and industry forums in North and South America, Europe and Asia, and his book, Leveraging Corporate Responsibility: The Stakeholder Route to Maximizing Business and Social Value, was published by Cambridge University Press.

His research has appeared in both academic and practitioner-directed journals and been cited in leading media outlets, and he has consulted with various companies.

Professor Sen teaches marketing classes at undergraduate, MBA/MS, Executive MBA/MS and PhD levels, and has received numerous teaching awards from various institutions over the years.

China's New Model of Economic Growth

Date: 19 February 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)

Speaker: Professor Ross Garnaut, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Abstract

China's economic growth in the reform era since 1978 has been through a number of phases, beginning with market liberalisation and higher prices in the rural economy. From 2000 until 2011, there was uninhibited investment expansion. Driven by the highest investment share of GDP in any economy on a sustained basis, it saw the highest sustained rate of growth of output ever in a significant economy. Growth was exceptionally energy-intensive and metals intensive and drove the global resources boom. The early twenty first century growth elevated China to the world's largest trading economy and second largest economy. It also increased inequality in income distribution and placed great pressure on the global and local environment.

A new model of economic growth since 2011 is delivering more moderate and less energy- and metals-intensive growth, starting to reduce inequality and moving to reduce local environmental pressures as well as China's contribution to risks of global climate instability. That has brought the global resources boom to a painful end. China remains a growing market for many goods and services, including high value foodstuffs and internationally tradeable services.

This lecture examines the evolution of China's model of economic growth and assesses progress on the new model.

Bio

Professor Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He has held senior roles in universities, business, government and other Australian and international institutions, and is Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at The University of Melbourne.

He has been consulted on trade policy and relations with Asia and the Pacific by the Prime Minister and senior Ministers of successive Australian governments since the Fraser Government (1975-1983). He has also held positions as Chairman of the boards of large Australian and international public companies continuously since 1988, including the Bank of Western Australia, the Primary Industry Bank of Australia and Aluminium Smelters of Victoria. He was Chairman of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research from 1994 to 2000 and also held the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC) from 2006 to June 2010.

Hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies. All welcome, no RSVP required; email any enquiries to igps@vuw.ac.nz.

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Seminars

Brand Buzz in the Echoverse

Date: 4 September 2015

Time: 10.30 am

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Harald van Heerde, Research Professor of Marketing, Massey University, Auckland, & Extramural Fellow at Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Abstract

Social media has created a reverberating "echoverse" for brand communication, forming complex feedback loops between corporate communications, news media, and user-generated social media. To understand these feedback loops, we process longitudinal, unstructured data from these various communications sources using computational linguistics techniques and analyse the results using econometric methods. By assembling one of the most comprehensive brand communication datasets in the brand communications literature with multiple types of corporate communications, news stories, and social media, we find that the echoverse exists; feedback loops can be found between all of these sources.

Furthermore, the echoverse has intensified as online word-of-mouth has become more prevalent. Over time, online word-of-mouth has become more impactful on news stories, firm communications, consumer sentiment and business outcomes, while traditional consumer sentiment measures have shown less impact. The nature of brand communications has been transformed by online technology as corporate communications moves increasingly from one-to-many (e.g. advertising) to one-to-one (e.g. Twitter) while consumer word-of-mouth moves increasingly from one-to-one (e.g. conversations) to one-to-many (e.g. social media).

Results question the effectiveness of traditional advertising and suggest that companies can benefit from using social media (e.g. Twitter) for personalised responses to customers, as opposed to "broadcast" social media messages. In general the evolving echoverse requires rethinking brand communication strategies, with online communications becoming increasingly central.

Bio

Harald van Heerde (PhD 1999, University of Groningen, The Netherlands) is Research Professor of Marketing at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand and Extramural Fellow at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His research uses econometric models to measure the effectiveness of marketing activities (such as sales promotion, advertising, assortment) on sales. He is working on new research on a wide range of marketing issues, including new media, mobile marketing, product-harm crises, price wars, business cycles, the marketing of music, tourism marketing, brand equity and marketing in emerging countries.

Hosted by the School of Marketing and International Business, this presentation will be followed by a light lunch. RSVP to marketing@vuw.ac.nz.

Investing for Success: Social Impact Bonds and the Future of Public Services

Date: 2 September 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

Speakers: Dr Bryce Wilkinson (Senior Fellow) & Jenesa Jeram (Research Assistant) at the New Zealand Initiative

Background

In June 2015, the Ministry of Health announced New Zealand’s first social bond will focus on delivering employment services to people suffering from mental illness. Despite being in development since 2013, this was the first time most New Zealanders had heard of the social bonds pilot.

Social bonds, known as Social Impact Bonds internationally, are a new means of funding and delivering social services. The pilot comes at a time when the Government is actively considering changes to the way social services have traditionally been delivered.

Prior to the Ministry of Health’s announcement, The New Zealand Initiative released a report on the subject: Investing for Success: Social Impact Bonds and the future of public services. The report's authors, Jenesa Jeram and Dr Bryce Wilkinson, explain what Social Impact Bonds are, the possible benefits of the model, whilst remaining realistic about the challenges that must be overcome. The report reviews the international experience and practice to date to draw lessons for their application to New Zealand.

Bio

Jenesa Jeram is a Research Assistant at The New Zealand Initiative working alongside Executive Director Dr Oliver Hartwich.

Dr Bryce Wilkinson is a Senior Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative. Bryce is also the director of economics consultancy Capital Economics.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

New Zealand is Corruption-free - or is it?

Date: 25 August 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

Why do we need the Organised Crimes and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill? Why does New Zealand need to fully ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption?

Background

The Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill is into its second reading (you can read all of the submitted evidence here). One of the stated aims of the Bill is to update New Zealand legislation so that it will finally be able to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and other international commitments. What does the Bill mean for business, government and the community?

Speakers
  • Louella Cumming, Partner-KPMG Advisory practice and Head of Government Services for KPMG New Zealand
  • Fiona Tregonning, Senior Associate-Bell Gully, past director of Transparency International New Zealand
  • Third speaker TBC

NOTE: You must REGISTER for this event; RSVP to igps@vuw.ac.nz using the subject line: 'RSVP for Corruption free NZ'.

Co-hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Transparency International New Zealand.

The Impact of Early Career Peers and Job Opportunities on Lifetime Success

Date: 21 August 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Professor Steve Stillman, Department of Economics, University of Otago

Abstract

We examine the impact of early career peers and job opportunities on the lifetime success of professional American football and basketball players. We exploit the fact that both the NFL and NBA have a multiple round draft each year where all new professionals are allocated to teams based on the reverse order of success of each team in the previous season. This process is used on a round by round basis, hence the last players chosen in a particular round of the draft are generally selected by the teams with the best records in the previous season while those selected at the beginning of the following round end up on the teams with generally the worst records. Hence, the draft system used in both leagues creates a large discontinuity in the quality of the early career peers and job opportunities for players who ex-ante are judged to have nearly identical ability (i.e. are selected in consecutive draft positions).

We find that being selected by a 'bad' team increase lifetime success for some NFL players likely due to having better early career opportunities while it has a negative impact on lifetime success for NBA players suggesting that early career peers have an important impacts on the success of NBA players.

Bio

Steven Stillman received a PhD in Economics from the University of Washington in 2000. He joined the University of Otago as a professor in the department of economics in July 2011. Prior to this, he was a senior fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research from 2004 to 2011, a senior research economist at the New Zealand Department of Labour from 2002 to 2004 and a postdoctoral fellow at the RAND Corporation from 2000 to 2002.

He is an affiliated researcher at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the William Davidson Institute. Steve's research focuses on empirical labour economics, specialising in the behaviour of individuals and households.

In recent research, he has examined the driver of immigration between Australia and New Zealand, the impact of migration to New Zealand on the income and health of Pacific Islanders both in New Zealand and in the Pacific, retirement behaviour among older Australians, and the effect of economic shocks in Russia on nutrition and overall living standards. Steve is broadly interested in research on migration, health, nutrition, education, household decision-making and inequality.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Director Networks and Accruals Quality in Malaysia

Date: 21 August 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Dr Effiezal Aswadi Abdul Wahab, Curtin University, Western Australia

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between director networks and accruals quality in Malaysia. Using data on 4,416 unique directors who served on the boards of 745 firms listed on Bursa Malaysia during 2011, we map the entire network of directors and generate measures to reflect the importance of such network. We find negative and significant relationship between directors overall network and accruals quality. Our extended analysis on network measures based on ethnicity suggest that non-Bumiputras directors created connections that increases accruals quality, but not for Bumiputras directors. We argue that that the negative effect on accruals quality is due to the importance of social stature, and thus harm hareholders value. Further, we find politically connected directors networks detrimental to accruals quality.

Bio

Dr Effizal Abdul Wahab is a Lecturer at the School of Accounting, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology. His speciality areas are Auditing, Corporate Governance, and Political Connections.

Hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law. This seminar will be preceded by morning tea at 10.30am; RSVP to Lee.Vassiliadis@vuw.ac.nz for catering purposes.

VBS-IMCNZ Forum: Communicating Strategy

Date: 20 August 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Railway Building, Level 3, RWW 315

NZIMCVictoria Business School and the Institute of Management Consultants Wellington invite you to a presentation from Professor Stephen Cummings on 'Communicating Strategy: How Drawing Can Create Better Engagement'.

  • Where: Railway West Wing, Room 315 (RWW315)
  • Time: 5.30-7.00 pm (Drinks and nibbles supplied)
  • RSVP: Bookings are essential. Email info@imcnz.org your attendance so that we can cater accordingly
Background:

Professor Stephen Cummings presents some of his recent research into strategic management and creativity, emphasising four imperatives for leading creative organisations (or organisations that seek to be creative) and why they should map their strategy graphically. Over three years and seven countries, Cummings tested over 1000 subjects' responses to the same strategy presented in different modes.

The experiment confirmed that strategy presented visually can be far more effective than strategy conveyed in paragraphs or bullets of text. It also revealed some surprising reasons for this finding, and it offers some interesting insights into why, despite the effectiveness of visual presentation, the vast majority of organisations do not represent their strategies graphically.

About the Speaker

Stephen Cummings is Professor of Strategic Management at Victoria University of Wellington and ICMCI Academic Fellow of Management Consultancy. He is the author of over 60 academic articles in journals such as Business Horizons, Deusto Harvard Business Review, Organization Studies, Long Range Planning, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Human Relations and Academy of Management Perspectives.

He is the author or co-author of eight books on creative approaches to strategy development, and management history. His latest book, Strategy Builder: How to Create and Communicate More Effective Strategies (Wiley, 2015) outlines the advantages of developing and communicating strategy in diagrams rather than words. The associated app, StrategyBlocks Builder enables users to create a strategic plan based on the best strategy frameworks in a graphical way.

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All registered attendees will be entered to win a copy of the speaker's new book, Strategy Builder: How to Create and Communicate More Effective Strategies, which explores this imperative of mapping a strategy graphically in more detail.

To Purchase or not to Purchase Low Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound: Using Evidence-based Practice to Inform Clinical Decision-making within ACC

Date: 20 August 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

Speaker: Melissa Barry, Research Advisor, New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation

Abstract

This talk focuses on how evidence-based practice in ACC has been used to guide clinical decision making on purchasing specific treatments and interventions. Over time recommendations made based on evidence can evolve due to improved technology or more research becoming available. This has been the case for Low Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound or LIPUS, an intervention marketed to practitioners as an effective adjunct to fracture healing. In 2015 the evidence used to inform the purchasing of this intervention was reassessed through ACC’s evidence-based practice process. In this example the recommendation changes as a direct result of identifying new evidence and re-examining available evidence using systematic critical appraisal methodology. This case is a practical example of how evidence-based practice can directly impact on policy and purchasing decisions.

Bio

Dr Melissa Barry is a research advisor in the Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBH) group within ACC Research. The EBH group predominantly works closely with the Clinical Services Directorate at ACC to deliver high quality, ACC specific evidence based reviews to support clinical decision making. Melissa has worked on and completed a range of projects within the EBH team at ACC from areas that include science and medical fields as well as business areas to help inform decision making. She has a broad background that includes: Business consulting, academic cellular and clinical neuroscience (in NZ and the United States), and has previously practised as a physiotherapist.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

Sustainability in the Film Industry: External and Internal Dynamics Shaping the Wellington Film District

Date: 17 August 2015

Time: 2.00 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Argelia Muñoz Larroa, School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington

Abstract

This research focused on how to enable sustainability in the film industry. However, it was first necessary to define the term ‘sustainability in the film industry’ and to devise a framework to analyse it. The framework was used to examine the Wellington film district and, as a result, the study identified the disarticulation of production from distribution and commercialisation of films, as well as constraints that obstruct synergistic interrelations among organisations and policy environments towards achieving sustainability.

Those constraints underwrite outcomes in five main areas: financial capacity, ability to maintain labour pools, ability to feed from creative sources, ability to develop productivity and infrastructure, as well as the opportunity to reach audiences. The thesis suggested general paths to canalise relationships in the industry to create sustainability.

Hosted by the School of Management. All welcome, no RSVP required.

Breakout Multinationals: Emerging Market Multinationals in Global Value Chains

Date: 14 August 2015

Time: 10.00 am

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 11, RH 1113

Speaker: Dr Pavida Pananond, Associate Professor of International Business at Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University, Thailand

Abstract

While Huawei, Tata Motors, and Embraer, are among the most common names when emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs) are discussed, not all EMNEs follow the same pattern of growth and internationalisation.

In this seminar, visiting scholar Dr Pavida Pananond argues that the rise of EMNEs is partly driven by their pre-internationalszation position in global value chains (GVCs). She refers in particular to EMNEs that have their early beginning as suppliers and exporters to globally integrated industries. Without upgrading initiatives beyond product and process upgrading, these domestic firms risk being kept captive in lower value-adding activities of the value chain. For these firms to be able to create and capture more value, upgrading along the value chain through internationalisation is crucial, especially in industries in which lead firms exert strong control and dominance.

Bio

Dr Pavida Pananond is Associate Professor of International Business at Thammasat Business School,Thammasat University, Thailand. She received her PhD from the University of Reading. Her research focuses on the internationalisation of firms, with a particular interest in emerging market multinationals and global value chains. 

Hosted by the School of Marketing and International Business

The Evolution of New Zealand's Tourism Datasets

Date: 12 August 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Railway Builidng, Level 5, RWW 501

Speakers: Rebecca Burson (MBIE) & Bernie Hanratty (Statistics NZ)

Background

This presentation will outline key government tourism datasets and the current innovations and developments of these statistics, including advances in the use of electronic card transaction data to measure tourism expenditure.

Bio

Rebecca Burson is a Senior Research Analyst in the Sector Trends team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. She has a PhD in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Victoria University of Wellington. Since joining MBIE, Rebecca has been involved in a variety of tourism products, including the International Visitor Survey and the Regional Tourism Indicators and Estimates. Rebecca is currently leading a review of the Regional Tourism Indicators, due for completion later this year. Rebecca has also contributed to the 2015 Regional Economic Activity Report, due for publication in August/September this year.

Bernie Hanratty is a Statistical Analyst in the National Accounts Economics team at Statistics New Zealand. He has a Bachelor of Tourism and Services Management from Victoria University of Wellington. Bernie is responsible for the delivery of the Tourism Satellite Account, measuring tourism's contribution to the economy by way of expenditure and employment. Bernie was a key member of the Tourism 2025 growth framework project team and is also involved with the development and delivery of Regional Gross Domestic Product.

Hosted by the School of Management / Tourism Management Group. Coffee and tea will be served following this seminar, no RSVP required.

Travel Patterns of Birthing Women in the Southern DHB

Date: 12 August 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Level 3, The Moot Room (GB340)

Speaker: Pauline Dawson, Department of Women's and Children's Health, University of Otago

Abstract

Analysing the travel patterns of birthing women and facility utilization are important aspects of planning and provision of maternity services. In this Masters Research project, electronic records from all births in the Southern District Health Board in 2013 were geocoded and analysed using Geographic Information System software and travel patterns mapped. The study also explored the motivations of a sample of women in this area regarding their birth place choices. Theoretical spatial decision modelling was compared to actual utilization and adjusted to allow for the clinical complexity dictating place of birth. Location-Allocation analysis was also carried out to the test appropriateness of the maternity facility placement based on 2013 demand.

The study found that women are prioritising a perception of safety when they choose their birth place. In a large sparsely-populated area like that covered by Southern District Health Board, this results in some women making long journeys to birth place as they preferentially select complex care facilities over closer primary maternity units or their own home. While acknowledging that the Southern District Health Board has a largely homogenous population, the study indicated that current services may not align with these women’s expectations and needs and may need adjusted to follow population expansion and contraction within the region.

Bio

Pauline Dawson is a research midwife with the Department of Women's and Children's Health, University of Otago and has recently completed this master’s thesis through the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Victoria University "Travel Patterns of Women Giving Birth in the Southern District Health Board". Pauline acts as a research liaison between maternity provider groups, the University, and the Southern District Health Board, is actively involved with several studies and continues to work clinically within the hospital setting.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

Herding in Analysts' Recommendations: The Role of the Media

Date: 7 August 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Thanh Huynh, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology

Abstract

This study investigates the impact of the media on analysts' herding behaviour when making stock recommendations. We find three main results. First, for firms with high news coverage, price reactions following analysts' recommendation revisions that are away from the consensus are weaker than to those closer to it, indicating that the market recognizes analysts' tendency to issue bold recommendations when the firm is intensively covered in the spotlight. Second, when the firm has negative media sentiment, markets react strongly to recommendation revisions that are away from the consensus -- consistent with the notion that the market believes that analysts have an incentive to herd following negative news sentiment. Third, disagreement in the media is associated with higher tendency to herd among analysts.

These findings are robust to the confounding effect of news flows on returns as well as to alternative explanations. Our study offers new insights into the understanding of analysts' herding behaviour.

Bio

Dr Thanh Huynh joined the Department of Finance at Auckland University of Technology in 2014 and was awarded his PhD from Queensland University of Technology in the same year. His PhD thesis entitled “Essays on momentum investing strategies” was awarded QUT Executive Dean’s Commendation for outstanding contribution to the field of study.

He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from UNSW. His current research projects concern the role of media in financial markets and the trading behaviour of market participants. He has presented his work to several selective conferences such as the McGill Global Asset Management, Northern Finance Meeting, FMA, and other major conferences.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Construct Creation: Methodological Concerns

Date: 3 August 2015

Time: 1.00 am

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 11, RH1113

Speakers: Dr Mark Avis (Massey University) & Dr Sarah Forbes (University of Birmingham)

Abstract

Within attitude theory, there is a very fundamental debate over whether attitudes are stored in memory or 'constructed on the spot', with various theoretical strands taking positions on a continuum between these opposing views. There is also a long history of research into methodological bias, which has in turn informed the debate on the nature of attitudes.

The paper that we are preparing sits within these two streams of literature and contributes both to the debate over the nature of attitudes as well as presenting a new, and worrying, concern over research methodology. Although proposing the concern as new, there has been prior literature in which concerns have been raised that the attitudes being measured are not 'real' attitudes at all, for example in politics and political socialisation. The principle that underlies this is that the research process is itself responsible for the development of the attitude. We call this process 'construct creation'. Our concern with the potential for construct creation is centred on the concept of ecological validity i.e. if a construct is created 'in the lab' by a participant as a result of the research, the construct had no prior existence 'in the world' and therefore could not have had any significance in the world. As such, the research derived from construct creation is ecologically invalid.

Our concerns are supported by a body of literature and a research study which shows construct creation in a relatively dramatic way. Following on from such concerns, we draw on extant literature for potential means to ameliorate the potential for deriving research findings from construct creation.

Bio

Dr Mark Avis spent time as a submarine officer in the Royal Navy and worked in international sales and marketing roles before returning to academia. He has an interest in critical approaches to theory, and his research interests include choice of branded products and evolutionary psychology. His work has appeared in journals such as Marketing Theory, Journal of Historical Research in Marketing and Australasian Marketing Journal. Beyond academia he has a personal interest in economics and enjoys modern history (in particular Chinese).

Dr Sarah Forbes completed her PhD in Marketing at the University of Otago. She joined the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2013 where she has been pursuing research interests in research methodology within social marketing, as well as marketing theory. To date, her work has appeared in journals such as Marketing Theory, Australasian Marketing Journal and the New Zealand Medical Journal

Hosted by the School of Marketing and International Business.

New Zealand as a “Social Laboratory”

Date: 30 July 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 4 (GBLT 4)

Speaker: Professor Peter Davis, University of Auckland

Abstract

In the period 1890-1920, New Zealand was at times regarded by foreign observers as a "social laboratory" in which new policy initiatives were being set in train. More recently, and famously, Pickett and Wilkinson have developed their "Spirit Level" hypothesis on societal inequality by comparing different countries and drawing conclusions about theory and policy. Are either or both of these approaches just inspiring and metaphorical insights, or can we attribute more rigour to a kind of "thought experiment" that sets a counterfactual to the status quo?

Over the next two years, under a James Cook fellowship, we will be constructing a simulation-based model of some of the key socio-demographic processes in New Zealand society over the last quarter century, drawing in the first instance on the New Zealand Longitudinal Census, 1981-2013, as its empirical foundation. Potentially this is a powerful instrument of cooperative social inquiry that can be used for policy testing, for scholarly purposes, and for teaching as well.

Bio

Peter Davis is Professor of the Sociology of Health and Well-being at the University of Auckland, with cross-appointments in Population Health and Statistics, and founding director of the COMPASS Research Centre, a decade-long grant-funded research group. He has Masters degrees in Sociology and Statistics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in community health from Auckland. His main interests are in applying advanced methodological techniques to social data in addressing policy and substantive questions.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

Did the Mortality Risk of Being Overweight Change in the Early Twentieth Century?

Date: 24 July 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Professor Les Oxley, Professor of Economics, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato

Abstract

The anthropometric history literature is at least implicitly, and often explicitly, longitudinal. Since the mid-1980s, following the pioneering studies of Waaler, anthropometric historians have endeavoured to not only measure changes in height and body mass over cohorts, but also how body composition affects health in later life, often proxied by mortality or life expectancy. Height itself is not the object of interest, but merely a well‐understood proxy. Because height is a summary measure of nutritional conditions in the first two decades of life, studies of the relationship between height and health use the former to proxy for early life conditions.

Beyond a certain point increases in body mass are undesirable for humans, bringing an increased risk of morbidity, particularly cardiovascular conditions. The first results suggest that the relationship between body mass and mortality has changed somewhat between 19th century and modern populations. In this paper, we bring new historical evidence to bear on the question of body composition and health in later life, with a sample of World War I enlistees from New Zealand linked to their vital records.

Bio

Les Oxley is Professor in Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and Adjunct Professor, School of Economics and Finance, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. He is also an Affiliate, Motu, Wellington, New Zealand and Research Associate, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), ANU, Australia.

Les is one of the founding Editors, and currently Managing Editor, of the Journal of Economic Surveys, Senior Editor, Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, and is on the editorial boards of several international journals, including Environmental Modelling and Software.

His research interests include: modelling and testing theories of economic growth; financial econometrics; the knowledge economy/society; intellectual property; energy economics and cliometrics.

For his contributions, he was elected Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ) in November 2004, following the award of Elected Fellow, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, (FMSSANZ), in August 2000. He received the Biennial Medal, (Socio-economic Systems) from the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) in 2006.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Foreign Elder Care Workers: Filipino Health Care Workers and the Care of Older People in New Zealand

Date: 16 July 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

Speakers: Dr Kirsten Lovelock (Otago University) & Dr Greg Martin (Victoria University)

Abstract

This seminar draws on a qualitative study of migrant care workers from the Philippines working in the eldercare sector in New Zealand. The purpose of this study was to document and explore the recent experience of migrant care workers providing health and social care to the elderly in institutional care settings and in the homes of the elderly in the community with a particular focus on the affective components of care work. This study contributes to a growing body of international literature which focuses on the key issues connected to the migrant elder care workforce.

  • Dr Kirsten Lovelock is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr Greg Martin is a Senior Fellow in the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

How to Develop a Successful Tourism Product in a SME

Date: 14 July 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Jeroen Jongejans, director of Dive! Tutukaka

Background

The story of Dive! Tutukaka is an inspiring journey of a small adventure tourism company, coping with lack of money, fires on boats, sinking of ships, rough seas and political battles to become one of NZ's most successful SME's in the tourism Industry. A journey through the last 30 years shows the evolution and evolvement of this business through hard work, determination, vision and sheer passion to cope with GFC, competition, seasonality, rough seas and fluctuating interest rates plus all the other obstacles that get in the way of a good night's sleep... innovation, adaptability, new product and re-inventing "the way we do business", coupled with passion and long term vision have shaped the way we move forward.

Jeroen Jongejans started this "dream journey" over 30 years ago after becoming inspired by "the underwater world”, its potential, and the various pressures that deplete this magic resource. He has taken this plight and push for increased awareness through a great number of channels, from Conservation Boards, District Councils, economic development boards, national politics, and various local and national tourism organisations.

  • Jeroen Jongejans has been involved with the adventure tourism and outdoors industry for over 20 years and has also been on many boards, including Northland Tourism Development Group and Tourism Industry Association

Hosted by the School of Management / Tourism Management Group. Refreshments will be served following this seminar, no RSVP required.

The Digital Workshops of the World: Software, Source Code and Skills Migration in the Global VFX Industry

Date: 10 July 2015

Time: 12.00 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Leon Gurevitch, School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington

Background

Over the last few decades a large and globally distributed digital VFX industry has arisen from the periphery of Hollywood’s traditional base in Los Angeles. As Hollywood visual effects production began to adopt computational processes, practices and technologies, what started out as a branch of the IT and computer sciences industry became a hybrid. Neither 'inside' the Hollywood studios' traditional financial structures, nor entirely outside the value chains attached to Hollywood's film output, the VFX industries have functioned as networks of precarious creative industries offering work for hire on a film by film, contract by contract basis. All of this has lead to an industry defined by migration of labour to an extent that has dwarfed even traditional Hollywood production.

This paper will consider the effects of this migration and its implications for the future of a Global Hollywood increasingly governed by computational production pipelines. The centre piece of this talk will be the demonstration of a crowd-sourced, big-data based, migration visualisation that details the routes 13,000 professionals have taken across the world in search of work in the last 25 years.

Bio

Dr Leon Gurevitch is the Programme Director - Culture+Context at the School of Design. He currently holds a New Zealand Royal Society research grant (Marsden Faststart) for a three-year project to study digital image industry work cultures and global skills migration. This project, 'The Digital Workshops of the World', is funded at $350,000 over three years to map out the interconnected networks of software, skills and source code in the visual effects industry.

Leon is associate editor of Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and was  guest editor of Senses of Cinema Special Edition.

Hosted by the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work; tea and coffee will be available and you are welcome to bring your lunch. RSVP to Sue.Ryall@vuw.ac.nz

Drinking and Drugging

Date: 2 July 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Level 3 Moot Room, GB340

Speaker: Martin Woodbridge, Health and Disability Intelligence Unit

Abstract

Alcohol and cannabis are the most commonly used recreational psychoactive substances in New Zealand. Although most New Zealanders drink alcohol in moderation, some do not, and misuse it. And, despite its illegality, cannabis consumption remains relatively high – around 1 in 10 adults use it.

The New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS) 2012/13 delved into the use and misuse of alcohol and of cannabis. The reports answer questions like: Does alcohol availability influence risky drinking behaviours? What is the scale of use of cannabis for medicinal purposes? Is there a relationship between pre-pregnancy drinking habits and drinking during pregnancy?

This presentation draws on the findings of the Alcohol Use and Cannabis Use reports. These are valuable tools to support policy development and decision-making on the best way to prevent and reduce the harm associated with alcohol and cannabis. This presentation will be of interest to a range of people - government agencies, the NGO sector, researchers and educators, industry and the public.

Bio

Martin Woodbridge works with Health & Disability Intelligence (HDI) at the Ministry of Health. HDI use high-quality information, analytical resources and tools, and research and evaluation to meet a variety of health and disability information needs. Intelligence outputs support good policy development and decision-making, input into the development of performance measurement frameworks and monitoring, and are the basis of health data reported to international agencies.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

Executive Overconfidence and Securities Class Actions

Date: 19 June 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: A/Prof Mark Humphery-Jenner, UNSW Business School, New South Wales

Abstract

Securities class actions (SCAs) harm the subject firm's product market position and often result in disciplinary actions against the CEO. If CEOs (and other senior-executives) trade-off benefits from, say, withholding negative information versus likelihood of detection and SCAs - we expect their choice to be influenced by beliefs regardingfuture firm prospects and likelihood they might rectify the period of poor performance. We hypothesize that overconfident executives, with rosier views of future firm performance, are more likely to engage in reckless or intentional actions that give rise to SCAs.

We find strong evidence that executive-overconfidence increases SCA-likelihood, which is ameliorated by improved governance (following SOX) and reduction in risk-taking incentives (following SFAS-123R). Post-SCA, consistent with being regarded as more blame-worthy, there isgreater likelihood of overconfident-CEO turnover. Overconfident CEOs also learn from prior SCAs, with SCAs attenuating the impact of CEO overconfidence on future litigation risk.

Bio

Mark Humphery-Jenner is an Assistant Professor of Finance at UNSW Business School. Mark’s research spans corporate finance, corporate governance, and law & economics. Mark has published in leading journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of International Business Studies.

Hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law.

Measuring Inpatient Experience in New Zealand: What do we know, and what does it matter

Date: 17 June 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 4 (GBLT 4)

Speakers: Richard Hamblin & Ying Li, Health Quality and Safety Commission

Abstract

There is growing international interest in measuring patient experiences with approaches being advocated which range from the unaffordably rigorous to the uselessly (and even perversely) anecdotal. New Zealand implemented a new inpatient experience survey in 2014 which seeks to chart a middle course which provides affordable, representative, replicable and actionable data.

This talk tells the story of how the survey was implemented, early results and next steps. In doing so it locates the survey within the ecology of health services quality measurement in New Zealand, compares New Zealand’s approach with alternatives, considers whether technological developments and the "trip advisor" culture are a help or hindrance to understanding patient experiences and considers how this sort of approach can be used to generate continuous quality improvement.

Bio

Richard Hamblin is the Commission’s Director of Health Quality Evaluation. He prepares the New Zealand Atlas of Healthcare Variation, and develops quality and safety markers and indicators. Richard has worked in various roles measuring the quality and efficiency of healthcare since the early 1990s including as Director of Intelligence at the Care Quality Commission in the UK, the King’s Fund, and the NHS. He was a 2006/07 Harkness Fellow.

Ying Li is Senior Analyst at Health Quality and Safety Commission. She works on the health quality and safety markers and indicators. Prior to this Ying was a Senior Analyst working on financial forecasting at the Ministry of Education and a Statistical Analyst working on a longitudinal survey at Statistics New Zealand. Ying has a Master of Science in Statistics and Operation Research and a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Mathematics from Victoria University of Wellington.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

Bank Working Experience versus Political Connections: Which Matters for Bank Loan Financing?

Date: 12 June 2015

Time: 11.30 am

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Professor Gary Tian, Professor of Finance, University of Wollongong, New South Wales

Abstract

This paper examines how either executives' connections with banks through their former banking experience or their political connections with governments affect firms' bank loan financing, using a sample of bank loans granted to Chinese listed non-SOEs from 2003 to 2010. We find that firms with bank or political connections have a higher likelihood of access to bank loans, obtain more bank loans and have lower use of collateral, and the effect of bank connections is more significant than that of political connections.

We further find that bank loans are more closely related to profitability for firms with bank connections, while firms’ political connections weaken this relationship. Furthermore, firms with bank connections are less likely to become financially distressed after the initiation of their bank loans and experience higher bank loan announcement returns, while firms with political connections experience the opposite situation.

Overall, our results indicate that in the context of relationship-based informal institutions prevailing in China, firms’ connections with banks create value by alleviating information asymmetry and improving banks’ lending decisions, while political connections result in capital misallocation and subsequent deterioration in performance. 

Bio

Gary Tian is Professor of Finance and Director of the Chinese Commerce Research Centre in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at the University of Wollongong.

He has published extensively in the areas of political connections, CEO compensation, bank lending, corporate governance and market microstructure.

Last year Professor Tian secured the only ARC Discovery Grant in the field of finance. He won a Best Paper Award from the Financial Management Association in 2011 and the 2013 Runner up Award from Corporate Governance: An International Review.

Currently he serves as the Secretory of the Asian Finance Association and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Liability for Paying Pensions under the 2001 New Zealand-Australian Social Security Agreement: Uneven Burdens?

Date: 12 June 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Associate Professor Andrew Smith, Victoria University

Abstract

Shortly after Australia and New Zealand introduced social security programmes in their respective countries, the two countries entered into a treaty (know as a "social security agreement" or "SSA") to coordinate and harmonise the payment of social securitiy benefits to individuals who had split their working lives between the two countries. The first of these SSAs was negotiated in 1943 but was subsequently replaced by a number of revised SSAs, the latest of which was negotiated in 2001.

Apart from this latest SSA, all of the earlier SSAs were based on the principle that the country where the claimant resided would assume responsibility for paying their pension even though part or all of the claimant’s working life hadbeen spent in the other country. Such an arrangement was sustainable when the flow of migrants between the two countries were roughly similar and pension levels approximately the same.

As migration from New Zealand to Australia became significantly greater than migration in the opposite direction, pressure arose for New Zealand to assume liability for at least some of the costs of paying pensions to its migrants who had retired in Australia. Initially this was met by direct government to government reimbursements, but these later became a point of disagreement between the two governments ultimately leading to the negotiation of a new SSA in 2001. The 2001 SSA incorporates a fractional pension model whereby each country pays a part pension basedon the time the claimant has spent working in each country. This model is intended to produce a fairer allocation of pension costs between the two countries reflecting the tax that would have been collected by each country from a claimant during their working life.

The allocation of pension costs under this model is complicated by two factors. Firstly, the total pension payable to the claimant is determined solely by the domestic pension rules of the country where they have retired. Secondly, the amount the other state must contribute to that pension is determined by the domestic pension rules of that country, not the state where the claimant has retired. As a consequence, the actual burdens for each country of meetingthe pension costs of a migrant will not be necessarily proportional to the time the claimant has spent in each country during their working life.

This paper will examine how pension costs will be allocated in practice between Australia and New Zealand under the 2001 SSA through the use of a model. Results from the model suggests that the 2001 SSA will not necessarily producean appropriate allocation of pension costs and that one state may be left with a disproportionate burden. This raises questions whether the basis for allocating pension costs under the 2001 SSA is sustainable in the longer term and alsowhether divergent domestic pension policies can be maintained in an open migration environment.

Hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law.

Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities

Date: 4 June 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr. Randall Walsh, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Abstract

What determines the spatial organization of production and consumption in cities? The extant literature has focused almost exclusively on the role of market forces. We argue that a ubiquitous local government policy, zoning, has a profound influence on the development of cities. Using the introduction of comprehensive zoning in Chicago in 1923 along with a detailed map of pre-zoning land uses, we show that the initial zoning ordinance has had an economically large impact on the location of industry, TRI facilities, commerce, and residential neighborhoods in the present.

Our results are robust to a series of border identification exercises, suggesting that they are likely not driven by unobserved path dependence in land use that is correlated with the zoning ordinance. We assess the heterogeneous impact of zoning in areas of Chicago that were heavily developed by 1923 and in areas of the city that were undeveloped but still subject to zoning.

We conclude with a discussion and analysis of regulation and land use in Houston, the only unzoned major city in the US.

Bio

Dr. Randall P. Walsh is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado. He received a B.S. Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. He has been an active researcher in the areas of environmental and urban economics for over 15 years, focusing on issues related to environmental quality, income, race, and neighborhood choice.

He currently serves as co-Editor of the journal Economic Inquiry. His research on environmental quality and the demographic composition of neighborhoods has been supported by both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Persistent Polio

Date: 3 June 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

Speaker: Dr Hilary Stace, Visiting Research Fellow, Health Services Research Centre

Abstract

HSRC-smallPoliomyelitis was a feared disease in New Zealand for the first half of the 20th century. In the days before vaccines polio mainly affected children and young adults. It struck randomly, had no cure and peaked in regular epidemics. It killed or left some victims unable to breathe for themselves in an iron lung, or with limbs permanently paralysed. Widespread community panic closed schools and isolated families. Children were sent away from home for treatment for long periods.

The race for a vaccine was championed by polio survivor President Roosevelt and involved numerous scientists, countries and institutionalised children. There is much to celebrate about the global eradication campaign which has resulted in only one region reporting new cases this year. However, many New Zealanders still live with the effects of polio and they do not want to be forgotten.

Bio

Hilary Stace is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, whose research interests include disability experience, history and policy. She remembers as a child lining up in the classroom for the pink drink that would stop any more children getting polio.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

The Physical and Social Determinants of Mortality in the 3.11 Tsunami

Date: 2 June 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Professor Daniel Aldrich, Director of Asian Studies, Purdue University

Abstract

The human consequences of the 3.11 tsunami were not distributed equally across the municipalities of the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan. Instead, the mortality rate from the massive waves varied tremendously from zero to ten percent of the local residential population. What accounts for this variation remains a critical question for researchers and policy makers alike. This paper uses a new, sui generis data set including all villages, towns, and cities on the Pacific Ocean side of the Tohoku region to untangle the factors connected to mortality during the disaster.

With data on demographic, geophysical, infrastructure, social capital, and political conditions for 133 municipalities, we find that tsunami height, stocks of social capital, and level of political support for the long-ruling LDP strongly influenced mortality rates. Given the high probability of future large scale catastrophes, these findings have important policy implications for disaster mitigation policies in Japan and abroad.

Bio

Daniel P. Aldrich is University Faculty Scholar, Director of Asian Studies, and Professor in Purdue University's Department of Political Science. He has published four books, more than thirty peer reviewed articles, and written OpEds for the New York Times, CNN, Asahi Shinbun, and other popular media outlets.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Is There a CEO Honeymoon Period?

Date: 22 May 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Helen Lu, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Auckland

Abstract

Recently appointed CEOs on average enjoy a honeymoon period in the stock market. Stock prices drop less in response to earnings decreases announced in the first four quarters of CEO tenure than to those announced by firms with established CEOs. This effect is not a result of earnings baths. For new CEOs who take over the helm during challenging times – who deserve a grace period the most – the honeymoon effect is more pronounced. If investors anticipate transitory bad earnings news from firms with new CEOs, stock prices can respond less to bad earnings news from these firms.

We find that the honeymoon period exists in firms with analyst coverage but not in firms without analyst coverage, suggesting that analysts play a role in helping investors gauge the likelihood and permanence of earnings decreases following a change in CEO.

Bio

Helen Lu joined the University of Auckland in January 2014. Helen received her doctoral degree in 2013 and lectured at the University of Otago before moving back to Auckland. Prior to moving to New Zealand and returning to her academic life, Helen was a vice president at Credit Suisse and, before that, at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong. Her corporate finance experience includes IPOs, privatisations, convertible bonds and cross-border M&A for clients in the natural resources and the general industries sectors.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Marketing Strategy in the Context of Social Enterprise Dualities

Date: 1 May 2015

Time: 3.00 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Judith Madill, Professor of Marketing at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Abstract

It is expected that social enterprises (SEs) will grow in number and importance in the near future. This can be put down to increasing emergence of social needs and problems throughout the world, accompanied by reduced government ability to provide the funding necessary to combat these problems.

In this presentation, Professor Madill discusses the SE context and proposes a model of how this context affects marketing strategy in SEs. She discusses key marketing strategies and draws on empirical qualitative research consisting of a comparative study of fifteen cases of SEs. Results show that four major dualities represent the critical context of SEs that influence the marketing strategies employed.

Bio

Professor Judith Madill received her PhD from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and is a Professor of Marketing at the Telfer School of Management. Her research focuses on how social marketing, social entrepreneurship and sponsorship can help make the world a better place.

Professor Madill is a frequently invited speaker on marketing in both the academic and practitioner worlds and is a recent winner of awards for teaching and research.

Hosted by the School of Marketing and International Business; RSVP to marketing@vuw.ac.nz by Thursday 23 April.

An Investigation of Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care

Date: 28 April 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 4 (GBLT4)

Speaker: Nicholas Mays, Professor of Health Policy and Director, Policy Research Unit in Policy Innovation Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Abstract

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) have recently become part of the public services landscape in the UK and internationally (including pilots in NZ). In a SIB contract, public sector commissioners partner with private or Third Sector social investors to fund interventions that seek to tackle complex social issues. Under these arrangements, non-government investors cover the upfront costs necessary to set up the interventions implemented by service providers, while the government commissioner commits to pay a return on investment if pre-defined desired outcomes are reached. In the field of health and social care, nine projects across England, collectively known as the SIB ‘trailblazers’, have received seed funding from the government’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund to assess the merits of, and potentially implement, a SIB.

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme has commissioned an independent evaluation of these projects from the Policy Innovation Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in partnership with RAND Europe, to explore their potential benefits and costs. This presentation provides an overview of the interim findings of the independent evaluation.

Bio

Nicholas Mays is Professor of Health Policy and Director, Policy Research Unit in Policy Innovation Research and Joint Editor, Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, Department of Health Services Research & Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

The Family Group Conference: Working Together

Date: 24 April 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Railway Building, Level 5, RWW 501

Speaker: Chris Polaschek, General Manager for Youth Justice Support at Child, Youth and Family, Ministry of Social Development

Background

The face of the Youth Justice Family Group Conference is changing after 25 years.

The changes, which reflect a better understanding of what drives offending behaviour, are encouraging an increased focus on agencies, families and community providers working together.

This in turn is being mirrored within the Justice sector where government agencies are finding new ways to cooperate at all levels and partner with communities in the pursuit of reducing youth crime.

Bio

Chris Polaschek is the General Manager for Youth Justice Support at Child, Youth and Family, Ministry of Social Development. This role involves leadership for Youth Justice within the Service and the sector, developing operational policy and managing a variety of key Government projects, one of which is Fresh Start, which included developing a Military Activity Centre for serious young offenders. He is currently chair of the Youth Crime Action Plan Steering Group and also has responsibility for a CYF led project on Reinvigorating Family Group Conferences.

Chris has worked with juvenile and adult offenders in a wide variety of roles over the last 25 years including as a social worker, residential manager, prison manager and National Manager Youth Justice. He is a qualified social worker and has BA in sociology from Canterbury University.

Hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies. All welcome, no RSVP required; email any enquiries to igps@vuw.ac.nz.

Land Use and General Equilibrium Implications of a Forest-Based Carbon Sequestration Policy in the US

Date: 24 April 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House. Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Juan J. Monge, Scientist, Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute), Rotorua

Abstract

A static Computable General Equilibrium model was used to assess the impacts of forest-based carbon payments on sequestration, land use, and agricultural commodity prices in the US. A modified 2008 regional Social Accounting Matrix, considering land as a heterogeneous factor, was used as the model’s main input. The matrix was projected to its 2050 counterpart using capital and labor growth projections. The forest-generated carbon offset sources considered were afforested set-asides, commercial forestry intensification and harvested wood products. A new dataset on regional afforestation carbon uptake rates and costs was used to include afforested set-asides as latent activities.

For a carbon offset price of $20/MT CO2, 14% of U.S. annual emissions could be sequestered in 2050. More than half of the additional carbon sequestered (724 million MT CO2), compared to the 2050 baseline, would be attributed to set-asides and composed mainly of softwood forests. High carbon prices would increase land prices resulting in the diversion of 15% and 9% of pasture and cropland to carbon set-asides, respectively, mainly in the Central Plains. The high agricultural land diversion would force activities to intensify production systems driving the prices of beef up by 12% as well as oilseeds and grains by 4% each.

Bio

Juan J. Monge holds a PhD in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and specialises in the application of mathematical programming, risk simulation and econometrics to agriculture and natural resources. Specifically, the use of economic general assessment frameworks such as Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, Input-Output (I-O) models and Social Accounting Matrices (SAM) to study the impact of different environmental, fiscal and trade policies on regional economies.

Dr. Monge’s research experience on risk simulation includes the profitability assessment of new biofuel technologies under bio-economic uncertainty in a joint project between Texas A&M AgriLife and Chevron Technology Ventures. He moved to the country a year ago to work for the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion) on a wide variety of issues related to the forestry industry including impact assessments of potential environmental policies, profitability of indigenous tree species, use of new timber phytosanitary alternatives, economic and environmental comparison of the value chains of different land-dependent primary industries.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Family Firms, Firm Performance and Political Connections: Evidence from Bangladesh

Date: 24 April 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Associate Professor Reza Monem, Griffith University, Australia

Abstract

We investigate the role of political connections in the performance of family firms. We do so in the setting of Bangladesh, an emerging economy in which family firms are dominant, and a weak regulatory environment increases the payoffs from political connections. We find that family firms perform better than nonfamily firms. Moreover, politically connected family firms outperform other family firms that are not politically connected. In contrast, political connections for nonfamily firms lead to lower firm performance than other nonfamily firms.

Bio

Prior to Griffith University, Dr Monem held academic positions at the University of Queensland (Australia), National University of Singapore (Singapore), and Dhaka University (Bangladesh). His teaching specialisation is in financial accounting at postgraduate level, with research interest in the interface between financial reporting and corporate governance.

Dr Monem's research papers have been published in scholarly journals including Contemporary Accounting Research, the International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Contemporary Accounting & Economics, Accounting & Finance, Advances in Accounting, Australian Accounting Review, and Pacific Accounting Review.

Hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law. This seminar will be preceded by morning tea at 10.30am; RSVP to Lee.Vassiliadis@vuw.ac.nz for catering purposes.

IT, Entrepreneurship and Firm Growth: Research Gaps and Opportunities

Date: 16 April 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 125

Speaker: Dr Jean-Grégoire Bernard, School of Information Management

Abstract

This presentation examines how entrepreneurial firms learn about how to adopt, deploy, and assimilate IT capabilities in anticipation of, and during periods of sustained growth. Theories and empirical evidence about the management and maturity of IT in small firms are surveyed to identify research gaps and tenuous assumptions.

There are several insights. First, small firms tend to be considered as a homogeneous unit of analysis, without distinction between stable, mature small firms, and emerging, growing entrepreneurial ventures. Second, a firm’s emergence and early life have been relatively neglected in comparison to later periods of a firm’s growth. Third, past and current IS theories tend to downplay the organizational and behavioural dynamics that accompany firm growth, in favour of dynamics grounded in technological determinism. This study contributes to the research on IS strategy, IS adoption, and IS assimilation, in small and large firms alike, by proposing new premises for further theory development.

Bio

Jean-Grégoire's teaching and research focuses on issues pertaining to the adoption, implementation, and governance of IT-enabled organisational innovations within and across organisations. His work on these topics draws on a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, and sits at the intersection of information systems and organisation studies. His PhD in Management from Queen's University (Canada) investigated how four firms from the high-tech and creative industries appropriated information technology to generate transparency that enable managers to deal with the challenges of organisational growth.

Hosted by the School of Information Management.

Creating High Performing Public Service Organisations: Moving from Problem ID to Solutions

Date: 14 April 2015

Time: 9.00 am

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)

This seminar brings together senior executives, managers, policy and employment relations people and researchers to discuss high performance in the public sector. It aims to look at how the issues are currently being addressed, strategies and tactics for success, and the role of leadership.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Murray Sherwin, Chairperson, Productivity Commission
  • Peter Gahan, Centre for Workplace Leadership, University of Melbourne
Document File size File type
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 Registration Form 315 KB PDF

Hosted by the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work.

The Year the Gorge Stood Still: A Natural Disaster’s Impact on Travel Time to Health Services and their Use

Date: 9 April 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

Speaker: Jayden MacRae, CEO of Patients First

Background

HSRC-smallThe Manawatu Gorge was closed for a period of 12 months from August 2011, disrupting the main travel route to those that live in the eastern area of the MidCentral health district to the main hospital services located in Palmerston North to the west. We studied the impact of this natural disaster on the use of both hospital and general practice services using existing and adapted geospatial analysis techniques.

This presentation will appeal to those with interests in health utilisation issues, disaster planning and the application of geospatial techniques to health particularly for the improvement of geospatial data quality and fidelity.

Bio

Jayden MacRae is a data scientist, all-around geospatial enthusiast and CEO of Patients First, a boutique health information integrator. Jayden originally studied as a physiotherapist, gaining a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago and then later a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics and a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Canterbury. He has spent the majority of his professional career working in the health information field in both technical and management roles and has specific interests in geospatial information systems, natural language processing, machine learning, data quality, open source platforms and open data.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

2015 Asian Development Outlook Report

Date: 30 March 2015

Time: 2.00 pm

Venue: Railway West Wing, Level 5, RWW 501

Dr Christopher Edmonds, Senior Economist at ADB’s Pacific Department, will present the Asia and Pacific highlights of the annual economic report Asian Development Outlook 2015. Professor Ilan Noy from Victoria Business School will introduce and chair the seminar.

Background

ADB’s flagship economic publication Asian Development Outlook 2015 (ADO) provides a comprehensive analysis of economic performance in the past year and offers forecasts for the next 2 years for the 45 economies in Asia and the Pacific including People’s Republic of China and India.

This year’s special ADO theme chapter, "Financing Asia's Future Growth" explores the role of developing Asia's financial system in sustaining its growth, while also examining ways to make the system more inclusive and stable. The region's growth has moderated visibly since the GFC of 2008–2009. At the same time, the region is in the midst of a structural transition toward a new growth paradigm in which productivity growth will play a larger role. The region’s finance sector will thus have to develop in a way that supports growth by boosting both investment and productivity. A financial system that efficiently allocates capital to its most productive use is a vital ingredient of the new growth paradigm.

To make growth more inclusive, the region’s policy makers will be challenged to find ways to extend access to finance to the poor, and small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, developing Asian countries must strengthen financial stability, for example through better regulation, so that the finance sector does not itself become a source of growth-harming volatility. Overall, this theme chapter will provide policy advice on how the region can foster stable financial systems that can support efficient and inclusive growth in the post-GFC world.

For ADB inquiries please contact Sally Shute-Trembath, ADB Senior External Relations Officer

Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum

Date: 24 March 2015

Time: 3.00 pm

Venue: Railway Building, Level 5, RWW 501

Speakers
  • Adrian Shields (Policy and Research Manager in Charities Services): "Public Trust and Confidence in Charities: Variations over Time"
  • Paul Stone (Open Government Data Programme Leader): "Open Government Data – Supporting Democratic Participation in the Community Sector"
  • VUW Summer Scholars Harry Berger: "The Third Sector in 2045: A Supporting Literature Review" and Ciahn Dalgliesh: "A Study of Community-led Resilience Planning"

A number of academics at Victoria University research in, and for, the community and voluntary sector, with many of our postgraduate students also researching in this area.

As well as networking within the University, this research is shared with the community through regular Community and Voluntary Sector Research (CVSR) Forums.

The forums run from 3.00-5.00pm, with tea and coffee available from 2.45pm, and are held in Railway West Wing 501 (use the Victoria University door on the left hand side of the Station, then take the first lift to the 5th floor or one of the other lifts to the 4th floor and walk up a flight of stairs).

General public are most welcome to attend these regular seminars.

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Critical Realist Accounting Research: Whence and Wither?

Date: 20 March 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway West Wing, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Professor Sven Modell, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen

Abstract

Over the past decade, a small but growing body of accounting research explicitly informed by critical realism has started to emerge and be deployed to diverse research tasks. This paper offers a review and critique of this emerging strand of accounting research against the backdrop of broader developments in the critical realist research programme in the social sciences and explores its potential to contribute to critical accounting scholarship.

It is argued that the use of critical realism in the accounting literature has thus far been rather piecemeal and only partially geared towards developing an explicitly critical or politically engaged research agenda aimed at advancing radical social critique. Whilst these features can partly be traced to internal divisions within the larger critical realist project in the social sciences, I elaborate on how emerging accounting studies can be developed into a more coherent and integrative research programme drawing on diverse strands of critical realist thought.

In doing so, I pay particular attention to how such research can be imbued with more clearly articulated, critical intent. This is achieved by incorporating explanatory critiques pivoting on the twin concepts of retroduction and retrodiction into a contingent approach to critical research interventions recognising the varying ontological possibilities of emancipation embedded in social structures and the subjectively induced propensity for reflexivity among human agents.

I elaborate on how such an approach may take critical accounting research beyond past controversies concerning the degrees of determinism and radicalism ascribed to especially Marxist and post-modernist (or post-structuralist) research as well as empiricist tendencies emerging as a counter-reaction to the allegedly pre-conceived notions of critique associated with these research genres.

Hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law. This seminar will be preceded by morning tea at 10.30am; RSVP to Lee.Vassiliadis@vuw.ac.nz for catering purposes.

VBS-IMCNZ Forum: Socrates – a Health Sector BPR Case Study in Shared Services and Capability Development

Date: 26 February 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Railway Building, Level 3, RWW 315

Victoria Business School and the Institute of Management Consultants New Zealand invite you to a presentation from Phil Guerin CMC, Director Hague Consulting Ltd.

NZIMC
  • Where: Level 3 of the Railway Building West Wing, RWW 315
  • Time: 5.30-7.00pm; drinks, nibbles & networking from 5.30-6.00pm
  • RSVP: Bookings are essential; email info@imcnz.org your attendance so that we can cater accordingly

Background

Phil will present a case study of a two and a half year business process reengineering project implemented in the New Zealand health sector some years ago with an update on its impact since. The case study will explain the business problem, the opportunity, stakeholder engagement strategy, approach, setbacks, surprises and lessons learned.

Themes include: building a coalition for change, change management, process improvement, business process design, shared services, disability services, contract management, budgeting, order to pay processes, sector capability development, data standards development, data migration, common workflows across a sector, outsourced Programme Management Office.

Bio

Phil Guerin BA, M.Mgmt, PMP, CMC is a management consultant, director of Hague Consulting Ltd and Immediate Past President of IMC New Zealand. Phil has held management roles in the public and private sectors and he has been consulting since 1998. He has consulted to a range of sectors including financial services, information technology, transport, central government, education, health and social services. Phil specialises in strategy implementation and capability development, drawing on experience in business process design, operations, finance and project and programme management.

Not-for-Profit Seminar Series: Taxation Issues for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations

Date: 26 February 2015

Time: 8.15 am

Venue: Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)

Opening address: Hon Todd McLay, Minister of Revenue. Speakers: Sue Barker (Sue Barker Charities Law); Phil Fisher (Tax Team); Charles Ngaki (IRD); John Shewan (Adjunct Professor, School of Accounting and Commercial Law)

Background

At the last seminar in this Not for Profit Series, many participants noted the need for more informed discussion about tax issues in the sector.

The opening seminar in 2015 will cover: 

  • GST issues for not-for-profit entities in relation to branch registration and revenue generation 
  • Remuneration and tax 
  • Donations – definitions, overseas donations and donee status 
  • Tax obligations in relation to de-registration from Charities Services (especially if this is due to an organisational re-structure)

Further details

This NFP Seminar is hosted by the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CATGR).

Illegal Groundwater Pumping

Date: 19 February 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Associate Professor Catarina Roseta Palma, ISCTE, Lisbon University Institute, Portugal

Abstract

Aquifer overexploitation is a serious problem in many regions. Most existing models minimize the difference between optimally managed aquifers and common property myopic solutions by not considering the environmental consequences of aquifer overexploitation. Moreover, it is becoming clear that illegal extractions are a significant stumbling block on the path towards the implementation of better management policies.

In this paper we develop a model of illegal pumping for irrigation in a setting where there are soil-productivity differences, with and without environmental externalities. We also discuss policy options when economic and social penalties affect compliance.

Bio

Associate Professor Catarina Roseta Palma is from the Department of Economics, ISCTE, and teaches in graduate and undergraduate courses within the fields of Microeconomics, Public Economics, and Environmental and Resource Economics. Her areas of research are in Environmental Economics and Economics.

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance. Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the seminar start, RSVP not required.

Business Links Breakfast Seminar: Should Wellington become a Super City?

Date: 17 February 2015

Time: 7.00 am

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)

The Centre for Accounting Governance and Taxation Research and the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies are pleased to invite you to a breakfast seminar:

Should Wellington become a Super City?

The Local Government Commission has presented its draft proposal for one council for the whole of the Wellington region (with eight Local Boards). The draft proposal for amalgamation is available online and submissions to the Commission close on 2 March 2015.

At this seminar Graham Sansom will present the background and key issues relevant to the proposal, while John Shewan will present the case for the proposal and Philip Barry the case against.

The presentations will be followed by opportunity for discussion.

This is a free seminar. For catering purposes kindly RSVP (acceptances only) by Thursday, 12 February to vanessa.borg@vuw.ac.nz  or telephone 04 463 5550

Trust and the Management of Uncertainty in Healthcare Rationing Decisions: The Case of NICE Technological Appraisals in England

Date: 4 February 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Buidling, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

Speaker: Professor Michael Calnan, University of Kent, UK  

Abstract:

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This presentation examines the ‘technological appraisals’ carried out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as it regulates the provision of expensive new drugs within the English NHS on cost effectiveness grounds. Regulators must assess and manage ‘risk’ in order to ensure the effective functioning of the transactions which occur under their jurisdiction. Recent evidence suggests that this role is more one of managing uncertainty than managing risk, but few investigations have explored how uncertainty is dealt with at the micro-level.

The presentation draws on ethnographic data – interviews with a range of stakeholders and decision-makers, observations of public and closed regulator meetings, and documentary analysis – regarding the decision-making processes involving three different pharmaceutical products. The study explores the various ways in which different forms of uncertainty are perceived, considered, presented and tackled both formally and informally within these drug appraisals.

Bio:

Professor Calnan is a medical sociologist who is interested in the Sociology of Health, Medicine and Health policy and has published extensively on wide range of health related topics. His current research interests include: (1) the study of trust relations in health systems including comparative work in Australia and India and a study on Trust, Risk and Uncertainty in NICE decision making and 2) the study of ageing and dignity in health care for older people.

Hosted by the Health Services Research Centre; our seminars are informal so feel free to bring your lunch and your colleagues. RSVPs are not required and there is no charge. Any enquiries to maggy.hope@vuw.ac.nz.

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Symposiums

Identifying What Works: Using Randomised Control Trials in Public Policy

Date: 7 July 2015

Time: 9.00 am

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatres 1 & 2 (GBLT1 & 2)

The aim of this free, full-day symposium is to build more knowledge and capability around Randomised Control Trials, both in government and among interested parties.

There will be presentations by international experts, a panel on examples, keynotes on 'Importance of Evidence' and 'Broader Issues of RCT's', and much more.

Speakers:
  • Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
  • Professor David Fergusson
  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
  • Professor Stuart McNaughton
  • Professor Richie Poulton
  • Associate Professor Tim Dare
  • Dr Sarah-Baird
  • David McKenzie
  • Berk Özler

Moderator and MC: Associate Professor Michael Macaulay (Institute for Governance & Policy Studies)

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 Download the flyer  1.2 MB PDF

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Workshops

NZ Macroeconomic Dynamics Workshop 2015

Date: 17 April 2015

Time: 8.15 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 3, RWW 315

The School of Economics and Finance will hold its 5th workshop on Friday, 17 April 2015 to honour leading macroeconomist Professor Stephen J. Turnovsky, Castor Chair of Economics at the University of Washington, US.

Keynote speaker: Professor Ian King, University of Melbourne, on "Job Qualities, Unemployment, and Public Policy".

Other presenters include:

  • Associate Professor, Efrem Castelnuovo, University of Melbourne
  • Mariano Kulish, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • Matthew Greenwood-Nimmo, Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • Anella Munro, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Associate Professor Valentyn Panchenko, University of New South Wales
  • Robert Kirkby, Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
Document File size File type
 NZ Macroeconomic Dynamics Workshop Programme 630 KB PDF

Hosted by the School of Economics and Finance.

There is no Registration Fee, but please notify Ingrid Watts (Ingrid.Watts@vuw.ac.nz) no later than Friday 10 April if you would like to attend and if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Econometrics Workshop 2015

Date: 20 February 2015

Time: 9.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 3, RWW315 (Workshop) and RWW314 (Refreshments)

A workshop organised by the Econometrics discipline staff within the School of Economics and Finance will be held on Friday, 20 February 2015, from 9.00am.

This year will feature keynote speaker Professor Chirok Han, Korea University.

Other presenters include:

  • Sanghyeok Lee, Australian National University
  • Peter Thomson, Statistics Research Associates Ltd
  • Professor Dean Hyslop, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Thanh Ngo, Massey University
  • Murat Genc, University of Otago
  • Richard Hatfield

The workshop programme can be downloaded below.

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Econometrics Workshop ProgrammePDF178KB

Please register with Ingrid Watts (Ingrid.Watts@vuw.ac.nz) no later than Friday, 13 February 2015, if you would like to attend and if you have any specific dietary requirements.

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