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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

Copyright Law and Policy in the Asia Pacific

Date: 27–28 November 2015

Time: 8.30 am

Venue: Level 4, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland

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The Asian Pacific Copyright Association (APCA), in conjunction with the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research at Victoria University of Wellington and the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland Business School, invites you to its inaugural Copyright Law and Policy in the Asia Pacific Conference.

The theme for the Copyright Law and Policy in the Asia Pacific Conference is deliberately broad in scope to encourage presentations addressing the diverse interests of copyright users, owners and policymakers in the region.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Peter Yu, Co-Director at the Centre for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Professor Susy Frankel, Chair of the Copyright Tribunal (NZ), Victoria University Faculty of Law
  • Professor Adrian Sterling, Patron and founder member APCA, Queen Mary University of London

Further information about registration and presentations

Go to the Copyright Law and Policy in the Asia Pacific Conference website for more information, including:

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

Victoria Business School Professional Programmes Information Evening

Date: 3 November 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: RBNZ Museum, 2 The Terrace, Wellington

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Fast track your career today with the right professional qualification from Victoria Business School.

Find out about staircasing through certificate and diploma courses, or find out about Master’s criteria, at the Professional Programmes Information Evening.

Victoria Business School offers a range of professional certificate, diploma and Master’s programmes designed for working professionals. Study is flexible with evening lectures and intensive block courses.

Programmes include:

RSVP to kay.demalmanche@vuw.ac.nz by Monday 2 November.

Find out more about our programmes at www.victoria.ac.nz/business.

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

Commerce Teachers Professional Development – Auckland

Date: 2 December 2015

Time: 8.30 am

Venue: Level 4 of Victoria University’s Auckland premises, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland


Victoria Business School invites Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, and Information Technology teachers to a Professional Development Day in Auckland.

This year topics will include the consequences of population ageing, regulation and reporting regimes, global business issues, IT implications for education, and political impacts on the business environment.

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  • Date: Wednesday 2 December 2015
  • Time: 8.30am–3.00pm
  • Venue: Level 4 of Victoria University’s Auckland premises, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland (entry is on the Kitchener Street/Bacons Lane corner)

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

RSVP to kay.demalmanche@vuw.ac.nz or phone 04-463 6888. We look forward to welcoming you.

Commerce Teachers Professional Development – Wellington

Date: 27 November 2015

Time: 8.30 am

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom


Victoria Business School invites Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, and Information Technology teachers to a Professional Development Day in Wellington.

This year topics will include the consequences of population ageing, regulation and reporting regimes, global business issues, IT implications for education, and political impacts on the business environment.

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 Download the Professional Development Day Programme 372 KB PDF
  • Date: Friday 27 November 2015
  • Time: 8.30am–3.00pm
  • Venue: Level 12 Boardroom of Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria Business School

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

RSVP to kay.demalmanche@vuw.ac.nz or phone 04-463 6888. We look forward to welcoming you.

IMCNZ-VBS Forum: Innovation in Consulting - Insights from CMC Conference

Date: 15 October 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 Phil Guerin, who has just returned from attending the 2015 CMC International Consulting conference in the Netherlands.

  • 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 attendance (or non-attendance) by Thursday 8 October so that we can cater accordingly
Background

IMC Wellington invites you to join us to hear insights, perspectives and stories from international speakers and practitioners at the CMC International Consulting conference...and some pictures of canals too.  This will be an educational and interactive evening with the opportunity to network/socialise with other Wellington IMC members.

About the speaker

Phil Guerin CMC is Wellington Convenor of IMC Events and has just returned from attending the 2015 CMC international consulting conference in the Netherlands. Phil also attended the ICMCI Congress – the annual meeting Institutes of Management Consulting from around the world.

IT Roles in a Disruptive Environment: Where will you be in three years?

Date: 1 October 2015

Time: 7.00 am

Venue: Victoria University Auckland Campus, Level 4, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland

Victoria Business School invites you to a breakfast seminar at its new Auckland campus, featuring guest speakers Ian Clarke (CEO of Fronde) & Dr Benoit Aubert (Professor of Information Systems at Victoria Business School).

About the presentation

The information technology and business environments are changing rapidly. However, the change is not linear as new trends emerge and make old skills and assets obsolete. Organisations have to adapt and innovate to retain customers and develop new markets, but at the same time have to provide a seamless service and integrate the numerous facets of business.

How do we ensure that organisations navigate through these changes? How can IT departments provide the required innovations while maintaining steady operations?

This breakfast seminar will highlight some of the paradoxes that managers have to address, and illustrate ways to deal with them.

  • Date: Thursday 1 October
  • Time: 7am - 8.15am
  • Venue: 50 Kitchener Street, Level 4 Barfoot and Thompson Building, The Chancery, Auckland
  • Register now (registrations close Friday 18 September)
About the speakers

Ian Clarke is CEO of technology company Fronde, and has broad business experience in the gas, agriculture, broadcasting and television production industries.

He has an MBA from Otago University and a diverse background including farming and general management, and operational experience among major New Zealand corporates.

Benoit Aubert is Professor of Information Systems and Head of the School of Information Management at Victoria Business School. He previously held the Professorship in Governance and Information Technology at HEC Montreal (Canada).

Professor Aubert has a long record of collaborations with both private and public organisations as well as with government agencies. He frequently acts as expert consultant on outsourcing decisions, IT strategy and enterprise reorganisations.

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.

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

Cash is King but Earnings are the Key to Meaningful Valuation

Date: 23 September 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

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

Speaker: Professor Peter Easton, University of Notre Dame, United States & 2015 Don Trow Visiting Fellow

Abstract

The method of valuation that has been taught in business schools for decades is discounted cash flow. We have all learned that one of the acceptable methods of valuation of assets for, say, goodwill impairment purposes, is that we forecast the expected future cash flows and sum their discounted present values. A shortcoming of this method is that, perhaps more often than not, the forecasts of cash flows for the next few years (i.e. for the years for which reasonably meaningful and justifiable forecasts can be made) capture only a small portion of the value of the asset. Thus we find ourselves relying on difficult to justify assumptions about cash flows beyond the forecast horizon.

I will show that, rather than relying on forecasts of cash flows, we can carry out our valuations based on forecasts of earnings. Importantly, the forecasts of earnings for the next few years capture most of the value and, hence, we do not have to be so concerned about assumptions about what happens beyond the forecast horizon. I will demonstrate this difference between cash flow-based valuation and earnings-based valuation in estimating the current value of Procter and Gamble.

About Professor Peter Easton
Professor Peter Easton, University of Notre Dame, United States & 2015 Don Trow Visiting Fellow

Professor Peter Easton, University of Notre Dame & 2015 Don Trow Visiting Fellow

Professor Peter Easton is currently the Notre Dame Alumni Professor of Accountancy in the Mendoza College of Business and is also the academic director of Notre Dame University's Centre for Accounting Research and Education, which he initiated in 2004 to help bridge the gap between academia and practice. Peter also holds teaching engagements at the University of New South Wales and Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Peter has served as associate editor of 11 leading accounting journals, publishes widely on corporate valuation, is an editor of the Review of Accounting Studies, and co-author of four widely adopted books published by Cambridge Business Publishers.

This Business Links Seminar is hosted by the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CATGR). It will be followed by light refreshments outside the Lecture Theatre. Attendance is free but places are limited, so RSVP (attendance only) to vanessa.borg@vuw.ac.nz by Thursday 17 September.

No Longer a United Kingdom: The History and Politics of Britain's Identity Crisis

Date: 17 September 2015

Time: 5.45 pm

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

Speaker: Sir Ivor Crewe, Master of University College, Oxford & President of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK

Presentation

The general election of May 2015 revealed a country more divided about its national identity and destiny than at any time since the rise of Irish nationalism over a century earlier. Each of the four nations of the United Kingdom is dominated by a different party; the winners of the election, the Conservatives, have a significant presence only in England. They must resolve in short order two existential crises, the prospect of an independent Scotland and of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

By the next election in 2020 the 'United Kingdom' may be unrecognisable. Why is one of history’s most successful political unions under threat? What might be done to restore it?

About Sir Ivor Crewe

Sir Ivor CreweSir Ivor Crewe is the Master of University College, Oxford and President of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, founding Director of the Institue of Social and Economic Research and Head of the Department of Government at Essex.

Sir Ivor is currently a governor of the European University Institute in Florence, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of the Arts London. He is Chairman of the Higher Education Policy Institute and an adviser to the Office for Fair Access.

Sir Ivor’s academic work focuses on British politics. He has written extensively on elections, public opinion and party politics in the UK. His books include Decade of Dealignment (with Bo Sarlvik) and SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party (with Anthony King). In 2013 he published as co-author with Anthony King The Blunders of our Governments (OneWorld Publishers).

Refreshments following this lecture, sponsored by the Faculty of Law. Please RSVP for catering purposes to law-events@vuw.ac.nz.

Why is Britain Badly Governed? And what can be done about it?

Date: 17 September 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

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

Speaker: Sir Ivor Crewe, Master of University College, Oxford & President of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK

Presentation

Successive British governments led by both the Conservative and Labour parties launch too many policy initiatives that fail to meet their objectives, waste large amounts of money and cause widespread dissatisfaction amounting sometimes to human distress. The causes are rooted both in the failings of our politicians and senior officials and in the policy-making system in which they operate.

Are there ways to improve the quality of our governing classes? How should the UK’s political institutions be reformed in order to reduce the scale of government blunders? What lessons can be learned from, and imparted to, other parliamentary democracies?

About Sir Ivor Crewe

Sir Ivor CreweSir Ivor Crewe is the Master of University College, Oxford and President of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, founding Director of the Institue of Social and Economic Research and Head of the Department of Government at Essex.

Sir Ivor is currently a governor of the European University Institute in Florence, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of the Arts London. He is Chairman of the Higher Education Policy Institute and an adviser to the Office for Fair Access.

Sir Ivor’s academic work focuses on British politics. He has written extensively on elections, public opinion and party politics in the UK. His books include Decade of Dealignment (with Bo Sarlvik) and SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party (with Anthony King). In 2013 he published as co-author with Anthony King The Blunders of our Governments (OneWorld Publishers).

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

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

The Future of Public Sector Accounting: New Zealand's Role

Date: 3 February 2016

Time: 5.30 pm

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

The Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research and the External Reporting Board are pleased to invite you to a joint Business Links Seminar.

The Future of Public Sector Accounting – New Zealand’s Role is a presentation by Andreas Bergmann and Ian Carruthers, outgoing and incoming Chair of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board respectively, with a commentary by Ken Warren Chief Accounting Advisor, Budget and Macroeconomic Branch, The Treasury.

This free seminar will be followed by light refreshments 7.00-7.30pm.

For catering purposes kindly RSVP (acceptances only) by Wednesday 27 January 2016 to vanessa.borg@vuw.ac.nz or telephone 04 463 5550.

"There Will Always be Paris?": Making Sense of COP21

Date: 2 February 2016

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 2 (GBLT2)

Speaker: Dr Adrian Macey, Senior Associate, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Background

IGPS attended the recent recent climate change summit in Paris under the leadership of Dr Adrian Macey, who will chair a public discussion on the meaning of the climate change agreement.

Along with other participants from COP21, this seminar will examine what the new climate change agreement means for the planet and New Zealand.

Panel speakers include:

  • Her Excellency Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, French Ambassador to NZ
  • Jo Tyndall, Climate Change Ambassador
  • John Carneige, Business New Zealand
  • Simon Hillier, Youth Delegate Professor
  • Dave Frame, Director of Climate Change Research Institute
Bio

Dr Adrian Macey was New Zealand’s first climate change ambassador, from 2006-2010, responsible for international climate change negotiations, coordination of international policy and domestic outreach.  In June 2010 he was elected Vice Chair of the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol negotiations, and then served as Chair for 2011.

In his previous career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he served as Ambassador to France, OECD and Algeria, and Ambassador in Bangkok with responsibilities for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. He was New Zealand’s Chief Trade Negotiator from 2000 to 2002.

At the IGPS, Dr Macey runs a roundtable series on climate change.

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

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: How New Zealand can up its game

Date: 27 January 2016

Time: 5.30 pm

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

Wise Response and the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies co-host this major discussion of the recent climate change summit in Paris.

There will be a panel discussion following the speakers' presentations. This will include a brief statement from the Wise Response Strategy Meeting, which is being held earlier in the day.

Speakers
  • Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC
  • Alison Dewes, agribusiness consultant
  • Rod Oram, journalist and commentator
  • James Young-Drew, NZ youth delegation to Climate Change conference

Chair: Professor Jonathan Boston, School of Government, Victoria University

All welcome, no RSVP required; email any enquiries to igps@vuw.ac.nz.

Government Competitiveness for the 21st Century: GC Ranks in 2015 and the Implications

Date: 21 January 2016

Time: 12.30 pm

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

Speaker: Professor Tobin Im, Director of Center for Government Competitiveness, and Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Public Administration, at Seoul University, Republic of Korea

Abstract

Despite a divergence in opinions about the role of the  government, many international organisations such as IMD and WEF report national competitiveness rankings using various approaches. While each ranking has established  its own methodological 'space', this lecture argues that the panoply of  competitiveness indices suffers from theoretical underdevelopment. Arising from  the post-Washington Consensus era, governance indices are limited by an  ideological approach that favors economic indicators, and advocate the  application of Western/developed country metrics to developing countries. A new  approach is needed.

The concept of Government Competitiveness (GC) introduced accounts  for a variety of factors overlooked by existing indices: the role of social organisations, the use of diverse inputs and varying internal activities (i.e.  conversion processes), and the imperative to address human needs at all stages of  development. This lecture challenges the blind use of 'governance', proposes a  novel approach to government competitiveness, and discusses the New Zealand  case.

Bio

Tobin Im is a  professor at the Graduate School of Public Administration at Seoul National University. He has recently conducted a research on 'Performance  Based Management: Comparing USA, China, and Korea' sponsored by Korea Research  Foundation.

He has published numerous  articles in world class academic journals such as ‘Does management Performance  Impact Citizen Satisfaction?’ in American Review of Public Administration, and many  books covering various aspects of public organisations. He has also served  as a consultant and advisor for many Korean government agencies over last 20 years. Professor Im is currently researching government competitiveness, and is President of Korean Association for Public Administration.

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

Auckland’s Growth: Infrastructure, Planning and Local Government Reform - 2

Date: 15 December 2015

Time: 12.15 pm

Venue: Auckland premises, 4th floor, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland

Speakers: Nicholas Green (Principal Advisor, New Zealand Productivity Commission) & Stephen Selwood (Chief Executive, New Zealand Council on Infrastructure Development)

Background

Nicholas Green, Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission, will speak to the Commission’s discussion paper and their first principles review of New Zealand’s planning system. Is it fit for purpose?

Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Council on Infrastructure Development (NZCID) will discuss Local Government Reform: Evolution or Revolution?

About Nicholas Green

Nicholas Green is a principal advisor with the Productivity Commission currently working on the Urban planning inquiry. He previously worked on the Using land for housing and Regulatory institutions and practices inquiries. Prior to joining the Commission, Nicholas worked for a number of public sector and non-government organisations, including the New Zealand University Students’ Association, Business New Zealand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and The Treasury.

About Stephen Selwood

Stephen Selwood is the Chief Executive of New Zealand’s peak infrastructure industry body, the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development. He is an expert on the infrastructure sector with a deep understanding of infrastructure governance, strategy, regulation, funding, delivery and management, having undertaken extensive research of infrastructure policy implementation and delivery within New Zealand and overseas. In August 2015 NZCID published a report on Local Government and Planning Law Reform.

Hosted by the School of Government to mark the establishment of the School of Government in Auckland. All welcome, RSVP acceptances to igps@vuw.ac.nz.

Paid Parental Leave: Policy and Politics in Australia

Date: 11 December 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Professor Marian Baird, University of Sydney

Abstract

The legacy of a strong and effective male breadwinner paradigm in Australian industrial relations has affected the way in which women’s interests are represented and responded to in the policy arena. This paper begins with the proposition that the Australian industrial relations system has an uncomfortably ambivalent relationship with women - especially women workers as mothers and carers - and that the ongoing tension between women and work and family is problematic for policy making. The paper then moves to policy developments, with a focus on the paid parental leave policy debates, including commentary on the positions of the three main industrial relations actors: government, employers and unions. The paper concludes with some options and speculation about future policy development in relation to women and work, in particular the option of making paid parental leave a National Employment Standard of the Fair Work Act rather than a welfare benefit in the social security portfolio.

Bio

Marian Baird is Professor of Employment Relations and Director of the Women Work Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. She is co-editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations and on the editorial board of the Australian Bulletin of Labour and the international journal, Community, Work and Family. She is a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, a member of the Women's College Council and on the Research Committee of the Diversity Council of Australia.

Marian is one of Australia's leading researchers in the fields of women, work and family. She has received a number of Australian Research Council and federal and state government grants to study maternity and parental leave, flexibility for working parents, women and the global financial crisis, mature age workers and low paid workers, gender equitable organisational change and work and family in regional Australia.

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

Auckland’s Growth: Infrastructure, Planning and Local Government Reform - 1

Date: 3 December 2015

Time: 12.15 pm

Venue: Auckland premises, 4th floor, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland

Speaker: Chris Parker, Chief Economist, Auckland Council

Background

Chris Parker, Chief Economist, Auckland Council will consider whether reforming infrastructure practices can help solve the housing affordability crisis in Auckland.

About Chris Parker

Chris Parker is Chief Economist at Auckland Council. A key role for Chris is to advise elected members, executive management and the public about the trade-offs of critical Auckland issues. Chris specialises in economic appraisal of policy, regulation and public investments. He has undertaken industry studies in residential construction and civil construction, and specialises in cost-benefit analysis of major infrastructure projects that change the evolution of cities.

Chris has recently authored an independent report for Auckland Council: Housing Supply, Choice and Affordability.

Hosted by the School of Government to mark the establishment of the School of Government in Auckland. All welcome, RSVP acceptances to igps@vuw.ac.nz.

Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum

Date: 24 November 2015

Time: 3.00 pm

Venue: Railway Building, Level 5, RWW 501

Speakers:
  • Madeline Sakofsky (Research Advisor at Volunteering New Zealand): "Volunteering New Zealand: State Of The Sector 2015"
  • Patricia Webster (Chair of the Community Work Training and Support Trust, Nelson): "Marketisation of Charities"
  • Lisa Marriott (Associate Professor of Taxation, School of Accounting and Commercial Law): "Crime Pays! Examining White-collar Crime in New Zealand"

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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Why Do Inventors Sell to Patent Trolls? Experimental Evidence for the Asymmetry Hypothesis

Date: 24 November 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Professor Stephen Haber, Stanford University, US

Abstract

Why do individual patent holders assign their patents to "trolls" rather than license their technologies directly to manufacturers or assert them through litigation? We explore the hypothesis that an asymmetry in financial resources between individual patent holders and manufacturers prevents individuals from making a credible threat to litigate against infringement. First, individuals may not be able to cover the upfront costs associated with litigation. Second, unsuccessful litigation can result in legal fees so large as to bankrupt the individual. Therefore, a primary reason why individual patent holders sell to PAEs is that they offer insurance and liquidity. We test this hypothesis by experimentally manipulating these financial constraints on a representative sample of inventors and entrepreneurs affiliated with academic institutions that are particularly known for their innovative activity: Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. We find that in the absence of these constraints, subjects were significantly less likely to sell their patent to a PAE in a hypothetical scenario. Furthermore, treatment effects were significant only for subjects who were hypothesized to be most sensitive to these constraints.

Bio

Stephen Haber is the A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor at Stanford University, where he holds appointments in the departments of Political Science, History, Economics and the Hoover Institution. He has spent his academic life investigating the political institutions and economic policies that delay innovation and improvements in living standards.

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

Where Does Liberty Thrive? Where Does Liberty Thrive? The Ecological Origins of Democracy and Autocracy

Date: 23 November 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

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

Professor Stephen Haber is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the A. A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.

In addition, he is a professor of political science, professor of history, and professor of economics (by courtesy), as well as a senior fellow of both the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Stanford Center for International Development. Haber directs the Hoover Institution Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity (IP2).

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

Accounting Students and the Work-Study Balance

Date: 20 November 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Dr Kate Wynn-Williams, University of Otago

Abstract

The background to this paper reflects student claims about increasing pressure to seek some level of paid employment during their undergraduate degrees, some to support their educational costs and some to gain work experience. Financial constraints may be playing an increasingly significant part on student life-styles, with more than 700,000 students carrying debt from outstanding student loans (Student Loan Scheme, 2013). While some students indicate they seek employment only during the summer holidays, or of an occasional nature, others describe the challenges of balancing nearly full-time jobs with nearly full-time study programmes. It is also the case that students are often busy with other extra-curricular activities, often requiring absence or special consideration with respect to study commitments. A limited range of prior research has been found in the field of accounting education that relates academic performance to non-academic influences.

This empirical study does just that, providing insights into the learning environment due to time pressure from outside commitments. The research question investigates the impact of a range of extra-curricular commitments on academic success (as measured by course grades) and student perceptions regarding the degree to which work commitments interfere with their studies. Statistical analysis of a survey conducted in an intermediate-level financial accounting class shows that the number of hours of paid employment is not statistically significant. However, the impact of paid employment does show statistically significant results. Suggestions are made regarding coping mechanisms and how some students successfully balance work and study in an increasingly competitive student environment.

Bio

Dr Wynn-Williams gained her BA (Philosophy) in 1974, followed by qualifications as a registered nurse. Later, commerce and accounting studies led to a BCom (Accounting) and a teaching position within the department in 1994. She finished her PhD in 1999. Dr Wynn-Williams is now a senior lecturer, teaching across the levels in both management and financial accounting. She is convenor for ACCT 102, ACCT 211.

Dr Wynn-Williams is also Associate Dean Academic for the Otago Business School.

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.

The Lesser of Two Evils: Double Tax Treaty Override or Treaty Abuse?

Date: 13 November 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Professor Craig Elliffe, University of Auckland

Abstract

On a coordinated basis the OECD and G20 are focusing on a far-reaching action plan to combat base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Their plans are designed to prevent treaty abuse, foil hybrid mismatches, prevent unusual and aggressive transfer pricing, and encourage much more timely and comprehensive information sharing. This group are also continuing to work on the broader tax challenges of the digital economy considering issues of nexus, data, and characterisation with a view to designing a fair and viable system designed to tax profits in the jurisdiction where economic activities occur and where value is created. There is great uncertainty about what income arises from the digital economy and also how it could be assessed and paid. How should a government respond when it believes that a multinational (such as Google) operating in its country uses the substantive provisions of a double tax agreement to pay virtually no tax in its jurisdiction? While the world awaits an integrated solution, a second level of governmental response to BEPS is emerging and involves purely domestic taxation legislation introduced on a unilateral basis. This is not coordinated and it is controversial because, arguably, it is designed in some circumstances to override existing treaty obligations.

The 1989 OECD Report on treaty override categorised various situations of treaty override as acceptable and unacceptable behaviour for governments. In that Report the OECD discussed a case of treaty abuse involving the alienation of immovable property. They concluded that even though the new overriding legislation was designed to put an end to an improper use of the tax treaty it was an impermissible contravention of a tax treaty obligation. This paper argues that in such circumstances, now, a domestic law treaty override is both a justified and acceptable course of action. This view is based upon three key arguments. The first is that the purpose of tax treaties has changed from when the Report was written so that it is now clear that it is a main purpose of the treaty to prevent tax avoidance and evasion. Secondly, domestic law already overrides treaties in situations of abuse. It has emerged since 1989 that domestic general anti-avoidance rules influence and affect double tax agreements in the vast majority of countries. Thirdly, as a matter of international law it can be argued that a taxpayer should not be able to take advantage of a treaty in an abusive way in which their own state could not. The state is required to apply the treaty in good faith and so should the taxpayer.

Seen in this light recent developments made by the United Kingdom and Australia involving new tax rules appear reasonable rather than unreasonable even if the developments are examples of unilateral legislative treaty override (which the UK and Australia would contest). The approach in these jurisdictions, being grounded in preventing abusive structure and transactions, is consistent with the purpose of double tax treaties.

Bio

Professor Craig Elliffe (LLB(Hons), BCom Otago, LLM Camb) was appointed to a chair after 14 years as a tax partner at KPMG and nine years as a tax partner at Chapman Tripp. Craig’s research areas are in the field of international tax, corporate tax and tax avoidance, and he is the author of International and Cross-Border Taxation in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters), Dividend Imputation: Practice and Procedure (Lexis), and has written numerous articles and other materials on tax. He is listed in Chambers and the International Tax Review as a leading tax practitioner, and is the Director of the MTaxS programme (the leading postgraduate tax course in New Zealand).

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.

Determinants of Regulatory Responses to Risks from Financial Innovation: Survey Evidence from G20

Date: 23 October 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Senior Lecturer in Finance, Department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Otago

Abstract

We explore the factors that shape the extent and scope of the response of G20 countries to a Financial Stability Board (FSB) recommendation aimed at mitigating the risks from financial innovation. Using a formal content analysis of the FSB’s Implementation Monitoring Network Surveys, we develop an index of disclosed strength of regulatory responses. We find that G20 countries have displayed large interpretive differences, little forward planning and have emphasised regulatory capabilities over firm capabilities when addressing the recommendation. Countries with strong central banks, more concentrated regulatory structures and bank-based financial systems responded more robustly, while countries with a large financial sector were marginally associated with a weaker response. The latter suggests that financial sector lobbying has weakened regulatory responses.

Bio

Dr Ivan Diaz-Rainey is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Otago, New Zealand. He has previously held academic positions at the University of East Anglia (UK), the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and the Higher Colleges of Technology (Abu Dhabi). Prior to moving into academia he worked in a variety of investment and finance roles in the City of London. He is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics and the CFA Institute. He has previously conducted research, policy and consultancy work for a number of organisations, including the OECD, E.ON UK plc and the European Capital Markets Institute. His current research interests include; financial innovation, commodity markets and carbon finance. He is Managing Guest Editor of a 2015 Special Issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change on "The technological transformation of capital markets".

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

"All in the Mind?" The Metaphysics of Intellectual Property Law

Date: 23 October 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Dr Alexandra George, University of New South Wales

Abstract

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that deals with what something is and the nature of its existence. It helps to explain the world in which humans live, and it helps to underpin human interpretations and applications of knowledge. In his famous 19th Century reference to the seeming evanescence found in some of intellectual property law’s prominent doctrines, Justice Story signalled the importance of metaphysics to an understanding of this area of law. That is, without a philosophical appreciation of how the law is constructed and what it consists of, the law of patents and copyright — and also of trademarks, designs and other intellectual property doctrines — can be very difficult to understand or use effectively. Without mindfulness of its metaphysics, the law risks incoherence and internal inconsistencies.

Applied to intellectual property law, metaphysics considers the nature and form of intellectual property and the essence of its constituent parts. It looks at how intellectual property exists, the shape it takes, and the constitutive properties of intellectual property laws. In a sense, metaphysics asks "what is special about intellectual property law?” or “what gives intellectual property law a distinct identity?" Particular discussions about how to answer these sorts of metaphysical or ontological questions may include reference to the imaginary nature of intellectual property objects, the way in which intellectual property objects are constructed by legal concepts, the typical structure of intellectual property doctrines, and familial characteristics of intellectual property laws. Metaphysics’ concern with what ‘intellectual property’ is contrasts with other philosophical methods found in the jurisprudence of intellectual property, such as epistemological explorations of the justifiability of beliefs about intellectual property; political philosophy explorations of the role of intellectual property law — and its concomitant rights — in mediating between the individual and society; or normative explorations of how intellectual property laws can be implemented to reflect underlying moral or political values.

In outlining a metaphysical approach to the study of intellectual property law, this paper considers the nature of intellectual property from various perspectives. First, it surveys common approaches to the definition of ‘intellectual property’, and explains why they are metaphysically unsatisfactory. Second, it examines the ‘imaginary’, legally-constructed nature of both intellectual property laws and the objects they regulate. Third, it takes a structural approach to examine the constituent properties that are typically used by the law to build intellectual property doctrines. Fourth, it suggests that — as the term ‘intellectual property’ is used in ways that tend to embrace legal doctrines falling outside the typical structural framework — a useful method of exploring the metaphysics of this area of law may be to adopt a contextual approach or a ‘family resemblance’ approach to explain what intellectual property is and the nature of its existence. Finally, it closes with an exploration of challenges to the intellectual property law framework that are emerging in the face of advances such as the advent of 3D printing, cyborgs and other disruptive technologies.

Bio

Dr Alexandra George joined the UNSW Law Faculty in 2007, having had earlier academic appointments at Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Exeter in the UK. She has also worked at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and at the University of Sydney, has practised as an intellectual property and media lawyer, was Associate to Justice MF Moore in the Federal Court of Australia and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, and worked in journalism at Reuters.

Alexandra is particularly interested in the philosophy of intellectual property law, and globalisation and intellectual property. Her publications examine issues such as the metaphysics and structure of intellectual property law, ‘property’ in and the commodification of intangible objects, and the communicative effects of intellectual property law. She also writes on the role of intellectual property in the globalisation process, and practical issues in intellectual property enforcement.

Her book Constructing Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012) examines the ways in which the legal system defines into existence and regulates intellectual property. By analyzing the metaphysical structure of intellectual property law and the concepts the legal system uses to construct 'intellectual property', the book helps to explain the role of intellectual property from a structural — rather than the traditional normative -- perspective. Alexandra has received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at UNSW.

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.

The Impact of Life Events on the Tourism Behaviour of Senior Citizens

Date: 21 October 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Dominik Huber, Tourism Management Group, Victoria University

Abstract

The senior market is a driving force in the tourism industry and one of the fastest growing market segments. Demographic changes, and the evolving travel routines of those people reaching senior age, suggest enormous potential for the tourism industry. Even though tourism scholars recognise the importance of this subject, seniors' tourism behaviour remains a relatively under-researched topic in the field. The underpinning rationale behind this thesis is that the life courses of seniors are shaped by meaningful transitions such as deteriorating physical health, changes in family structure and social roles. The aim of the thesis is to identify relevant life events, to investigate how they impact on seniors' tourism behaviour, and to get an in-depth understanding of the meanings behind this phenomenon.

The thesis is based on qualitative research and results in a senior tourism behaviour model which integrates leisure-constraints approaches and the fundamentals of ecological systems theory. The thesis demonstrates that life events operate on different constraint and facilitator levels, reflecting the complexity of their impact on tourism behaviour.

Bio

Dominik Huber joined the Tourism Management Group at Victoria University in 2015 as a contract lecturer at the School of Management. He arrived in New Zealand in 2011 to start his PhD thesis at Auckland University of Technology: "The impact of life events on the tourism behaviour of senior citizens in Freising, Germany". Dominik was awarded with the Vice Chancellor Scholarship and Graduate Assistantship Award at AUT and graduated in December 2014. Before Dominik moved to New Zealand he worked in different fields related to geography and tourism including urban planning, tourism and energy consulting, and land surveying in Germany and Switzerland.

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

Surprised by the Gambler's and Hot Hand Fallacies? A Truth in the Law of Small Numbers

Date: 16 October 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Adam Sanjurjo, Assistant Professor, University of Alicante, Spain

Abstract

We find a subtle but substantial bias in a standard measure of the conditional dependence of present outcomes on streaks of past outcomes in sequential data. The underlying mechanism is a form of selection bias, which causes the empirical (conditional) probability to underestimate the true conditional probability of a given outcome, when conditioning on prior outcomes of the same kind. The biased measure has been used prominently in the literature that investigates incorrect beliefs in sequential decision making – most notably the Gambler's Fallacy and the Hot Hand Fallacy. Upon correcting for the bias, the conclusions of some prominent studies in the literature are reversed. The bias also provides a structural explanation of why the belief in the law of small numbers persists, as repeated experience with finite sequences can only reinforce these beliefs, on average.

(Joint with Joshua B. Miller)

Bio

Dr Adam Sanjurjo is originally from Northern California, and went to college at UCSB, where he studied economics and mathematics. After working for two years as a research assistant in the Trading Risk Analysis group of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, he completed a PhD in Economics at UCSD. Adam's research areas were behavioral/cognitive, experimental, and theory, and his dissertation was about decision making under cognitive load, primarily in the context of multiple attribute search. His most recent research focuses on decision making based on sequential data.

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

Meeting User Expectations: Why NZ Entities Need To Now Adopt Integrated Reporting

Date: 15 October 2015

Time: 5.15 pm

Venue: Level 15 of Grant Thornton House, 215 Lambton Quay, Wellington

The Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research cordially invites you to a Business Links Panel Discussion.

Background

Users say corporate reporting is no longer fit for purpose – hence the call to New Zealand business for Integrated Reporting. The panellists at this session will outline the benefits, progress to date (both domestic and international) and also propose some future actions for decision makers that might make Integrated Reporting more "top of mind".

Panellists include:

  • Ann Webster, Assistant Auditor-General, Research and Development in the Office of the Auditor-General
  • Jane Diplock, a Director of the International Integrated Reporting Council Board
  • Mark Hucklesby, Grant Thornton’s National Technical Director
  • Warren Allen, immediate Past President of IFAC

This Business Links Seminar is hosted by the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CATGR). It will be followed by light refreshments; attendance is free but places are limited, so RSVP (attendance only) to vanessa.borg@vuw.ac.nz by Friday 9 October.

Using Categories in Health Care Decision Making: The Household, the Consultation Room, and the Multidisciplinary Team Meeting

Date: 15 October 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

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

Speaker: Kevin Dew, Professor of Sociology, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University

Abstract

This presentation explores different ways in which category work is a resource for patients and health professionals to justify actions in different spaces. It draws together material from three research programmes, each with a different 'spatial' focus: the household, the consultation room and the multidisciplinary team meeting. Decision making around health interventions was explored through the categorisation work that takes place in these spaces. The household research identified the household as a centre of knowledge production that subverts, manipulates or aligns with expert systems. Fixed and stable expert knowledge becomes flexible and hybridised inside the home. The consultation room research identified a number of interactional elements in talk about side effects and talk about unorthodox interventions that attempt to stabilise the categories used by health experts. The multidisciplinary team meeting research identified different forms of authority that are called upon in hospital-based cancer care meetings, where health professionals mix scientific understandings with other ways of knowing in determining treatment options.

Bio

Kevin Dew is Professor of Sociology at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a founding member of the Applied Research on Communication in Health (ARCH) group. Current research activities include studies of interactions between health professionals and patients, cancer care decision-making in relation to health inequities and the social meanings of medications.

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

A Principled Framework for Assessing General Anti-Avoidance Regimes

Date: 9 October 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Professor Kerrie Sadiq, Queensland University of Technology

Abstract

The enactment of general anti-avoidance regimes (GAARs) in domestic legislation, along with the analysis of those regimes, is well documented. Academic studies generally focus on an analysis of the introduction and subsequent interpretation and application of GAARs in jurisdictions such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, China and India. However, a review of current literature reveals that different academics evaluate GAARs based on different sets of criteria. This results in an absence of a common theoretical framework to assess the effectiveness of existing and proposed GAARs. Further, it is difficult to undertake a comparative analysis of GAARs as a lack of a common normative framework decreases the ability and robustness of a comparison of findings. This article develops a normative framework to assess GAARs by adopting a systematic analysis of relevant academic articles published since 2000. Thirty-eight articles were included in the study with each coded to ascertain common themes. This allowed categories of quotations to be determined and a structured theoretical framework to be developed.

The article concludes that the resulting framework highlights five principles relating to the structure and evaluation of GAARs: purposive and objective interpretation, a proactive stance, discretion, certainty, and the ability to alter liability. Each of these principles is discussed and, in doing so, this article fills a gap in the current literature by developing a principled framework to help ensure that future studies evaluate GAARs from a single point of view.

Bio

Kerrie Sadiq is a Professor of Taxation in the School of Accountancy at the QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Taxation Law and Policy Research Group, Monash University and a Senior Tax Adviser to the Tax Justice Network (UK). She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B Com) from The University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB Hons) from The University of Queensland, a Master of Laws (LLM) from Queensland University of Technology, and a PhD from Deakin University.  Kerrie is a Chartered Tax Adviser as designated by the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Kerrie primarily researches in international tax, tax expenditures and capital gains tax. She is author of numerous publications in both Australian and International journals and edited books and is a co-author of taxation texts. Kerrie is often cited in the media in relation to international tax issues and regularly receives invitations to speak on contemporary tax topics. Recent work has been specifically on issues in international tax, such as transfer pricing, the OECD’s approach to base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), Australia’s role in the G20 and the BEPS project, and automatic exchange of tax information. In 2014-15, Kerrie wrote balanced articles on BEPS for The Conversation, as well as writing and presenting findings for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and appearing before the 2015 Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance. Prior to joining Queensland University of Technology, Kerrie spent 20 years at The University of Queensland, as a member of both their Law School and Business School.

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.

Understanding the Perceived Destination Image of New Zealand as Revealed in Travel Blogs written by Mainland Chinese Tourists

Date: 7 October 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Railway Building, Level 2, RWW 223

Speaker: Janet Tang, Master in Tourism Management graduate

Presentation

This presentation will discuss the overall perceived destination image of New Zealand which has been revealed through the analysis of 139 blog entries written by 36 Chinese bloggers. Topics of discussion will include the activities and attractions Chinese participate in, positive and negative perceptions of New Zealand, and their response to familiar and unfamiliar encounters. This presentation will also highlight how influential these Chinese bloggers are and how their advice is considered a valuable information source for Chinese consumers considering travelling to New Zealand.

About the presenter

Having just completed her Masters in Tourism Management at Victoria University, Janet is currently seeking career opportunities where she can apply her knowledge and skills. For the past 18 months Janet has also worked as an intern at the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand, assisting on a variety of projects and gaining valuable tourism industry experience.

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

Addressing Disadvantage: Key Messages from the Productivity Commission Report on 'More Effective Social Services'

Date: 1 October 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

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

Speakers: James Soligo and Dave Heatley, Principal Advisors, Productivity Commission

Background

Social services help New Zealanders to live healthy, safe and fulfilling lives. They provide access to health services and education opportunities, and protect and support the most vulnerable. The quality of these services and their accessibility for those in need are crucial to the ongoing wellbeing of New Zealanders.

In June 2014, the government asked the Productivity Commission to look at ways to improve outcomes from government-funded social services. The Commission recently released its final report title More Effective Social Services.

The report has two key messages. First, system-wide improvement can be achieved and should be pursued. Second, New Zealand needs better ways to join up services for those with multiple, complex needs. Capable clients should be empowered with more control over the services they receive. Those less capable need close support and a response tailored to their needs, without arbitrary distinctions between services and funds divided into "health", "education", etc. The Commission’s report explains the weaknesses in the current system, and makes recommendations about how to make social services more responsive, client-focused, accountable and innovative.

About the presenters

James Soligo and Dave Heatley are Principal Advisors at the Productivity Commission and have spent the past 14 months deeply involved in the More Effective Social Services inquiry.

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.

Learning in Network Games

Date: 1 October 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 11 Meeting Room, RH1113

Speaker: Dr Jaromír Kovářík, Assistant Professor, University of the Basque Country, Czech Republic

Abstract

We report the findings of an experiment designed to study how people learn in network games. Network games offer new opportunities to identify learning rules, since on networks (compared to e.g. random matching) more rules differ in terms of their information requirements. Our experimental design enables us to observe both which actions participants choose and which information they consult before making their choices. We use this information to estimate learning types using finite mixture models. There is substantial heterogeneity in learning types. However, the vast majority of our participants' decisions are best characterized by reinforcement learning or (myopic) best-response learning. We also find that participants in more complex situations (with more network neighbours) tend to resort to simpler rules more often than others.

Bio

Jaromír Kovářík has been a Researcher at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic since March 2014. Since 2008, he is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department I of the University of the Basque Country. He holds a PhD in Quantitative Economics from the Economics Department of the University of Alicante (2008). His research looks at: Social networks, (behavioural and evolutionary) game theory, learning, experimental economics, social norms (all the topics both theoretically and empirically).

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

The Dynamics of Price Discovery: Evidence from Canadian-US Cross-listed Firms

Date: 25 September 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Ivan Indriawan, Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology

Abstract

This paper studies the dynamics of price discovery for a large sample of Canadian companies cross-listed on the New York Stock Exchange from January 2004 to January 2011. Using daily measures of price discovery, we model the interactions between daily price discovery measures, trading volume, bid-ask spread, and algorithmic trading activity using a vector autoregression (VAR), taking into account lagged and contemporaneous relations among the variables.

We observe that over time, the US market is gaining dominance in terms of price discovery. Improvements in liquidity increase an exchange’s contribution to price discovery, while at the same time, an increase in price discovery leads to better liquidity. We also find that algorithmic trading activity is negatively related to price discovery of cross-listed stocks, which we attribute to the crowding out effect as arbitrageurs make use of computers to compete for arbitrage opportunity. As a consequence, high-frequency trading by these arbitrageurs pushes away informed investors, who are disadvantaged in terms of speed. We conjecture that the increasing dominance of the U.S. market is related to improvements in liquidity of US market relative to Canada, especially after the adoption of regulation NMS in the US.

Bio

Ivan Indriawan is a Research Fellow at the Auckland Center for Financial Research, Auckland University of Technology. He is currently nearing completion of PhD under the supervision of Professor Bart Frijns, and Professor Alireza Tourani-Rad. His thesis combines a focus on macroeconomic news announcements and underlying market microstructure theory that drives prices of stocks listed in multiple markets.

His research interests include: Market Microstructure, Financial Markets, Macroeconomic News Announcements, and Applied Econometrics. His work has been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Empirical Finance.

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

The Value of the Cruise Sector to NZ's Economy and Forecasts

Date: 23 September 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Raewyn Tan, General Manager of Cruise New Zealand

Presentation

In the absence of official measurement and value, despite being the equivalent of New Zealand's 3rd largest inbound source of holiday arrivals, Cruise New Zealand undertakes these analyses on its own. This presentation will discuss the size and economic value of the cruise sector to New Zealand as published in Cruise New Zealand's recently released economic impact report for 14/15 cruise season, and will also outline forecasts and its influencing factors.

Bio

Currently General Manager of Cruise New Zealand, Raewyn joined the sector in 2008 when she joined Tourism New Zealand in the then newly created role of Cruise Market Development Manager. Prior to that, she was in the international marketing team at Positively Wellington Tourism and was Research Fellow at Victoria University on the FRST-funded "Tourism Distribution Channels" project. Raewyn is passionate about the cruise sector and enjoys using her research and destination marketing skills in this lobbyist role at Cruise New Zealand.

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

Trading on our Reputation: Integrity and its Importance to NZ's Tourism Sector

Date: 22 September 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

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

Speakers: Al Morrison (Deputy State Services Commissioner) & Michael Baines (CE, Motel Association of New Zealand). This discussion will be moderated by Mark Sainsbury.

Background

Integrity is an essential component of New Zealand's reputation. During the discussion we look at what integrity means and how the measures of integrity are broadening and becoming increasingly demanding.

We then turn our focus to the tourism sector - exactly what is the importance of integrity to our tourism sector?

Co-hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Transparency International New Zealand. All welcome, RSVP attendance to igps@vuw.ac.nz.

Competitive Cross-Subsidization

Date: 18 September 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr Zhijun Chen, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland

Abstract

This paper analyses competitive pricing by multiproduct firms facing consumers with heterogeneous shopping patterns. We show that cross-subsidization arises when overall equally efficient firms have comparative advantages over different products. Competing multiproduct firms are substitutes for one-stop shoppers but they are complements for multi-stop shoppers. Thus, competition for one-stop shoppers drives total prices down to cost, but firms earn a profit from multi-stop shoppers on their strong products, and price weak products below cost. Banning below-cost pricing leads to higher profits at the expense of higher prices for one-stop shoppers, but it can either reduce or increase consumer surplus and total welfare, it thus calls for cautious regulations on below-cost pricing in competitive markets.

Bio

Dr Zhijun Chen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Auckland. He was awarded the PhD of Economics from Toulouse School of Economics in 2006 and the PhD of Management Science from Wuhan University in 2002.

Before joining the University of Auckland, Dr Chen was appointed the Associate Professor in Zhejiang University, the post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Competition Policy in the University of East Anglia, and the Marie-Curie Research Fellow in Ecole Polytechnique.

His main research interests are Industrial Organisation, Competition Policy and Applied Microeconomics, and his research papers are published in leading economics journals including the American Economic Review, the Rand Journal of Economics and Journal of Law and Economics.

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

Imagining Intelligible Accounting for the Future: A Critical Examination of (dis)placement in the Pacific Islands

Date: 18 September 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: Dr Stephanie Perkiss, Macquarie University

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine contemporary accountability relationships for challenging and future issues of displacement and to imagine broader ways of being accountable. Design/methodology/approach: The paper explores the meaning and understanding of place and displacement and, with sociology of worth, provides discussion for greater accountability. A SOW framework is anchored to the 'local' Pacific Island case/situation to give critical examination of forward-looking displacement.

There is need to challenge both current modes of economic and sustainability accounting and accountability to give better consideration to complex social phenomena. Intelligible accounts are examined as a way of providing greater moral accountability and drive to a just society. These accounts, tested in the Pacific Island SOW case study analyses produce a narrative of complex and conflicting states of worth and accountability relationships in relation to forward-looking issues of displacement. They also provide hope for accounting for future generations through critical accounting research.

Bio

Dr Stephanie Perkiss is a lecturer of accounting at Macquarie University, and joined the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance in 2015 after completing a PhD at UOW. Prior to academia, Stephanie worked as a professional accountant.

Dr Perkiss is currently involved in research projects that focus on accounting and accountability for current and future issues of displacement, including the predicted displacement caused by sea level rise. Her research approach is interdisciplinary and appeals to multiple theories and methodologies, such as sociology of worth, critical social theory, moral philosophy and an understanding of the consequences of globalisation. This research aims to address the challenges of displacement that remain unaccounted for in traditional/modern accounting frameworks.

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.

Law and Economics of Disasters and Taxation

Date: 16 September 2015

Time: 12.15 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Level 3 Moot Room (GB 340)

Speaker: Professor Satoshi Watanabe, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

Background

Professor Satoshi Watanabe will talk about the relationship between the Japanese tax system and natural disasters, applying insights from the law and economics theory on tort (or accident) law to policy issues relating to natural disasters.

He has previously written an article entitled "Natural Disasters and Taxation", dividing taxation measures in response to a disaster into those that might be taken prior (providing incentives for disaster prevention and preparedness activities) and subsequent (economic relief for disaster victims) to a disaster. Inevitably, there exist contradictory aspects between the two, namely that an advance promise of subsequent economic relief might reduce the effort applied to prior disaster preparedness measures. Further, although prior measures are policies related to the distribution of resources, subsequent measures are policies related to the distribution of income.

In this presentation Professor Watanabe asks whether it is possible to avoid taking a view divided by prior and subsequent measures, or by resource and income distribution, and instead to think about the relationship between natural disasters and taxation from a more unified policy perspective. He will propose thinking about policy responses to natural disasters from the point of view of a criterion of "minimizing the total social cost of disasters". Tax system measures, measures relating to annual expenditure, what should happen about insurance, etc., will then be considered in as unified a policy framework as possible.

Bio

Professor Satoshi Watanabe joined the Ministry of Finance in Japan following the award of his Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Tokyo in 1980. By 1985 he had obtained a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. He then worked as an economist in the Asian Department of the IMF, in the Ministry of Finance and in the Japanese diplomatic corps. From 1999-2001, he was Vice Chair, Working Party 9 of the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs and also the co-chair of the OECD Consumption Tax Technical Advisory Group. He was appointed to a Chair in 2002 and was also the Director of the Research Department of the Policy Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance in Japan.

Professor Watanabe's fields of specialisation are Taxation, Public Finance, and Law and Economics. His present research themes are Tax Policy, Tax Strategy and Tax Laws.

This Seminar is hosted by the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CATGR). Attendance is free but places are limited, so RSVP (attendance only) to vanessa.borg@vuw.ac.nz by Friday 11 September.

Positive and Negative CEO Personality Traits and Firm Communication: Overconfidence, Narcissism or Self-Esteem?

Date: 11 September 2015

Time: 2.30 pm

Venue: Railway Building, Level 1, RWW 129

Speaker: A/Prof Encarna Guillamon-Saorin, University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Abstract

We propose a novel approach based on graphology analysis to identify self-esteem and narcissism and investigate how thesetraits influence firm communication. We view self-esteem as a positive trait, reflecting a strong self-concept built on a true sense of self-confidence. Narcissism, however, is a negative trait, associated with a more fragile self-view reflected by demonstrations of grandiosity and arrogance. We hypothesise that these traits lead to differential communication styles.

We predict CEOs with high self-esteem will provide informative disclosures. Conversely, narcissistic CEOs will bias disclosureto justify their performance, using communication as a mechanism of self-defence and preservation of their self-esteem. The results confirm these predictions. High self-esteem CEOs show lower attributional biases, disclose more information and use less positive tone. However, narcissistic CEOs are more likely to show attributional biases and link any firm underperformance to external causes, whilst attributing positive outcomes to their own merits.

Bio

Dr Encarna Guillamon-Saorin is assistant professor in the Department of Business Administration at University Carlos III de Madrid. She has a degree in Personnel Management, a BA (Hons) Business in Europe at Manchester Metropolitan University, and completed a PhD at UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business in Dublin (Ireland). Her main research interest is in the area of financial reporting, in particular managing disclosure strategies focusing on impression management and bias in voluntary disclosures in an international context.

Hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law.  RSVP to Lee.Vassiliadis@vuw.ac.nz for catering purposes.

Homeownership and Labour Market Flexibility: New Spatial-Econometric Evidence for New Zealand

Date: 11 September 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Dr William Cochrane, Associate Researcher, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato

Abstract

The proportion of New Zealand households living in owner-occupied dwellings has declined markedly since the early 1990s. The long-run rate of unemployment declined as well, at least until the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008. Research initiated by Andrew Oswald, and recently extended jointly with David Blanchflower, suggests that these two trends are linked and that the causality runs from high homeownership to high unemployment. An extensive theoretical and empirical literature on this hypothesis exists internationally but there is no consensus. Using spatial econometric panel models and New Zealand census data from 1986 until 2006, Cochrane and Poot (2007) provide evidence in favour of the Oswald-Blanchflower hypothesis, finding that the homeownership rate has a statistically significant positive effect on the unemployment rate of a labour market area.

This paper seeks to extend this previous work in three ways. Firstly, we re-estimate the model using a spatial econometric approach suggested by Lesage and Pace (2009) that allows us to distinguish between direct and indirect spatial effects. Secondly, following Baert et al. (2013) we disaggregate homeownership into freehold and mortgaged homes. Thirdly, we add data from the 2013 census, which still reflects the growth in unemployment since the GFC. Our prior is that all three extensions are likely to modify or even challenge the previous findings.

Bio

Dr Bill Cochrane was a Research Fellow in the Population Studies Centre from 2002-2010, and continues in the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis as an Associate Researcher. He is involved in the provision of a wide range of consultancy services to local authorities, district health boards and various NGO's in the areas of population projection and labour market analysis.

He gained his PhD from the University of Waikato in 2011 researching regional diversity and local labour market outcomes in New Zealand.

Dr Cochrane's research interests lie in Labour Economics. He specialises in the econometric analysis of local labour markets, spatial econometric analysis, evaluation of policy particularly in relation to the labour market and social security system, labour market and small area demographic projections; as well as analysis of the organisation of work and workplace productivity.

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

The Agony and Ecstasy of Operating NZ’s First Integrated Regional Development Agency

Date: 9 September 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

Speaker: Stuart Trundle, CEO of the Venture Taranaki Trust

Background

Stuart oversaw the formation of the first regional agency to combine the responsibilities of an economic development agency, a regional tourism organisation, a film commission and a major events attraction team. He will give personal insights of the successes and failures from his experiences directing regional and national economic strategies in the UK, Poland, Romania and Taranaki whilst managing the creative tensions of multiple funding relationships with territorial local authorities, central government and the private sector.

Bio

Stuart Trundle is the chief executive of Venture Taranaki Trust, the regional development agency for Taranaki regarded as one of the leading models for economic development in New Zealand. Stuart is also a board member for the Economic Development Centre at AUT, past chair of the Economic Development Association of New Zealand and a board member of the Bishop’s Action Foundation. Before forming Venture Taranaki, Stuart was managing director of the largest Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom, an external examiner of the MBA programme at the University of Wolverhampton Business School and the course validator for the University of Central England’s Diploma in Management Studies.

Stuart's work in the formation of regional economic development agencies in Poland and Romania was supported by the British Government and European Commission. In October 2012 Stuart was awarded the New Plymouth District Mayoral Award for Business, presented in recognition of over 14 years commitment to economic development in the region. He is a past winner of the Vero Excellence in Business Support Award.

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

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

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.

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.

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
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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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University Community Events

IBM Business Case Competition: Information Session

Date: 22 September 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 IBM Business Case Competition.

Beginners are welcome to enter the IBM Business Case Competition on Saturday 26 September -- 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 IBM New Zealand.

Final information session from 5.00-5.30pm:

  • Tuesday 22 September, Rutherford House, Level 12 Boardroom

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

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Workshops

Finance Workshop 2015

Date: 20 November 2015

Time: 8.30 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 3, RWW 315

A day-long Workshop organised by the Finance discipline within the School of Economics and Finance will be held on Friday, 20 November 2015, from 8.30am.

This year will feature keynote speaker, Professor Douglas Foster, Professor of Finance at the University of Sydney Business School.

Other presenters include:

The Workshop programme can be viewed below:

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There is no registration fee to attend the workshop, but for catering purposes RSVP to Ingrid Watts (Ingrid.Watts@vuw.ac.nz) no later than Friday 13 November 2015.

Microeconomics Workshop

Date: 30 October 2015

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Railway Building, Level 3, RWW 315

The School of Economics and Finance invites you to attend the 2015 Microeconomics Workshop at Victoria University's Pipitea campus.

Academics from New Zealand and Australia will lead four sessions during the day. Speakers include:

  • Dr Richard Watt, University of Canterbury
  • Dr Vladimir Petkov, Victoria University
  • Dr Vladimir Smirnov, University of Sydney
  • Dr Richard Meade, University of Auckland
  • Dr Simona Fabrizi, Massey University
  • Dr Steffen Lippert, University of Auckland
  • Dr Georgy Artemov, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Yiğit Sağlam, Victoria University

For catering purposes, RSVP to Ingrid.Watts@vuw.ac.nz no later than Friday, 23 October 2015. Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements.

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The Digital Economy in Wellington: Too Invisible for its Own Good?

Date: 22 October 2015

Time: 4.00 pm

Venue: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 2 (GBLT2)


The School of Management and the School of Computer Science are co-hosting this opportunity to learn and discuss research findings from leading practitioners, and consider the next steps for Wellington's digital sector.

This workshop is supported by the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work, the Wellington Regional Strategy office, and the Wellington Regional Council.

Background

Wellington’s digital sector is a major success story of the past decade yet compared with tourism and film is one that typically flies below the public radar. Research with 50 leading Wellington digital companies provides insights into the strengths and challenges of this steadily growing industry.

ScheduleProgramme
4.00-4.10pm

Digital sector companies and Wellington’s economic development strategy

Fran Wilde, Greater Wellington Regional Council

4.10-4.30pm

What did our research tell us? Strengths and challenges in areas of recruiting, training and growth. Why is this sector so invisible in debates about Wellington’s economic directions?

Dr Richard Norman, Research Project Director, School of Management, Victoria University

4.30-4.50pm

Education & Industry perspectives

Stu Marshall, Head of School, Engineering & Computer Science, Victoria University
Peter Stevens, Chief Executive, GS1 New Zealand
Tyrone McAuley, Director, PikPok (formerly Sidhe Interactive)
Emily Loughnan, Director, Click Suite

4.50-5.30pm

Recruiting, training and retaining skilled staff at a time of skill shortages

Ruth McDavitt, CEO, Summer of Tech 
Craig Scott-Hill, HR Manager, Powershop
Sarah Meaney, Senior Learning & Development Advisor, Intergen
Lauren Fayen, In-House Recruitment Specialist, Intergen

5.30-6.00pm

What could make a difference to Wellington’s digital companies?

Andrew Smith, CEO, Touchtech
Alastair Turrell, Director, Datacom

6.00pm

Networking and refreshments

Memory, Archive and Social Justice Masterclass

Date: 16 September 2015

Time: 10.00 am

Venue: Railway Buidling, Level 5, RWW 501


The School of Information Management and Victoria Executive & Professional Development are delighted to have renowned international archivist Verne Harris in Wellington to present a day-long session on memory, archive and social justice.

Background

In this masterclass Verne Harris will explore the linkages – conceptual, ethical and practical – between memory, archive and social justice. His fundamental premise is that the work of the archive is justice. He will lead a discussion with participants around this premise, following five lines of enquiry – power, pasts, spectrality, ethics and praxis.

Who should attend: Students, academics and practitioners with an interest in archive, memory work, transitional justice, human rights, and/or deconstruction.

Bio

Currently Director of Research and Archive at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Verne Harris was Nelson Mandela’s archivist from 2004 to 2013.

He is an honorary research fellow with the University of Cape Town, has participated in a range of structures which transformed South Africa’s apartheid archival landscape, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Deputy Director of the National Archives of South Africa.

Widely published, he is probably best-known for leading the editorial team on the best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Cordoba in Argentina (2014), plus archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa, and both his novels were short-listed for South Africa’s M-Net Book Prize.

He has served on the Boards of Archival Science, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Institute, and the South African History Archive.

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.

DocumentFile TypeFile Size
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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