Victoria Business School

About our Research Capabilities

Victoria Business School has over 200 academics carrying out research on a range of subjects, which is published in some of the world’s best academic journals and books and feeds into the teaching of the six Schools in our Faculty at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; see below for what is happening in our individual schools.

Victoria is ranked first among New Zealand universities based on the research performance of its academic staff, and research conducted by our staff contributes to more effective government policy and better business practice throughout New Zealand.

Student theses are also a major component of the Faculty's research activity, with over 100 PhD students and many more Master's students at any one time working on a wide variety of topics.


Research Expertise in VBS Schools

Our Faculty comprises six Schools, each with their own areas of research expertise.

Research in the School of Accounting and Commercial Law (SACL) is organised around research interest groups in the following areas: accounting history, auditing, governance and regulation, civil/commercial law, education, financial reporting, philosophy, ethics and social theory, public sector/not for profit, social and environmental accounting, strategic management accounting and control and taxation.

The School of Economics and Finance (SEF) has strong research links with business, government and financial institutions in Wellington and New Zealand. SEF academics undertake research in micro and macro economics, covering the areas of behavioural economics, economic history, labour economics, monetary theory and monetary policy, economic modelling and econometrics.

Within the School of Information Management (SIM) research focuses on the areas of electronic commerce, information systems, library and information management, and records management. Topics include strategic use of information systems, service quality, mobile technologies, data modelling and data mining, knowledge management, information policy, e-health, e-government and e-learning.

The School of Management (SoM) staff are currently focusing on four main research areas; Building Our Productivity, Competitive Advantage New Zealand, Developing Human Capability, and Innovation in NZ Tourism Through Improved Distribution Channels.

Research activity in the School of Marketing and International Business (SMIB) falls into two clusters: International Business (including global strategy, internationalisation, FDI), and International Management and Marketing (including services marketing, retailing in the domestic/international environment and understanding relationships with marketing stakeholders).

The School of Government (SoG) has significant collaborations within the University, including law, political science and international relations, social policy, economics and environmental studies. Its research programmes contribute to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the broad fields of governance, public policy and public management.