Business and government

Research at Victoria Business School focuses on contributing to more effective government policy and better business practice throughout New Zealand.

Our location in the central business district of the capital city provides research students with valuable connections to government and business.

Victoria Business School makes a significant contribution to knowledge through its research—particularly at the intersection of the public, private and community sectors. The research activities of our 200 academics and many postgraduate students help build capability and accountability, improve business performance and contribute to creating a better public sector and society.

Victoria University of Wellington is a great university for my research because of its close connection with public organisations, particularly the government departments situated in Wellington, and its strong academic expertise in human resources and public management.
Esme Franken, PhD candidate in Human Resources

Many of our staff are pre-eminent in their fields within New Zealand and have international reputations for the quality of their work.

Victoria Business School is among the 1% of business schools worldwide to hold the 'Triple Crown' of international accreditations—AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA—along with other accreditations from industry and professional bodies.

Research focus and strengths

Victoria Business School is made up of six schools each with their own disciplines and research focus areas:

  • Accounting and Commercial Law
  • Economics and Finance
  • Government
  • Information Management
  • Management
  • Marketing and International Business

Discover the research focus areas in each school.

Research degrees

Victoria Business School offers research degrees in more than 20 different subject areas. At the same time, the School encourages innovation by thinking beyond traditional subject boundaries. You can take an interdisciplinary approach to your research—combining ideas or methods from other subjects within the School or collaborating with another Victoria University of Wellington school in a different faculty.

Victoria Business School offers two research Master’s degrees and a PhD.

Victoria Business School research centres

Research students may have the opportunity to work with one of our three specialised research centres. The centres foster a vibrant environment by encouraging dialogue between business and government.

Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research

The Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research works collaboratively with industry professionals to enhance research in these fields.

Centre for Labour, Employment and Work

The Centre for Labour, Employment and Work has been a trusted information source for employment relations practitioners, unions, and policy makers since 1970.

Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) aims to lift environmental, social and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders, via good public policy.

The Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children

The Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children conducts research about families that informs evidence-based policy solutions.

Research focus areas in business and government

Discover some of the research interests of staff at Victoria Business School and find links to more information.