Emeritus Professor Lawrie Corbett


MBA - Cranfield

BE (Chemical and Materials) - Auckland

Research interests

  • Quality management

  • Operations strategy


Operations Management Society

Decision Sciences Institute

Academy of Management

Inaugural presentation

Manufacturing in New Zealand: from second division to the premier league?

Publications and presentations


Corbett, L.M. 'Manufacturing strategy, the business environment and operations performance in small, low-tech firms', (forthcoming) International Journal of Production Research, (2007).

Cavana, R.Y., Corbett, L.M. and Lo, G. 'Extending the SERVQUAL model to  link service quality and customer satisfaction in passenger rail services', International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Vol. 24, 1 (2007), pp. 7-31.

Corbett, L.M. 'Coping with turbulence: New Zealand manufacturers, internationalization and managing change', International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Vol. 5, 8 (2005), pp. 155-166.

Corbett, L.M. and Campbell-Hunt, C. 'Grappling with a gusher! Manufacturing's response to business success in small and medium enterprises', Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 20, 5 (2002), pp. 495-518.

Corbett, L. M. and Claridge, G.S. 'Key Manufacturing Capability Elements and Business Performance', International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 40, 1 (2002), pp. 109-131.

Corbett, L.M. and Whybark, D.C. 'Searching for the sandcone in the GMRG data', International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 21, 7 (2001), pp. 965-980.

Books/scholarly editions

Campbell-Hunt, C. Brocklesby, J. Chetty, S. Corbett, L. Davenport, S. Jones, D. and Walsh, P. World Famous in New Zealand: How New Zealand's Leading Firms became World-class Competitors , (Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2001). 


Corbett, L. Brocklesby, J. and Campbell-Hunt, C. 'Thinking and Acting: Complexity Management for Sustainable Business', in G. Friozelle and H. Richards (eds), Tackling Industrial Complexity, (Cambridge: Institute for Manufacturing, 2002), pp. 83-96, Professor John Brocklesby (Author).

Corbett, L. 'Growing World-Class Capability in New Zealand Firms: Symposium', ANZAM Conference 2001, (Auckland, 4-6 December.) Authors Prof Brocklesby, J. Prof Davenport, S. Prof Jones, D.

Corbett, L. 'Quality Management and Business Performance: Evidence and Implications for the Theory of the Islamic Firm' in Expert Consultation: A Quality Standard Based on the Islamic Perspective, (Kuala Lumpur, Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia, 2000), pp. 12-20.

Conference presentations

Angell, Linda and Corbett, L. 'Factors Influencing Continuous Improvement Toward Business Excellence in New Zealand: A Quality Tools Approach', Western Decision Sciences Annual Meeting, (Kauai, April 2003). Dr Linda Angell (Author).

Corbett, L., 'Developing Global Operations from a Small, Isolated Country', Proceedings of 12th Annual Conference of Production Operations Management Society, (Orlando, March 2001).

Brocklesby, J, Campbell-Hunt, C., and Corbett, L., 'Evolving Order: Organisations as Cognitive Systems', European Group for Organisational Studies, (Lyon, July 2001). Professor John Brocklesby (Author), Dr Colin Campbell-Hunt (Author)

Corbett, L. 'The Development of Operations Management Capability in Response to Disturbances to Balance and Coherence', Symposium: The Evolution of Competitive Capability, Australia New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, (Sydney, December 2000).

Major reports

Campbell-Hunt, C. Brocklesby, J. Chetty, S. Corbett, L. Davenport, S. Gawth, A. and Mattear, S. Collaboration and Linkages between SMEs in New Zealand; a report for Ministry of Economic Development, 118pp. Professor John Brocklesby, (Course Coordinator), Professor Sally Davenport, (Author).

Published conference papers

Corbett, L.M. 'Business Excellence Programs and Award Scores: Effort and reward', Proceedings of 3rd ANZAM Operations Management Symposium, (Yeppoon, 2005).

Corbett, L.M. 'Manufacturing strategy, the business environment, and operations performance in small low tech firms', Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, (San Francisco, 2005).

Corbett, L.M. and Angell, L.C., 'Business Excellence Programs and Award Scores: effort and reward some preliminary propositions', in Damien O'Connor (ed), Proceedings of the ANZAM Operational Management Symposium (Melbourne, ANZAM, 2004), CD-ROM, 23pp. Dr Linda Angell (Author).

Corbett, L. and Angell, L. 'The 'Barbed Wire Barrier' in Business Excellence in New Zealand', in Graham Elkin (ed), Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (Dunedin, ANZAM, 2004), CD-ROM, 15pp. Dr Linda Angell (Author).

Corbett, L.M. 'A comparison of Operations Strategies of Older and Newer Manufacturers in New Zealand', Proceedings of the 4th Annual Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute (Washington DC, Decision Science Institute, 2003), p. 26.

Corbett, L.M. 'Capability Development and Its Impact on Operations Strategy', Proceedings of the 17th ANZAM Conference (Freemantle, ANZAM, 2003), CD-ROM.

Corbett, L.M. 'Manufacturing Strategy and Performance in Low Tech Firms: A Longitudinal Study', Proceedings of Decision Sciences in (Washington DC, Decision Science Institute, 2003), 91pp.

Cavana, R. and Corbett, L. (with Glenda Lo), 'Quality and Customer Satisfaction in Passenger Rail Services: Developing Zones of Tolerance of Managing Quality', D. Lamond (ed), Proceedings of the ANZAM/IFSAM 6th World Congress, (Gold Coast, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management/International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, 2002) 10pp. (CD Rom) Dr Rob Cavana (Author).

Campbell-Hunt, C. Chetty, S. and Corbett, L. 'Building Competitive Capability the New Zealand Way', in P.J. Mellalieu (ed). Proceedings of the 8th Annual Educators' Conference, New Zealand Strategic Management Society, (Christchurch, Canterbury University, February 2000). Dr Colin Campbell-Hunt (Author).

Campbell-Hunt, Colin, and Corbett, L. 'Grappling with a Gusher: Configurations of Operations-Environment Fit', Proceedings of Production and Operations Management Society Annual Conference, (San Antonio, April 2000), pp. 125. Dr Colin Campbell-Hunt (Author).

Corbett, L. 'The Arrow of Time: An Operations Management Perspective', Academy of Management Annual Conference, 2000 Symposium: Competing on the Arrow of Time, (Toronto, Canada, August 2000), pp. 420.

Corbett, L. and Rastrick, K. '1998 Quality Performance and Organisational Culture: A New Zealand Study', Proceedings of Second International Research Conference on Quality Management (Melbourne, February 1998) pp. 174-180.

Corbett, L. and Wybark, D.C., 'Firth Industries Ltd, Wellington Division', Proceedings of 29th Annual Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute, (Las Vegas, November 1998) pp. 1658-1661.

Corbett, L. 'Benchmarking Manufacturing Performance in Australia and New Zealand', S. Hurley and A. Sohal(eds), Proceedings of "Technology for Manufacturing" Conference (Massey University, February 1997), pp104-113.

Corbett, L. and Stewart, D.M., 'Implications of Time-Based Competition on the Service Bundle: Examples from the Sports "Industry"', in J. Ribera, and J. Prats(eds), European Operations Management Association Conference (Barcelona, June 1997), pp461-467.

Corbett, L. 'Manufacturing Action Plans, Business Opinion, and Economic Forecasts: New Zealand 1990-1996', N.J.Harrison (ed), International Decision Sciences Institute Conference (Sydney, July 1997), pp564-566.

Campbell-Hunt, C. and Corbett, L. 'Development of Competitiveness in New Zealand Manufacturing Firms', in C.A. Voss(ed), Proceedings of 3rd International Conference of the European Operations Management Association (London, London Business School, June 1996), pp.115-120.

Dr Colin Campbell-Hunt (Author).

Campbell-Hunt, C. and Corbett, L. 'Evolving Competitive Strategies in New Zealand Organisations', S.M. Lee(ed), Proceedings of Pan Pacific Business Conference XIII (Chiba, Japan, PPBA, May 1996), Dr Colin Campbell-Hunt (Author).

Corbett, L. and Whybark, D.C. 'National Differences in Quality Programs', K.Y. Lee (ed), Proceedings of Asia-Pacific Decision Sciences Institute Conference (Hong Kong, June 1996).

Working and occasional papers

Campbell-Hunt, Colin and Corbett, L. 'The Path to Competitive Advantage: Strategic Development in New Zealand Firms During the 1990s', in John Yeabsley (ed), Global Player? Benchmarking New Zealand's Competitive Upgrade, Research Monograph 67, (Wellington, NZ Institute of Economic Research, 2001), pp. 25-40, Dr Colin Campbell-Hunt (Author).