In the end of August 2014, more than 40 people including academics, activists, practitioners and students came together at Massey University Palmerston North campus in order to discuss the current situation of social movements in Aotearoa New Zealand from various perspectives. It was organised by Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar and funded by Massey University Research Fund (MURF) and Te Kāhui Kahurangi/The School of Management. There were 2 keynote speeches and 22 presentations for two days. The first day began with a welcome speech by Jason Mika and Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar in order to explain the motivation behind this workshop and gathering. Following lunch, first keynote Campbell Jones invited academics to get dirty in the challenging path of...Read more

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Call for Papers Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change in New Zealand Two day workshop August 28-29 (Palmerston North) Massey University, School of Management Keynote Speakers Prof. Shiv Ganesh (Massey University) – Activism and...Read more


Last week MPOWER (a research group in Massey University’s School of Management) organised a very pleasant forum on the topic ‘Strategic Employment Relationships’. From the call it was declared that two CEOs, two Human Resources / Employment...Read more


There is a great deal of hand wringing, mudslinging and general finger pointing as a result of the Reserve bank announcement of Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) regulations.  The regulations in essence limit the amount of low deposit loans a bank may make...Read more

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What would it be like to have a million students in the same classroom? This is a ridiculous question, of course. But, two years ago, what if the question had been “what would it be like to have 100,000 students in the same classroom?”...Read more

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New Zealand’s dairy giant, Fonterra, was in the news for the wrong reasons again recently regarding the withdrawal of a contaminated dairy product. When the New Zealand Government pressed for more information, Fonterra was slow to respond with...Read more

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It isn’t often an academic like me gets a “scoop”, the chance to say “you heard it here first”. In this case, my close monitoring of the MOOC world has uncovered several threads that when woven together suggest a...Read more


The on-going disputes surrounding the Christchurch City council raise a number of issues in regards to the limits, duties and care of local government and by inference local government management.  Take the latest debacle to hit the council.  The...Read more

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A MOOC Experience

May 9, 2013

Last weekend I was a student again. For the first time in 27 years I was in a course as a student with an assignment due by 4.00pm on Sunday. Here I record a few thoughts about my first MOOC experience. A MOOC is a massive open online course. The...Read more


By Craig Prichard email:   I spent last  weekend at the ‘Creativity Challenge’, a two day conference  on things  artistic,  self-helpful and activistic held  in the always awesome, Taranaki.  ...Read more

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The Other Side of Business

Welcome to The Other Side of Business. This is a blog that collects and distributes the opinion and analysis of staff and students from the School of Management, College of Business, Massey University. The aim is to post once or twice a month on current issues in business... Read more