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Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa

Doctor of Philosophy


Waikato Management School is the business school of choice, respected nationally and internationally for our influential practice, relevant research, quality teaching and commitment to excellence.

At the heart of our business is transformation – our purpose is to transform minds, careers and organisations. Our international connections mean our teaching and research is always at the cutting-edge of best business practice and our engagement with our commercial and professional stakeholders means our students are learning practical knowledge and skills.

Our students go on to become leaders in the public and private sectors, graduating with essential business skills and knowledge. They have the ability to think critically and carefully and to act responsibly and ethically.

Triple Crown Accreditation

Waikato Management School is a member of an elite group of business schools that have earned “Triple Crown” status – an international acknowledgement of excellence in business education. We’re accredited by AACSB (The United States based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) – the world’s longest established assessor of business education, EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (The Association of MBAs). Only one percent of the world’s business schools have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies.

What Sets Us Apart?

Ground-Breaking Research and Relevant Teaching

Waikato Management School has a strong track record of generating world-leading research.

We have an outstanding faculty: our staff are distinguished scholars, teachers and highly sought-after business consultants. They all have a wealth of knowledge and experience, which they’re passionate about bringing into the classroom, and they make learning relevant, exciting and based on real life.

Leadership in Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Management

We recognise that long-term business success depends not just on profit, but on responsiveness to resource, social and environmental issues.

Sustainable business is about participating in a global economy while preserving the environment, cultural values and community identities where we work. Waikato Management School is committed to sustainability and our teaching embraces it; exposing students to leading-edge education, research and business practice.

In fact we’re the only business school in New Zealand to have sustainability integral to our purpose. Alongside our international accreditations the School is also a strategic partner of the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and is the only business school in New Zealand to be a signatory to Principles in Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Close Corporate Connections

Waikato Management School works closely with some of New Zealand’s most influential companies and organisations – including Fonterra, Carter Holt Harvey, Gen-I, WEL Energy, and AgResearch.

Our teaching staff confer with major companies and sit alongside senior executives on advisory boards and government taskforces. These close connections ensure the most relevant and practical business knowledge is brought into the classroom through case competitions, off-campus business projects and internships.

Our Graduates Build Amazing Careers

Waikato Management School is committed to ensuring all students receive a research-led, practice-relevant education. The skills and curiosity of our students are developed through an education philosophy that promotes independent thinking and collaborative work. Because our faculty are active researchers, students are exposed to fresh ideas, emerging theory and real-world, real-time business cases.

At Waikato Management School, students encounter real-life business challenges first-hand. This practical work is underpinned by a strong theoretical base and practical business skills that ensure our students are equipped to enter the job market as soon as they graduate.

International Reputation & Connectivity

We play a significant role on the international scene through world-leading research, and strong links to multinational companies and major universities. Our faculty members come from the best universities in the world and are our biggest asset. They bring with them rich experience gained through international research and consulting connections to provide education that equips students for the global business environment.

Our student body is truly multi-national; international students come from many countries to study with us and make up a significant proportion of our student body. The friendships and networks our students make stand them in good stead throughout their business careers, wherever in the world they are.

Supportive Learning Environment and Student Experience

Waikato Management School strives to offer an outstanding experience to all students. They are supported by an extensive range of services aimed to ensure their learning and social experience at Waikato is enjoyable and successful. The School is well resourced, modern, with high quality computing facilities and a number of support and cultural services to guide students through their university journey.

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