2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Kathryn Pavlovich
19th May 2015 6:00pm
Professor Kathryn Pavlovich, Waikato Management School
Professor Kathryn Pavlovich believes that businesses should be doing more than making a profit and will talk about transforming management at her upcoming inaugural professorial lecture. As a Professor of Strategic Management at Waikato Management School, Kathryn Pavlovich is an advocate for people and businesses working collaboratively to make a positive difference to society through leadership and management practices.
"I want my students to leave university as socially conscious graduates, guided by a purpose higher than just making money," she says.
At her lecture, Professor Pavlovich will talk about her research and give examples of profitable businesses that have made it their purpose to improve the lives of others.
She believes that to some extent most business have the capacity to enhance social wellbeing. She researches and teaches Noetic wisdom, which is about knowing and understanding self, about developing inner technologies that can transform, she says.
"Spirituality, reflection, mindfulness and conscious leadership - they particularly interest me. They may be soft skills, but they're much more difficult to learn than hard skills. Things like self-awareness, how you critically evaluate how you act; how you make more ethical, sustainable and transforming decisions."
Professor Pavlovich grew up around her family business – Pavlovich Coachlines – and her doctorate, completed many years ago now, studied the collaboration and co-operation of businesses centred around Waitomo Caves tourism.
Alongside her teaching and research, Professor Pavlovich is currently chair-elect of the Academy of Management, a US-based global network of management scholars. The Academy has about 20,000 members from 100 countries. The Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group has been one of the fastest growing in the Academy, she says.