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Our business is adding value to your business. At the New Zealand Institute for Business Research, our people have a wealth of expertise in areas ranging from innovation to economic impact analysis. We work with industry, government agencies and other organisations to enhance productivity and contribute to sustainable business.

History and background

The New Zealand Institute for Business Research draws on the research excellence of New Zealand’s top research business school and nearly three decades of leading-edge business consultancy.

Business relevance

The Institute is home to the Management Research Centre, Waikato Management School’s commercial consultancy arm.

For nearly 30 years in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), the Centre has compiled the annual New Zealand Business Benchmarking Survey which today covers more than 5,000 small businesses.

In addition, the Centre produces business performance comparison surveys for industry sectors, economic impact reports, expert witness statements, and biannual practice comparisons for accounting and law firms.

Quality research from a world-class business school

Waikato Management School is one of a very small group of elite business schools across the world to have achieved triple-crown accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS). It is ranked the number one business school in the country for research quality.

This academic rigour underpins all the research undertaken by the Institute.

Sustainability lies at the heart of the School’s research and teaching, and the Institute has a unique focus on how sustainability strategy and practices can contribute to enhanced profit, productivity and performance.

Our expertise

The Institute’s current strengths relate to agribusiness and particularly supply chains, financial analysis and business performance, business impact analysis, innovation and the business of health.

Current key themes of the NZIBR activity are:

1. Business performance and leadership.

2. Innovation and agribusiness.

3. Business in the service sector.

4. Business in society.

NZIBR Executive Director

Associate Professor Eva CollinsAssociate Professor Eva Collins

NZIBR Research Support Officer

Vijay KumarVijay Kumar