SDG #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Generous sick, annual and maternity leave and flexible working provisions for staff

Internships a vital component of undergraduate study so students are work-ready when they graduate

Home of world-leading economists and other business experts within the Waikato Management School

A few things we are especially proud of

Our commitment to tackling institutionalised racism in our workplace.

Our smooth and swift transition to online working, teaching and learning when lockdown hit.

Our MBA programme centered around frameworks, leadership and value creation.

Our world-leading business experts in areas like economics and supply chain management, helping provide a roadmap for economic recovery in NZ.

Our Work Integrated Learning programme which provides wrap-around support to see placements succeed in these unpredictable times.

Our strong connections with industry and the business community.

Amanda Williamson

Looking after business owners in a pandemic

During 2021, Dr Amanda Williamson from the Waikato Management School turned her focus to the impacts of Covid-19 on entrepreneurial wellbeing, providing timely insights to support the business community. It is widely known that running a business can have a significant impact on the body's inflammatory, metabolic and cardiovascular systems as a result of long hours, uncertainty, resource constraints and being “always on”. The pandemic has made it even more challenging for the entrepreneur, with remote working leading to even longer working hours and more stress than ever before. Through her research, Dr Williamson has shown that respite, reappraisal and regimen (the three Rs) are helping business owners to recharge from work, and boost their productivity and wellbeing..


Nurturing socially responsible leaders for a stronger Waikato 

We are proud to be the delivery partner of the Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation, CELF, a trust that delivers leadership development programmes aimed at building a stronger Waikato by nurturing socially responsible leaders through sponsored placements.

Matt Bolger

Waikato Management School ranked #1 in NZ

In results released in October 2022, the University of Waikato was ranked in the top 126-150 universities in the world in the subject category of Business and Economics, one of three universities in New Zealand to reach this ranking. The Waikato Management School also has Triple Crown accreditation, placing it firmly in the top one percent of business schools in the world. Waikato Management School (WMS) Pro Vice-Chancellor, Matt Bolger, says the news is indicative of the excellence of the team at WMS, and in particular the exceptional quality of research being produced. WMS has the highest ratio of PhD graduates to academic staff in New Zealand, and its researchers publish more research than almost any other university in the country (second to the University of Otago).

“Our academics are not only great teachers, but experts and thought-leaders in their fields, and their research is highly cited by other researchers, which contributes to the high ranking,” says Mr Bolger.

New Zealand Economics Forum

Top economists gather at Hamilton Campus

The University brought together a high-profile lineup of New Zealand’s top economists, policymakers and industry leaders for a two-day event held both online and in-person at the Hamilton campus in March 2021. The event focused on the long-term economics effects of New Zealand’s Covid-19 response, debating the pathways and priorities for the decade, in addition to other challenges such as climate change and affordable housing. The keynote speakers included Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, Governor of the Reserve Bank Adrian Orr, and CEO of ASB Bank, Vittoria Shortt. The forum garnered significant media attention prompting important conversation around economic policy in New Zealand at a critical time.

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