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Last updated on Wednesday 07 March 2018
MPOWER is running its fourth researcher support awards this year.
The Awards aim to help support relevant, innovative and impactful research on 'people and work' topics by Massey's post-graduates and emerging academics.
The judging panel will consist of senior MPOWER academic researchers and a representative from one of MPOWER's sponsors. The winners will formally receive their Awards at the 2017 SA Partners 'Continuous Improvement' Conference on 30 August at Massey's Albany campus.
The overall award winner will receive an award certificate, $600, a bouquet and card. Highly-commended winners receive an award certificate, gift card and card.
Overall award winners have included:
Further information about the awards, including eligibility criteria, can be found here: 2018 MPOWER research support awards.docx (338 KB) The award application form can be downloaded from here: 2018 MPOWER funding award application form.docx (233 KB)
This major, Marsden fund-support project spans three years, starting 1 March 2018. It considers the Living Wage in NZ with regard to an array of stakeholders, utilising surveys, cases and interview inquiry and 'town hall' type meetings. The research team members are: Profs Stu Carr, Darrin Hodgetts, Jane Parker, Jim Arrowsmith and Jarrod Haar, Dr Siautu Alefaio-Tugia and Amanda Young-Hauser.
The Institute of Management NZ has commissioned MPOWER researchers to undertake a literature review and pilot study which will inform the updating of the MCI 2013 survey. Researchers involved are: Prof. Jane Parker, and Drs Fatima Junaid and Nazim Taskin.
This MPOWER-Critical Management Studies SIG study is part-funded by the School of Management. It examines the roles and impacts of HR and line managers via an online survey. The research team comprises Dr Damian Ruth, Prof. Jane Parker and Jane Halteh.
Profs Jane Parker and Jim Arrowsmith ran a training course on policy analysis for PIFS policy analysts and other staff in Suva, Fiji. As well as powerpoint and interactive sessions, they provided a comprehensive resource book for use in and outside the course.
MPOWER, in collaboration with Convergence Partners (executive recruiters): survey of women's careers and aspirations. For summary findings and recommendations: Women's Careers and Aspirations Survey - summary of findings and recommendations - June 2017.pdf (1,112 KB)
This MPOWER project involves survey, case and interview research in four sectors (health, retail, manufacturing and not-for-profit) in NZ to explore how both productivity and employee engagement can be enhanced by better people-management practices. The research team for this study is: Profs Jim Arrowsmith and Jane Parker, and Drs Nazim Taskin, Shane Scahill and Fatima Junaid.
MPOWER researchers collaborated with the Institute of Management New Zealand (IMNZ) and the Knowledge Exchange Hub at Massey on a nation-wide study of executive education (EE). A national survey was launched in early 2017, focusing on: the scale of EE in NZ; characteristics of executives and others using EE training providers; the kinds of subjects on which firms are keen for their executives to receive training; and key training delivery modes. Survey results were recently disseminated and summary of headline findings can be found here: IMNZ_2017_Executive_Education_Survey_Headline Findings.pdf (1,428 KB)
MPOWER researchers worked with TWG on the design and roll out of a survey of TWG staff, gathering info. about perceptions on career paths, opportunities and challenges. Following a pilot among senior management at TWG in July 2016, the survey was issued to all TWG staff and closed off in early August. A draft report was prepared and some survey respondents then opted to take part in follow-up survey and focus group interviews in October. The initial report was extended to include the results from this latter activity.
A cross-College and -campus and multi-disciplinary team of MPOWER researchers undertook a University-funded study of the Living Wage (LW) in New Zealand. The project team was led by Prof. Jane Parker (School of Management, Albany) and Prof. Stuart Carr (School of Psychology, Albany), and also comprised Prof. Jim Arrowsmith (School of Management, Albany), Dr Christian Yao (Victoria University of Wellington) and Prof. Jarrod Haar (AUT University). The MPOWER team produced a series of journal articles and papers from this project, as well as presented survey and case study findings to the HR Institute of New Zealand's HR Executive Forum, Diversity Works (formerly the EEO Trust) and at the Living Wage Movement of Aotearoa New Zealand AGM. Project findings have also been presented at the British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference in the UK, the Labour, Employment and Work (LEW) Conference in Wellington and the Australia and NZ Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference.
Professors Jim Arrowsmith and Jane Parker were funded by the ILO to undertake a situational analysis to inform the development of a new National Employment Policy in Nauru. The study involved desk research and in-depth interviews in Nauru with key representatives from Ministries, line government, and other agencies. A report was presented in Nauru by Prof. Arrowsmith in September 2015. This project is the latest in a series of ILO policy-oriented studies that have translated into journal articles, published reports, collaboration among Massey researchers, and teaching materials for HR and employment relations classes at Massey and the University of the South Pacific.
The LEW Best Paper Award, sponsored by MPOWER and the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work (CLEW) at Victoria University of Wellington, is LEW's way of identifying and honouring the best research submitted to the 2016 Conference. For more information. MPOWER is pleased to be involved in offering the award at the 2018 conference (details to follow).
The recipient of the LEW Best Paper Award in 2016 was Charlotte Chambers (Research Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists) for her paper, Burnout in NZ senior medical workforce: stories from the clinical frontline. The paper's abstract is as follows:
Burnout is a well-recognized concern for the medical profession, with consequences for the delivery and quality of patient care, rates of staff turnover and practitioners’ job satisfaction. This presentation reports on a study, conducted in November 2015, on the self-reported prevalence of burnout among senior doctors and dentists working at New Zealand’s 20 District Health Boards (DHBs). The focus of this presentation will be on how respondents attributed their feelings of burnout and described their experiences of working in New Zealand’s public health system. These stories will be explored alongside statistical information reporting burnout scores and associations between burnout and hours of work, self-rated health status, medical specialty and demographic factors.