Our business performance panel is a group of subject matter experts. They share their knowledge and research insights about specific business performance topics. The panel helps us shape tools, content and other resources for small business.
Small businesses in New Zealand are passionate about what they do, but are often pressed for time So working “on” the business instead of “in” the business often stays at the bottom of a long to-do list.
Business owners and operators tell us they would like to improve in their systems and processes to get better results, and to save time and money. But getting these up and running takes time they often can’t spare.
This lack of time to work “on” the business is one reason why New Zealand’s productivity is low as compared to other countries. Low productivity may prevent businesses from achieving their goals, whether they want happier staff, larger profits or a better work/life balance.
To help Kiwi businesses find practical ways to improve their performance, we’ve brought together a panel of experts from New Zealand and around the world. We’ve combined their insights with our own research with small businesses to produce our business performance section. The section focuses on management and leadership, strategic finance, operations strategy with self-assessments and step-by-step instructions to help businesses build happy, healthy and productive teams. More topics will be added in the future.
Anindya Sen is the subject matter expert for our section on strategic finance.
Prior to his academic work, Anindya lived and breathed finance in London as a quantitative strategist for the investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. He then lectured at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, one of India’s leading business schools, before moving to Dunedin.
Donna Purdue is making sure we understand the impact of business practices and productivity in New Zealand.
She started out as an economist at Ord Minnett Securities in Auckland. Since then, she has worked with the British High Commission, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Westpac, and as Chief Economist at Kiwibank. She joined MBIE from New Zealand Treasury in 2016.
Paul Conway is making sure we understand the problems surrounding productivity in New Zealand.
His team at the Commission focuses on what affects New Zealand’s productivity performance and the role of policy in improving it. He has previously worked as an economist for the OECD, the World Bank, Westpac and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Phil is the subject matter expert for our upcoming section on Directors and Governance.
He has been actively investing since 1998 and personally invested in all the Movac funds and led investment into over 20 companies. Outside of Movac, Phil remains an active angel investor and maintains a personal angel investment portfolio. He is a strong advocate for the development of the entrepreneurial and early stage investment eco-system in New Zealand and is the past Chair of the Angel Association of New Zealand; a founding investor in the Lightning Lab technology accelerator; and a founding investor in the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco.
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Victor is the subject matter expert for our upcoming section on Business Strategy.
In 2016-2017, Victor was White House Council of Economic Advisers Senior Economist for Competition and Technology Policy. Prior to academia, Victor was a Technical Specialist at Google, where he obtained patents for innovations in areas from fighting fraud to music classification.
Julia Richardson is the subject matter expert for our management and leadership section.
Her expertise centres on maximising employee performance and well-being, and the changing nature of employment relationships and work outcomes. She has worked in a number of countries in the corporate and public sector, including Canada, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
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Pranab Majumder is the subject matter expert for our operations strategy section. Before moving into academia, he worked in logistics and information technology for a multinational firm in India.
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Dan Hellyer is the subject matter expert for tax and accounting section. He oversees Deloitte’s Queenstown office, working with a variety of businesses and organisations.
Dan and his team at Deloitte focus on enabling business owners to get more real time information about their businesses through the use of technology and cloud accounting services. Dan has lectured in accounting for the MBA program at the University of Otago and delivered courses in Executive Education.
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These researchers are part of the business programme. The research teams provide consultancy and expert advice to solve specific business problems.
Recent research from MBIE and Xero had highlighted the significance of ageing business ownership and need for effective succession planning in New Zealand.
In 2019, a team of six students worked on the topic of business succession planning and identified key insights to understand the behavioural barriers in industries affected the most by ageing ownerships. We intend to follow up their report by doing additional research with experts involved in the Succession Planning section.
In 2018 two teams – comprised of eleven students – travelled to New Zealand to study two topics: micro business access to finance, and how governments around the world can better collaborate to support small business management capability.