Our new business performance section is packed with expert guidance and practical tips for small businesses. These are the people sharing their knowledge and insights to help shape our tools and content.
It’s common for small businesses in New Zealand to be passionate about what they do, but 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 love to improve their systems and processes to get better results, and to save time and money. But getting these up and running takes time they just can’t spare.
This lack of time to work “on” the business is one reason why New Zealand’s productivity is comparatively poor. This poor productivity is a problem, whether you want happier workers, bigger profits or a better work/life balance — or a combination of these goals.
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, and combined their insights with our own research with small businesses. The result is our new business performance section. It currently focuses on management and leadership, with self-assessments and step-by-step instructions to help you build happy, healthy and productive teams. More topics will be added.
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.
Anindya Sen is the subject matter expert for our upcoming 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 that country’s leading business schools, before moving to Dunedin.
Pranab Majumder is the subject matter expert for our upcoming section on operations strategy. Before moving into academia, he worked in logistics and information technology for a multinational firm in India.
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 came to MBIE from the New Zealand Treasury.
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.
Dan Hellyer 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.