Dr Lisa Jane Callagher

PhD in Management, Cert. in University Teaching and Learning, MCom in Management and Employment Relations and BA in Employment Relations and Anthropology.


Lisa is a Senior Lecturer in the Management and International Business Department contributing to the design and delivery of innovation and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Lisa teaches and supervises research about the organization and management of innovation. She is particularly interested in the role of learning and knowledge processes for innovation in cooperative and collaborative business models and ownership structures. Her research draws on a range of theoretical perspectives that explain how practices are constituted (and reconstituted) across varying geographical and epistemic locations for innovation purposes and the implications of this for organising.

Research | Current

  • Co-operative organizational forms and the role of innovation and change
  • Organising early-stage science commercialization
  • Management education

I am interested to supervise post-graduate and doctoral projects in these areas.

Teaching | Current

Semester 2, 2022 Research Commercialisation (SCIENT705)

Quarter 3, 2022 Innovation in Practice (BUSMAN708); Engaging Innovation Ecoystens (BUSMBA707)

Semester 1, 2022 Ecosystems for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INNOVENT307)


I have taught since 2002 so email me if you want to know about my other teaching talents.

Postgraduate supervision

Jessica Crewe-Brown (current, full-time) PhD What Happens Behind Closed Doors: Strategy Implementation and Execution Practices on the Front Line (jointly supervised with Dr. Peter Smith)

Minas Liarokapis (current, part-time) PhD Commercialization of Robotics Research: Turning Failures into Success (jointly supervised with Professor Kenneth Husted)

Danielle Taylor (current, full-time) Master of Commerce Unpacking the social fabric in entrepreneurial ecosystem transformation (jointly supervised with Frank Siedlok)

Aakanksha Deshwal (current, full-time) Master of Bioscience Small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) engagement with regulatory affairs during commercialisation of health-tech products

Sarah Huynh (current, full-time) Master of Bioscience Exploring how technology start-ups recognise potentially disruptive opportunities

Dana Cumin (2021) PhD How to manage dual allegiance for innovation (jointly supervised with Professor Kenneth Husted and Professor Gordon Huang)

Fasiha Subhan (2020) PhD Capabilities for Frugal Innovation in Developed Market Firms (jointly supervised with Professor Kenneth Husted)

Cameron Quilter (2019) Master of Bioscience Functions and Capabilities for Accelerating Healthcare Redesign

Sandanee Samarakoon (2018) Master of Bioscience Cross-disciplinary research and university commercialization orientation (co-supervised with Dr. Frank Siedlok)

Chao (Robert) Luo (2015) Master of Commerce Ownership structure and innovation: How do the ownership advantages of family owned firms and patron-owned cooperatives work together?

Ameya Kulkarni (2015) Master of Bioscience Business Model Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Nitish Anand (2014) Master of Bioscience Commercialisation strategies in the digital healthcare industry

Shannon Fraser (2014) Master of Bioscience A Cross-Country Comparison of Government Initiatives supporting Technology Transfer

Tennille Stone (2014) Master of Bioscience Reducing uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in concept selection during the Front End of the Innovation Process in forensics technology

Shelley Yang (2014) Master of Bioscience Commercialising polyphenol rich extracts from fruit and vegetable by-product streams

Shanshan (Summer) Wu (2013) Master Of Commerce Innovation types and firm performance: A meta-analysis

Jatin Patel (2013) Master Of Bioscience Thesis Exploring the technology out-licensing options for New Zealand start-ups: A case study of Footfalls and Heartbeats

Akansha Singh (2012) Master Of Bioscience Thesis Natural Health Products Bill: A Qualitative Study of Industry Perceptions and Implications

Saskia Ruscoe (2012) Bachelor Of Commerce Honours Dissertation The Role of Governments in Developing Venture Capital Markets (co-supervised with Dr. Peter Smith)

Danica D'costa (2011) Master Of Bioscience Preliminary Assessment of a New Medical Device Idea: A case study evaluation of the IP and Reimbursement options for the Intra-Cranial Pressure (ICP) device concept

Dil Singh (2011) Master Of Bioscience Commercialisation Outcomes of Government Pre Seed Funded Life Science Technology in New Zealand

Sangeetha Peryisama (2011) Master of International Business Project The small investor’s perspectives about online investing through crowd funding

Xinlei Huang (2010) Master Of Commerce Alliance Types and performance of the Biotech Industry – A meta-analysis (co-supervised with Dr. Peter Smith)

Jonathon Lazarus (2010) Bachelor Of Commerce Honours Dissertation Transdisciplinarity of Rural Primary Healthcare Delivery (co-supervised with Professor Kenneth Husted)

Emma Gordon (2010) Bachelor Of Commerce Honours Dissertation Remuneration practices for open innovation

Thereza Esera (2010) Bachelor Of Commerce Honours Dissertation HRM practices and individual knowledge hoarding


  • 2015 IceHouse/University of Auckland Research Grant: Producer Cooperatives and NZ's Economic Growth
  • 2014 University of Auckland Business School Teaching Excellence Award - Collaboration in Teaching
  • 2007 Centre for Academic Development E-Learning Project
  • 2007 University of Auckland Teaching Improvement Grant
  • 2005 University of Auckland Excellence in Teaching Innovation
  • 2003 University of Auckland Teaching Improvement Grant


Innovation, Commercialisation, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Subject Leader 2021 -

Chairperson, Faculty Staffing Early Career Research Committee 2019 - June 2020

Member of Faculty Staffing Early Career Research Committee 2018-June 2020

Master of Bioscience Business School Coordinator 2017-2020

Management and International Business Department Research Seminar Coordinator 2012-2015

Management and International Business Department Research Research Committee Member 2015-2015




Areas of expertise

Organisation and Management of Innovation

Knowledge-based and practice and processual theories of innovation

Innovation and cooperative business models

Undergraduate Curriculum design and delivery, particularly in the subjects of innovation, entrepreneurship, research commercialisation, and introductory business and management.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Secretary Management Education and Development Division, Academy of Management August 2020 - 2022

  • Executive member (Education) Society for Bioentrepreneurship Education and Research 2018 - 2021

  • ChairpersonFaculty Staffing Early Career Research Committee 2019 - June 2020

  • Member of Faculty Staffing Early Career Research Committee 2018-June 2020 

  • Master of Bioscience Business School Coordinator 2017-2020

  • 2012 Co-convenor of the Theories of Practice in Commerce stream, EURAM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2012 Department Research Committee member
  • 2011 Co-convenor of the Theories of Practice in Commerce (ToPiC) Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2011 Department seminar Co-ordinator
  • 2011 Department Research Committee member

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Hibbert, P., Callagher, L. J., Beech, N., & Siedlok, F. (2020). Reflexive learning from emotionally challenging organizational experiences. Paper presented at 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management: 20/20 Broadening our Sight, Virtual conference (Vancouver, BC, Canada). 7 August - 11 August 2020. AOM Annual Meeting Proceedings. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/52774
  • Krull, E., Smith, P., & Callagher, L. (2020). Innovation strategy workshops as platforms to elicit paradoxes. Paper presented at Strategy as Practice Review Group (SAP-R) Workshop, Ashton Business School, United Kingdom. 28 April - 28 April 2020.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/52717
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Smith
  • Elsahn, Z., Callagher, L., Husted, K., Korber, S., & Siedlok, F. (2020). Are rigor and transparency enough? Review and future directions for case studies in technology and innovation Management. R & D MANAGEMENT, 50 (3), 309-328. 10.1111/radm.12412
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kenneth Husted, Stefan Korber
  • Callagher, L. J. (2019). Disruptive technologies and innovation in tertiary education: A broken promise or a wrong promise?. Paper presented at New Zealand Conference of Business & Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. 6 November - 7 November 2019. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/52645
  • Hibbert, P., Callagher, L., Siedlok, F., Korber, S., & Elshan, Z. (2019). What boat did you get off? Facing discrimination in field research. Paper presented at 35th EGOS Colloquim, Edinburgh, United Kingdon. 4 July - 6 July 2019. (pp. 13). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46688
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stefan Korber
  • Hibbert, P., Callagher, L. J., Siedlok, F., Korber, S., & Elsahn, Z. (2019). In the shelter of each other: coping with discrimination in field research. Paper presented at EURAM 2019 Exploring the Future of Management, Lisbon, Portugal. 26 June - 28 June 2019. (pp. 34). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46657
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stefan Korber
  • Siedlok, F., & Callagher, L. J. (2019). Knowledge sharing mechanism interactions in entrepreneurial producer co-operatives. Paper presented at EURAM 2019, Lisbon, Portugal. 26 June - 28 June 2019.
  • Callagher, L. J. (2019). Beyond the Buzzwords: How SMEs respond to disruptive technologies. Auckland, New Zealand. 30 April - 30 April 2019.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/52643


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 4134
New Zealand

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