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.


Currently 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 in the organisation and management of innovation. In particular, the role of learning and knowledge processes for innovation for cooperative and collaborative business models and ownership structures. Her research draws on a range of theoretical perspectives to explore how individuals adapt practices across varying geographical and epistemic locations for innovation purposes and the implications of this for organisational processes.

Research | Current

  • Innovation responses to disruptive technologies in traditional industries (with Dr Frank Siedlok, Dr Peter Smith, Professor Kenneth Husted, Mr Stefan Korber, Mr Ziad El Sahn, and Dr Paul Woodfield)
  • Interdisciplinary research; skills, processes, and policies for its development and commercialisation (with Dr Frank Siedlok, Dr Peter Smith, Ms Dana Cumin and others)  
  • Innovation and NZ co-operatives and beyond (with Dr Elena Garvneska and others) 


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

Teaching | Current

2018 Research Commercialisation

2018 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Action

2018 Ecosystems for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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

Postgraduate supervision

Dana Cumin (currently) PhD (Full-Time) How to manage dual allegiance for innovation (jointly supervised with Professor Kenneth Husted)

Cameron Quilter *currently) Master of Bioscience Thesis on I3 healthcare commercialisation entity

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

Chao (Robert) Luo (2015) Master of Commerce Thesis  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 Thesis Business Model Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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

Shannon Fraser (2014) Master of Bioscience Thesis 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 Thesis Commercialising polyphenol rich extracts from fruit and vegetable by-product streams

Shanshan (Summer) Wu (2013) Master Of Commerce Thesis 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 Thesis 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 Thesis 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 Thesis 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


Member of Faculty Staffing early-career sub-committee 2018-

Master of Bioscience Business School coordinator 2017-

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 process-based theories of innovation

Innovation and the 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

  • 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)

  • Hibbert, P., Callagher, L., Siedlok, F., Windahl, C., & Kim, H. S. (2017). (Engaging or avoiding) change through reflexive practices. Journal of Management Inquiry10.1177/1056492617718089
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42131
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Siedlok, Charlotta Windahl
  • Callagher, L. J., & Smith, P. (2017). Innovation awards: Reward, recognition, and ritual. International Journal of Innovation Management, 21 (5)10.1142/S1363919617400060
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33919
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Smith
  • Callagher, L. J. (2015). Rescuing Red Meat: An Industry Adrift. University of Auckland Business Review, 18 (1 (Spring)), 39-47. Related URL.
  • Callagher, L. J., Hibbert, P., Kim, H. S., Siedlok, F., & Windahl, C. (2015). (Engaging or avoiding) Responsibility through Reflexive Practices. Paper presented at European Group for Organizational Studies: 31st EGOS colloquium :Organizations and the Examined Life: Reason, Reflexivity and Responsibility, Athens, Greece. 2 July - 4 July 2015. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26762
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Siedlok, Charlotta Windahl
  • Callagher, L., Hibbert, P., Kim, H. S., Siedlok, F., & Windahl, C. (2015). Reflexive practices as competences for addressing change. Paper presented at 7th International Process Symposium: Skillful Performance: Enacting Expertise, Competence, and Capabilities in Organizations, Kos, Greece. 24 June - 27 June 2015.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26761
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Siedlok, Charlotta Windahl
  • Callagher, L. J., Horst, M., & Husted, H. (2015). Exploring societal responses towards managerial prerogative in entrepreneurial universities. International Journal of Learning and Change, 8 (1), 64-82. 10.1504/IJLC.2015.069074
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26069
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kenneth Husted
  • Callagher, L. J., Smith, P., & Ruscoe, S. (2015). Government roles in venture capital development: A review of current literature. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 4 (3), 367-391. 10.1108/JEPP-08-2014-0032
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33917
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Smith
  • Smith, P., Callagher, L. J., & Huang, X. L. (2014). Alliance scope and firm performance in the biotechnology industry. International Journal of Innovation Management, 18 (03)10.1142/S1363919614400088
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Smith

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 439
New Zealand