Dr Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm
DPhil in Management, PGDip of Business in Management and BCom in International Business.
Rachel is an interdisciplinary researcher chiefly involved in scholarly/policy and applied research investigating economies of wellbeing. Current projects include NZ Principal Investigator and international collaborator on a USA Global Fulbright awarded to Dr Isabel Hawkins, and Lead Principal Investigator of a Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Whai Rawa project examining Māori leadership and economies of wellbeing. Her publications advance knowledge on how businesses and organizations are providing leadership through scaling up pro-social and pro-environmental outcomes via innovation. She extends theorising in social ecological systems, and indigenous ecological knowledge, particularly matauranga Māori. In application, her work offers insights used to harness social and cultural innovation to advance resilience and economies of well-being.
Rachel is of Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto, Te Whakatohea, Tongan, German, English, Scottish and Irish descent. As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School, she teaches undergraduate courses in intercultural communication and postgraduate courses in Sustainability and Business Ethics. Her doctoral, masters and honours supervisions focus on topics relating to sustainability, leadership, distributive innovation, food security and food sovereignty, Māori and indigenous leadership and business ethics.
NZ Co-Principal Investigator: US Global Fulbright Awardee Dr Isabel Hawkins : The Pleiades in Polynesia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes: Cross-Cultural Connections and the Science of Ancestral Timekeeping: (2018-2020)
Lead Principal Investigator: Nga Pae o te Maramatanga New Zealand Centre for Māori Research Excellence: Promoting effective Māori leadership and decision making for prosperous economies of wellbeing (2017-2020) Whai Rawa
Lead Principal Investigator: Faculty Development Research Fund Sustainability in lifestyle consumption:
Lead Principal Investigator: Faculty Development Research Fund Status and Sustainability in Consumption:
Awardee: Te Whare Kura Funding (TRI UoA) Professional Development Workshop United Nations Global Compact PRME, Advancing Indigneous Perspectives; Academy of Management, Vancouver:
Associate Investigator: Royal Society Marsden Fund (Glamour and Grind; New Creative workers in the film industry: Māori perspectives with Dr Ella Henry) Principal Investigators: Associate Professor Deborah Jones, Professor Judith Pringle
Invited Participant: Nga Pae o te Maramatanga International Writing Retreats Series: Centre of Research Excellence (CORE)
Principal: World University Network (WUN) UoA Representative: Bridging health promotion and Sustainability science: Transition to the green economy: Professor Maurice Mittelmark (Head, Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Bergen, Norway)
Ph.D: Management , UoA. (Continuity and vitality of worldviews in organisation culture: towards a Māori perspective)
Senior Research Associate: Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development
Research Assistant: Tertiary Education Commission: Māori Governance in Tertiary Institutions
Research Assistant: James Henare Research Centre, Māori Sustainable Business Development – Ngati Whatua Business Focus (Foundation Research Science and Technology, FORST)
Research | Current
Spiller, C, Wolfgramm, R.M., Henry, E., & Pouwhare, R (2019). Paradigm Warriors: advancing a radical ecosystems approach of Collective Māori Leadership. Human Relations. SAGE.
Wolfgramm, R.M., Spiller, M.M., Henry, E., Pouwhare, R (2019). Māori Relational Economies of Wellbeing. Nga Hono Ohanga Oranga, AlterNative. SAGE.
Tuazon, G. F., Wolfgramm, R., & Whyte, K. P. (2019). Can You Drink Money? Integrating Organizational Perspective-Taking and Organizational Resilience in a Multi-level Systems Framework for Sustainability Leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-22.
Vu, M. C., Wolfgramm, R., & Spiller, C. (2018). Minding Less; Organizational mindfulness and mindlessness: the art of non-attachment in Buddhist skillful means, Journal of Management Learning
Wolfgramm, R. (2016). Honoring the past, present and future. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Volume 2016, Number 62, pp.
Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C., & Voyageur, C. (2016). Indigenous Leadership Special Issue (Editors Commentary). Leadership. SAGE. Vol. 12(3) 263–269. DOI: 10.1177/1742715016646930
Henry, E., Wolfgramm, R. (2015). Relational leadership: an indigenous Māori perspective. Leadership. SAGE.
Wolfgramm, R., Flynn-Coleman, S., & Conroy, D. (2013). Dynamic Interactions of Agency in Leadership (DIAL): An Integrative Framework for Analyzing Agency in Sustainability Leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-14. 10.1007/s10551-013-19777
Wolfgramm, R., Conroy, D.M. (2011). “Status and Sustainable Consumption in Life Style Events, conspicuous to conscious consumption” International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability Vol 7 (2) pp 301-312. Common Ground.
Wolfgramm, R (2008). Creativity and Institutional Innovation in intercultural research, Māori and Indigenous Review, Issue 3, pp169-182, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, National Centre for Research Excellence for Māori Development, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Spiller, C & Wolfgramm, R. (2015). Indigenous spirituality at work, transforming the spirit of enterprise, A volume in Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research and Application, Louis W. Fry, Series Editor, International Age Publishers ,Charlotte, NC, USA
Wolfgramm, R., & Spiller, C. Calling our Ancestors of Tomorrow (in press) in Nelson, M. (ed). “What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?” Anthology, Chicago University Press.
Spiller, C., Mudford, M., & Wolfgramm, R. (2019). Mana and the Existence of Leadership. In J. Marques (Ed), The Routledge Companion to Management and Workplace Spirituality.
Wolfgramm, R, Spiller, C, Houkamau, C & Henare, M. (2018). Home; resistance, resilience and innovation from a Māori economy perspective in Traditional ecological knowledge and Sustainability. Eds. Nelson& Schilling, Cambridge University Press
Wolfgramm, R & Henry, E. (2015). Wahine Toa, Māori women warrior leaders in the screen industry, in Women and Leadership around the world, Eds. Madsen and Longman, International Leadership Association, Information Age Publishing
Spiller, C & Wolfgramm, R. (2015). Integrating Indigenous Spiritualities at work; reflections and future directions in “Indigenous Spiritualities at work” Eds. Spiller & Wolfgramm, Information Age Publishing, USA
Wolfgramm, R & Waetford, C. (2015) Interpreting god narratives as a spiritual resource; in “Indigenous Spiritualities at work” Eds. Spiller & Wolfgramm, Information Age Publishing, USA
Pringle, J, Wolfgramm R & Henry E (2010). Expanding Diversity research through cross-ethnic research partnerships, in Working for Inclusion and Diversity: Positive Experiences from Academics across the world: Eds: Katila, S, Merilainen, S and Tiernari, J, Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom
Pringle, J, Wolfgramm R (2004). Gender and ethnicity in women’s businesses in New Zealand, in International Handbook of Women in small business entrepreneurship, Eds: Fielden, S and Davidson, M, Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom
Conferences, Symposia, Forums
Henry, E., Wolfgramm, R.M., Spiller, M.M., Pouwhare, R, Crothers,C (2019) Promoting effective Māori leadership and decision making for prosperous economies of wellbeing, Australia New Zealand Academy of Management, Cairns, Australia (3-6 December)
Ella Henry; Maggie Walter; Carla Houkamau; Rachel Wolfgramm; Charles Crothers (2019),Developing Indigenous Quantitative Research: Voices from Australia and New Zealand,Australia New Zealand Academy of Management, Cairns, Australia (3-6 December) PANEL
Wolfgramm, R, Plester, B, Bolden, R, Rolfe, J, Tuazon, G, Sutherland, N (2019) Ghost Leadership, Now you see me, now you don’t; Standing Conference Organization Symbolism SCOS Ghosts, Kings Manor, York University, York UK, (July 8-11, 2019)
Wolfgramm, R. Spiller, C, Henry, E., Pouwhare, R., Reid, N. (2018). Paradigm Warriors, Getting real about collective leadership. International Indigenous Research Conference, Tamaki Makarau. Aotearoa New Zealand.
Wolfgramm, R, Spiller C, Henry, E, Pouwhare, R. (2018) Dynamic and Resilient ecological knowledge in indigenous organization and leadership, 7th Latin American Management and Organization Studies (LAEMOS) “Organizing for Resilience: Scholarship in Unsettled Times”, that will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gerson, T, Wolfgramm R,M. (2018) Recalibrating Sustainability Leadership integrating perspective taking, World Social Science Forum, Fukuoka, Japan (September 25-29).
Wolfgramm, R, Conroy D, Flynn-Coleman S & Houkamau (2018). To have and to hold; to love and to cherish; transitioning identities and consumer behavior in weddings, Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, (SCOS) Wabi-Sabi, Meiji University, Tokyo (August 15-19, 2018).
Vu, M. C., Wolfgramm, R., & Spiller, C. (2016). Organizational mindfulness and mindlessness: the art of non-attachment in Buddhist skillful means, European Group Organization Studies (EGOS), Universite Fredrico, Naples, Italy, (6-9 July)
Vu, M. C., Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C. & Kriger, M. (2016). Skillful means, right action and mindfulness; a Buddhist approach to creating meaningful organizations. Academy of Management, Anaheim. (6-8 August)
Henry, E., Wolfgramm, R., Pringle, J. & Jones, D. (2015). Indigenous identity and career enactment: the cultural context of Māori in screen production. EGOS Conference, Athens, Greece (4-7 July)
Teaching | Current
From To Institution Position Held
|2009||Present||The University of Auckland||Senior Lecturer, Management and International Business|
|2004||2008||The University of Auckland||Lecturer, Te Whakahaere Huanga Māori, Graduate School of Management, Business Culture Society|
|2001||2004||The University of Auckland||Lecturer, Organisation Behaviour|
|2019||GLMI707||Business and Sustainability|
|2018||Reseach Study Leave||Doctoral Supervisions|
|2017||GLMI707||Business and Sustainability|
|2016||MGMT 737||Sustainability and Business|
|2015||MGMT 737||Sustainability and Business|
Selected Doctoral and Postgraduate Supervisions
Gerson Tuazon - LMX Leader Member Exchange and Perspective Taking
Varun Bhadwaj - Sacred Cows; A comparative study of dairy industries in New Zealand and India
Regan Duff- Social transformation and community resilience in global crises
Dr Mariaelena Huambachano - Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Aotearoa and Peru : Presidential Post Doctoral Scholarship, Brown University, USA
Dr Mai Vu - Interpretations of Bhuddhist Philosophy in Business Leadership (PhD - transfer to Durham University)
Dr Peter McGill - Spirituality at work (Primary supervisor, Dr Ross McDonald)
Anika Benthim- A critical approach to diversity (MCom)
Rangimarie Hunia - Māori tribal development and leadership - Ngati Whatua o Orakei Economic Rennaissance(MCom)
Soren Groetzner - Benchmarking sustainable consumption in major events - Rugby World Cup
Kaisa Sahi - Welcome to the winners circle; inspiring leadership in business (MCom)
Nicholas Fong - Ecopreneurship; motivations and opportunity constructs (MCom)
Richard Aitken - New Patterns of sustainable consumption (BComHons)
Lucy Clarke - Sustainability in the fashion industry (MCom)
Gary Thomson - A Māori leadership legacy (MCom)
Cheryl Moana Rowles-Waetford - Spiritual capital (BcomHons)
Gig Hui - Organization citizenship and spiritual efficacy (BComHons)
Youmee Lee - Spirituality and team efficacy at work (BComHons)
Kaisa Sahi - Sustainability Leadership Awards : inspiring industry wide change (BComHons)
- 2010 Vice Chancellor Strategic Development Fund
- 2008 Te Amorangi National Māori Academic Excellence, 2007
- 1994-1998 Nga Tauira Māori Scholarship Undergraduate Commerce
Editor, Leadership (SAGE) Special Issues Indigenous Leadership
Special Editor: Journal of Management and Organisation
Associate Editor: Journal of Information Communication Ethics and Sustainability – Special Edition
Editorial Team Member: Alternative, International Journal of Indigenous Peoples
Journal of Business Ethics
British Journal of Sociology
Journal of Management and Organization
AlterNative: Journal of Indigenous Studies
Journal of Management, Religion and Spirituality
MAI: Maori and Indigeous Review
Journal of Management Education, Special Issue, Indigenous Education
Conference Chair, International Review, Science and Abstract Committees
Academy of Management (USA), speciality stream, Management, Spirituality and Religion
Academy of Management International Carolyn Dexter Awards
Australia New Zealand Academy of Management; Specialist editor: Spirituality, Organisation
Behaviour and Indigenous Development
IFSAM (International Federation of Scholars Academy Management) Review Committee
ILA International Leadership Association
European Group Organization Studies (EGOS)
British Academy of Management (BAM)
Areas of expertise
Sustainability Leadership;Sustainable Business Innovations;Economies of Wellbeing;
Maori Leadership and Decision Making
- Member of the College of Assessors (MBIE, 2016-2020)
- Monitor and Panel Member NZQA ITP (2011-2016)
- Co-chair Universitas 21 Sustainability Project
- Member, United Nations Habitat University Partnership Steering Committee
- Member and key contact, SRG, Sustainability Research Group, Business School
- Member of the Business School Arts and Sculpture Committee
- Director, Tuakana Navigating Futures Programme, University of Auckland Business School 2010,2011
- Acting Director, Mira Szsazsy Research Centre(2015)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Spiller, C., Wolfgramm, R. M., Henry, E., & Pouwhare, R. (2019). Paradigm warriors: Advancing a radical ecosystems view of collective leadership from an Indigenous Maori perspective. HUMAN RELATIONS, 73 (4), 516-543. 10.1177/0018726719893753
- Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C., Henry, E., & Pouwhare, R. (2019). A culturally derived framework of values-driven transformation in Maori economies of well-being (Nga hono ohanga oranga). ALTERNATIVE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, 16 (1), 18-28. 10.1177/1177180119885663
- Tuazon, G. F., Wolfgramm, R., & Whyte, K. P. (2019). Can You Drink Money? Integrating Organizational Perspective-Taking and Organizational Resilience in a Multi-level Systems Framework for Sustainability Leadership. Journal of Business Ethics10.1007/s10551-019-04219-3
- Chi Vu, M., Wolfgramm, R., & Spiller, C. (2018). Minding less: Exploring mindfulness and mindlessness in organizations through Skillful Means. Management Learning, 49 (5), 578-594. 10.1177/1350507618794810
- Henry, E., & Wolfgramm, R. (2018). Relational leadership – An indigenous Māori perspective. Leadership, 14 (2), 203-219. 10.1177/1742715015616282
- Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C., & Voyageur, C. (2016). Special issue: Indigenous leadership – Editors’ introduction. Leadership, 12 (3), 263-269. 10.1177/1742715016646930
- Wolfgramm, R. (2016). Honouring the present, past and future. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2016 (62), 14-19. 10.9774/GLEAF.4700.2016.ju.00005
- Wolfgramm, R., & Henry, E. (2015). Reconceptualising relational leadership from a Māori cultural perspective. Paper presented at 17th Annual Global Conference: Leading across borders and generations, Barcelona Conference Centre, Spain. 14 October - 17 October 2015.
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