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TSBE RESEARCH SEMINAR | Business Education Involving Existentialism and Ethics in Decision Making



Start Date

2nd Dec 2016 12:00pm

End Date

2nd Dec 2016 2:00pm

Tasmanian School of Business and Economics Research Seminar Series 2016

Presented by

Dr Martin Kelly, University of Waikato

Venue: Harvard Lecture Theatre 2, and via videolink to D131 (Newnham) and A119 (Cradle Coast)


The paper argues that economic modelling dominates business decision making in the world today.  This results in problems for the natural environment and the societies that have been created within it.  For many decades, management education has been used to foster economic domination, rather than to challenge it.  Current education should be encouraging students to develop the philosophical confidence to challenge the dominance of economic theory over business practices.  The paper provides one example of a Management Studies course, which has been created to do this.  The course encourages the use of an existential approach in evaluating the outcomes resulting from extant business practices, and determining what the best role for business in society might be. The seminar paper, which Martin is presenting will also be presented at the 6th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference in Brisbane, 5 & 6 December 2016.

Speaker biography

Martin holds a PhD in Accounting, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and has been the ‘New Zealand Ambassador’ for that body since 2010.  He is also   a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.  He currently holds the position of Postgraduate Convenor in the Department of Accounting at Waikato Management School.

Martin was born in England.  He worked as a ‘Higher Manager’ at British Gas – Scotland for several years before moving to New Zealand in 1987 to become an academic.  Before joining the Department of Accounting in 1993, he was the Director of the Management Development Centre at Waikato Management School.  He has in excess of a hundred publications to his name.  He teaches and researches in the areas of: holistic education, business ethics, corporate governance, sustainability and integrated reporting.  He has been a member of the Editorial Board of Philosophy of Management since 2008, and has served as Guest Editor, and Track Convenor at the Oxford Conference, for that journal.  He has also served on the Editorial Boards of: Accounting Education: An International Journal (2001- 2004) and The International Journal of Management Literature (2000-005). He has been a member of the ABEN Steering Committee since 2013.

A light lunch will be provided in Level 4 Function Space, Centenary Building. Please RSVP to Jacqueline Fox for catering purposes.

For enquiries, please contact the Management seminar convenor, Sarah Dawkins

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