L-R: Associate Professor Jonatahn Elms, Dr Andrew Murphy, Andrew Bhimy, Professor Jane Parker, Mark Powell, Professor Jim Arrowsmith, Mike Fiszer.

Research partnership between Massey and Warehouse

The Warehouse Group is partnering with Massey University’s MPOWER research hub by providing funds for new research projects.

MPOWER (Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research) is a network that collaborates across disciplines to address key issues faced by organisations and workers.

At the launch to announce the collaboration, Warehouse Group head of retail careers Andrew Bhimy said the goals of both organisations were very much aligned.

“MPOWER is all about leading thinking in the space of people and people management and we see ourselves as leaders in this space as well, and particularly around careers in retail,” he said.

“The fact that we are holding an event like this in our new Sir Stephen Tindall Learning Centre is a really powerful illustration of the alignment between our two organisations.”

Warehouse Goup chief executive Mark Powell, who is currently completing his third master’s degree, said he was “a great believer in education and research”.

“Good research helps you put some objective data behind the decisions you make,” he said. “It’s good to see the growing collaboration we have with Massey – not just with MPOWER but also with the Bachelor of Business and Retail Management.

“I hope this is the start of many great collaborations going forward.”

MPOWER co-director Professor Jane Parker said working with a leading employer like the Warehouse Group would ensure MPOWER’s research projects were of practical use.

“This collaboration will ensure that what we do in academia is working in tandem with industry so we produce relevant research that businesses can use in practice and policy,” she said. “It also means we can glean the latest cutting-edge ideas from the real world.”

Three MPOWER researchers presented insights from their work to the audience of academics and human resources practitioners at the launch. Professor Jarrod Haar discussed his research into leadership styles, Professor Jim Arrowsmith gave a presentation on delivering employee engagement in tough times, and Professor Stuart Carr shared the initial findings from MPOWER’s living wage survey.


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