• Surviving automation: skills for the future


    Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North 17,18,19 October 2017


Big Issues in Business

Massey University experts take the latest research and examines how it can help you solve the big issues your business faces today. Our experts share their experience and knowledge in the videos below, or you can attend one of our free events to hear discussions around topical issues facing business.


Surviving automation: Skills for the Future

If automation is the next industrial revolution, do you have the skills to survive? Artificial intelligence and robotics are changing the way we work, and it’s important to understand what this means for individuals and businesses. Join us to hear what academic and industry experts think will be the in-demand skills and strategies to help you thrive in an automated future.

Location and dates

There will be a 30 minute networking opportunity at the beginning of each event. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • AUCKLAND (BNZ, Deloitte Tower, 80 Queen St) 17 October 2017, 6-8pm
  • WELLINGTON (IMNZ, Jackson Stone House 3-11 Hunter St) 18 October 2017, 5.30-7.30pm
  • PALMERSTON NORTH (The Factory, 21 Dairy Farm Road) 19 October 2017, 5-7pm

Keynote speakers

Professor Jim Arrowsmith, MASSEY UNIVERSITY

Professor Arrowsmith has researched and published across a portfolio of areas to do with Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Expertise includes employee engagement, variable pay, and flexible working time.

Shailan Patel, National Account Manager Education & Retail, MYOB

Shailan manages MYOB's Education and Retail channels across New Zealand. Prior to that I worked for three reputable media companies after making the big move over to NZ.

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Leading experts give their experience and views on issues that are facing business today.

Sport management

The challenging issues faced by sporting organisations, athletes and supporters.


Disruptive technologies in the field of finance.


PR practitioners and media heavyweights discuss PR triumphs and disasters.


Ted Talks - Ted Zorn on leadership

When we talk about the biggest issues in business, leadership is often front and centre. It is the most studied, yet least understood phenomenon in the social sciences.

What leadership means differs for different people, across cultures and even across history.

In this context, how can you become a good leader? Massey Business School’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Ted Zorn, shares his experience and research in this Big Issues in Business video.

Ted Zorn has been a professor of organisational communication for nearly 30 years. His research and teaching expertise focuses on organisational communication.

Big Data

Are businesses using Big Data to their advantage?

Retail and Loyalty

What can businesses to do run a successful loyalty programme?

Good governance

Do New Zealand businesses understand their legal governance obligations?

Return on investment

Can we ever really measure the return on investment for marketing spend?

Women in leadership

Research shows that the glass ceiling persists.


How well are New Zealand's entrepreneurs adapting to global demands?

Diversity Management

How important is cultural diversity to your management style and is it relevant today?

Minimum wage

Is the minimum wage working, and are there alternatives?

Politically-risky exporting

Exporting to politically-risky countries has its benefits, but are you really ready?

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