Dr Michèle Akoorie

Research Professor

Michèle has been on the ICL Graduate Programmes Advisory Board for five years before she eventually joined the team. She was a Professor of International Management in the  Department of Strategy and Human Resource Management at the University of Waikato. She has taught at the University of Auckland and has held visiting positions at ANU (Australia) Reims Management School, France, the University of Oregon, USA, and the University of the Americas at Puebla, Mexico.

Michèle comes to ICL with a wealth of experience and a long list of teaching achievements and leadership in teaching innovation such as e-learning. Her teaching abilities have been recognised previously by such awards  as the 2002 Waikato Management School Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2002 Waikato University Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching and the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in the Category of Sustained Excellence in 2003..

Michèle is a graduate of the University of Auckland, holds an MBA (with distinction) in Export Management and International Business from City University, London, now Cass Business School and a DPhil from the University of Waikato. Michèle’s specialist field is international management, in which she has published several books and numerous journal articles. Her research interests in the international business field are wide ranging, covering international entrepreneurship in developing countries, multinational enterprises and government policy, small medium-sized businesses in clusters and industrial districts and industry specific research on sustainability in the New Zealand wine industry, thoroughbred breeding and racing in New Zealand and the Nelson seafood industry. Michèle, together with colleagues at Waikato Management School, has addressed the paucity of International Business textbooks and materials specific to the New Zealand context and the Asia Pacific area, by co-authoring and editing several books in International Business Strategy, which include case studies of New Zealand businesses operating internationally. She has also co-edited books of case studies on international management and alliances and networks.