Theresa Gattung Chair in Women in Entrepreneurship – The University of Auckland


Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

  • Challenge existing systems and thinking to address the current gender disparity in business ownership, leadership, and governance.
  • Enhance impact of teaching and research in entrepreneurship, with a particular emphasis on business success of women, at a top-ranked and triple crown accredited Business School.
  • Live and work in Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest, most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city and centre of commerce.

We welcome interest from scholars, preferably at full professor level, who have developed research expertise and a high-quality publication record with a commitment to addressing gender disparity in business ownership, leadership, and governance.

Applicants for the endowed Theresa Gattung Chair in Women in Entrepreneurship will be motivated to provide leadership and develop a diverse range of relationships to apply their research to improve capacity and success of women in all aspects of business. This is a continuing academic position based in the Department of Management and International Business in the University of Auckland Business School.

The Chair will be an excellent communicator, able to disseminate research in a compelling way across academic, business and not-for-profit communities. Our academics appreciate the ease with which they are able to access and engage meaningfully with practitioners and business leaders to have a positive impact on the Aotearoa New Zealand economy, whilst operating collegially within the Business School and being supported to remain connected with international research communities. The Chair will contribute to expanding the reach of current University of Auckland Business School and Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) initiatives, further developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Chair will be an active participant in the Business School, developing relevant courses, delivering outstanding research and mentoring others to reach their full potential as management scholars. Demonstrating insight, empathy and commitment to equity initiatives, the Chair will be committed to understanding the importance of te Tiriti of Waitangi and the University of Auckland’s place in the Pacific, supporting Māori and Pacific achievement along with that of the diverse population of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Chair will embrace the Faculty and University’s deep commitment to Māori development through teaching, learning and encouraging partnerships that acknowledge the principles of te Tiriti of Waitangi.

The University of Auckland’s ranking in the top 100 of the 2021 QS World Universities Ranking (ranking top in New Zealand in Business & Management and Economics) and in the top 10 in the world in the Times Higher Education THE University Impact Rankings 2021 confirms both its status as New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led university and its place amongst the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Position Description is available here. For further information, please contact:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, +64 9 923 9096, email:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, + 64 9 923 9006 email:

Applications should be submitted via the University website by 8 October 2021

To apply please click here

Position Reference: REF9485F

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to


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