Portfolio 1: Building New Zealand's Innovation Capacity

cThe research

Portfolio 1 will continue over the 10-year lifetime of the Challenge.

Research will tackle two big weaknesses in the New Zealand innovation system – human capacity (people and skills) and relational capacity (the network between researchers and industry).

Human capacity

The ability of our researchers to explain their research in terms that industry and other end-users can understand, and to place their research in the context of New Zealand and its economic growth.

Relational capacity

tableThe ways researchers work, network and engage with industry.

The research is based on the concept of open innovation which theorises that to create value, enterprises need to acquire, assimilate and exploit knowledge from not only their own internal resources but also external sources.

This requires enterprises to connect with others. How enterprises ( or in this case research teams) connect is dependent on their capacity to connect.

We will conduct observational research through multiple, parallel, real-time case studies on the process of research and industry engagement in our spearhead projects.

We will understand what works best in the New Zealand context, evaluate the effectiveness of our work and learn from it as we go.

Since the Māori economy has distinctive features, there will be parallel case-studies of co-innovation projects between Challenge researchers and Māori organisations.

Research findings will be shared with the wider science community as we go.

The team

Team members have extensive track records of producing academically excellent and New Zealand relevant research regarding business growth, Māori entrepreneurship and tribal economies, science innovation and research commercialisation.

Portfolio 1 leader Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl

Associate Professor Urs Daellenbach: Victoria University of Wellington – leader, strategy & innovation

Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl: Ngāi Tahu Rangitāne. University of Otago – leader, Māori innovation, Mātauranga Māori

Professor Sally Davenport: Victoria University of Wellington – science, innovation and entrepreneurship

Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt: University of Otago – strategy, business growth

Lawrence Green: Leadership & innovation consultant & facilitator

Professor Jarrod Haar: Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mahuta. Auckland University of Technology – human resources, entrepreneurship,  Māori business

Maui Hudson: Whakatohea, Te Mahurehure, Ngā Ruahine. Waikato University - Mātauranga Māori, Māori and Science Sector

Associate Professor Merata Kawharu: Ngāti Whatua, Ngāpuhi. University of Auckland and University of Otago – Mātauranga Māori, Tribal economies

Reece Moors: Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue. Innovation consultant and facilitator. Strategic advisor on Māori economic development

Dr Conor O'Kane: University of Otago – academic entrepreneurship, strategy

Dr Diane Ruwhiu: Ngāpuhi. University of Otago – Māori small and medium-sized enterprises (SM)

Professor Paul Tapsell: Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Raukawa. University of Otago – Māori entrepreneurship, Mātauranga Māori

Dr Paul Woodfield: Auckland University of Technology – innovation, entrepreneurship, family business.