Otago Polytechnic

Research from Jo Kirkwood


Qualifications (Phd Otago, M.Com Otago, B.Com (hons) Otago).

Jo is a facilitator at Otago Polytechnic and programme leader of the Doctor of Professional Practice programme.

Dr Jo Kirkwood has been working in higher education in New Zealand for the past 18 years. She is experienced in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has particular interests and expertise in facilitation, academic mentoring and assessment at the Masters and Doctoral levels. Jo has supervised approximately 100 masters and doctoral students in their various projects and theses.

In her early career, Jo worked as a Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Commerce (now MBIE) where she was involved as auction manager for the world's first internet auction of radio spectrum. Jo graduated with her PhD from the University of Otago in 2004. Her thesis was focused on gender differences in motivations for entrepreneurship.

Jo's present research interests are around women entrepreneurs/mumpreneurs, Tall Poppy Syndrome and its impact on entrepreneurs and sustainable entrepreneurs/ecopreneurs. Jo's work is widely published in academic journals and textbooks, and practitioner publications such as NZ Business and NZ Entrepreneur.

Chapter in Book

Kirkwood,J. (2019) The power of the crowd – equity crowdfunding at PledgeMe. case study in Frederick & O'Connor, Entrepreneurship, Theory, process & practice. 5th Asia-Pacific edition. Cengage Learning, Melbourne. Pg 524-526.

Journal Article

Gray,B., Kirkwood, J., Etemaddar,M., & Monahan, E. (2018) Sustainable business models for community-based enterprises in Samoa and Tonga Small Enterprise Reserach 2018, VOL. 25, NO. 2, 99–113

Gray,B., Kirkwood,J., Monahan,E & Etemaddar,M. (2018) Internal factors influencing effective opportunity identification in a Tongan social enterprise Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship,Volume 30, 2018

Kirkwood, J., Dwyer, K., & Walton, S. (2017) An Ecopreneur’s Growing Resilience after a Series of Earthquakes. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy. Vol 11(1), 129-148.

doi: 10.1108/JEC-12-2014-0028

Zahraie, B., Everett, A. M., Walton, S., & Kirkwood, J. (2016) Environmental Entrepreneurs Facilitating change toward Sustainability: A case study of the Wine industry in New Zealand. Small Enterprise Research, Vol 23(1), 39-57.

doi: 10.1080/13215906.2016.1188717

Kirkwood, J. (2016) How Women and Men Business Owners Perceive Success. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, Vol 22(5), 594-615. doi: 10.1108/IJEBR-01-2016-0024

Gabriel, C.-A., & Kirkwood, J. (2016) Business Models for Model Businesses: Lessons from Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries. Energy Policy, Vol 95, pg 336-349. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2016.05.006

Gabriel, C.-A., Kirkwood, J., Walton, S., & Rose, E. L. (2016) How do developing country constraints affect renewable energy entrepreneurs? Energy for Sustainable Development, 35, 52-66.

doi: 10.1016/j.esd.2016.09.006

Kirkwood, J; Baucus, M; Dwyer, K. (2016) Ethics in Entrepreneurship Education - The Case of a Student Start-Up Entrepreneur Journal of Business Ethics Education. Vol 13, pg 91-116

Cornwall, J., Kirkwood, J., Clark, G., Silvey, S., Appleby, R. D., Wolkenhauer, S. M., Panjabi, J., Gluyas, E. Brain, C., Abbott, M. (2015) Can a Short Intensive Course affect Entrepreneurial Ability, Knowledge and Intent, or Further Entrepreneurial Study? An Assessment of the SEED programme, Dunedin, New Zealand. Industry & Higher Education, Vol 29(5), 397-404.

doi: 10.5367/ihe.2015.0273

Kirkwood, J., & Walton, S. (2014) How green is green? Ecopreneurs balancing environmental concerns and business goals. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(1), 37-51. doi: 10.1080/14486563.2014.880384

Gray, B.J., Duncan, S., Kirkwood, J., & Walton, S. (2014) Encouraging Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Climate-Threatened Communities: A Samoan Case Study. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 26(5-6), 401-430. doi: 10.1080/08985626.2014.922622

Kirkwood, J., Dwyer, K., & Gray, B. (2014) Students' Reflections on the Value of an Entrepreneurship Education. International Journal of Management Education, 12(3), 307-316.

doi: 10.1016/j.ijme.2014.07.005

Zamanzadeh, V., Roshangar, F., Fathi-Azar, E., Valizadeh, L., & Kirkwood, J. (2014) Experiences of Newly Graduated Nurses on Strategies of Gaining Self-Confidence During their Initial Work: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Nursing Research, 22(4), 283-291.

doi: 10.1097/jnr.0000000000000050

Walton, S., & Kirkwood, J. (2013) Tempered radicals! Ecopreneurs as Change Agents for Sustainability: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 2(5), 461-475.

doi: 10.1504/IJSEI.2013.059321

Kirkwood, J. (2012) Family matters: Exploring the Role of Family in the New Venture Creation Decision. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Vol 25(2), 141-154.

doi: 10.1080/08276331.2012.10593565

Conference Contribution - Other

Mann, S., Ker, G, & Kirkwood, J. (2018) Surfing the edge of chaos meets academic rigour: Operationalising Doctorate of Professional Practice 6th International Conference on Professional Doctorates, 22-23 March 2018, Friends House London.

Kirkwood, J., & Viitanen, T. (2015) Stop knocking entrepreneurs: How to mitigate the effects of tall poppy syndrome on entrepreneurs. Proceedings of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Research Exchange Conference. (pp. 20).

Kirkwood, J & Guenther, A (2014) PledgeMe Proceedings of USASBE (United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship) annual conference, 9-12 January 2014. Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Winner of Best Teaching case award.


Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Mann, S., Kirkwood, J, & Schmidt, L. (2018) The Many Faces Of Impact - How A New Doctor Of Professional Practice Programme Is Designed To Produce Transformational Impact. Quality in Postgraduate Research, Adelaide, South Australia, April 17-19 2018.

Kirkwood, J., Dwyer, K., & Walton, S. (2015) Ecopreneur Typologies: An ecopreneurs experience of changing approach following a natural disaster In B. Kotey (Ed.), Proceedings of the 27th Small Enterprise Association of Australia & New Zealand (SEAANZ) Annual Conference.

Zhang, J. A., Walton, S., & Kirkwood, J. (2014) Eco-Innovativeness and Business Performance: The Moderating Effect of Environmental Orientation. Proceedings of the 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: Reshaping Management for Impact.

Kirkwood, J., Dwyer, K., Gray, B., & O'Neill, D. (2013) To go ahead or not? An ethical dilemma in business start-up. Proceedings of the 27th United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USABE) Annual Conference: What's new, what works: In the classroom and on the street.

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