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Research is key to Otago Polytechnic’s role as a tertiary education provider. A strong research culture means better education for students and a great overall benefit to the wider community. Our teaching and learning activities are underpinned by research, which means all teaching practitioners are current in their field of expertise and in their teaching practice.

This not only develops the capability of our staff, but of our students and graduates. We are drawing on our institutional strengths and core capabilities to engage with collaborators, with the professions, with industry and our communities, and we apply our expertise to help solve challenges. 


Research from Jodyanne (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 worlds 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. Jos present research interests are around women entrepreneursmumpreneurs, Tall Poppy Syndrome and its impact on entrepreneurs and sustainable entrepreneursecopreneurs. Jos work is widely published in academic journals and textbooks, and practitioner publications such as NZ Business and NZ Entrepreneur.

Journal Article

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

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

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

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 http://www.neilsonjournals.com/JBEE/abstractjbee13kirkwoodetal.html

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

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). Retrieved from http://acereconference.com/past-conferences/2015-program/.

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. https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/usasbe/usasbe14/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=3950026&PHPSESSID=c3gsvt043vvg2nk4eob8tdt276

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

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. Retrieved from http://seaanz.org/content/27th-annual-seaanz-conference-2014-1.

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. http://www.anzam.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf-manager/1683_ANZAM-2014-284.PDF

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. http://www.usasbe.org/?page=conference2013 (session number 31310)

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