Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme

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The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme welcomes your attendance and participation in our insightful events held throughout the year. A list of PAST EVENTS is also provided below.

Dr Lisa Callagher, Senior Lecturer, Management and International Business

Tech Tuesday Forum for Innovative Manufacturers

TOPIC: BEYOND THE BUZZWORDS - How SMEs respond to disruptive technologies

Disruptive technologies such as additive manufacturing, automation, AI/AR, robotics, and big data are constantly on our minds, often featuring in policy documents, popular airport books and TED talks. While large firms have the right resources to adapt to change, the majority of New Zealand industry – collections of small-to-medium firms or start-ups – may be left behind.

Dr Lisa Callagher will discuss findings from an exploratory study of SME manufacturing firms across New Zealand, Australia and Austria to offer insights into how they sought out, acquired, and implemented these technologies for their processes and routines. With research intended to directly apply to New Zealand industry and its main players: manufacturers, start-ups, researchers, and policymakers, she hopes to share knowledge on organisational processes that support innovation, decision-making, and future-proofing the capabilities of our people.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday 30 April 2019 | 5 - 7pm (Nibbles and drinks will be served)

VENUE: University of Auckland, Newmarket Campus Seminar Room (902.402) | Free parking via Gate 3, 314-390 Khyber Pass Road. Please register your vehicle at reception to avoid towing. You may need to press the intercom button at the Gate 3 boom for access.


PRESENTER: Dr Lisa Callagher, Senior Lecturer, Management and International Business, Faculty of Business and Economics



Dr Lisa Callagher is a Senior Lecturer in the Management and International Business Department contributing to the design and delivery of innovation and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Lisa teaches and supervises in the organisation and management of innovation. In particular, the role of learning and knowledge processes for innovation for cooperative and collaborative business models and ownership structures. Her research draws on a range of theoretical perspectives to explore how individuals adapt practices across varying geographical and epistemic locations for innovation purposes and the implications of this for organisational processes.

Man with lasers. Tech Tuesday Business Breakfasts

More about the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme

The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme can help you to develop successful new products and services and increase profitability through ideas generation, technology development and innovation implementation.

As a part of the IMM Programme, we host an exciting calendar of industry events throughout the year. These events offer innovative and novel insights into design, manufacturing efficiency, processing technology, and materials science.

By attending our events, you will become a part of an ongoing dialogue between industry experts, academics, and anyone with a stake in the future of New Zealand’s innovative manufacturing and design sector.


OUR NEXT EVENT will be a Tech Tuesday Forum for Innovative Manufacturers on 26 February 2019, an evening event commencing at 5.00pm on our Newmarket Campus.




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