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    Taking student research to international seas: kaiako and student reflections on their digital journey
    (2023-09-08) Chutuape, Darlyn; Porter, Kushla
    The past year has seen changes in our Applied Business Research paper as we offered a platform for ākonga to share research ideas through showcasing events at Toi Ohomai | Te Pūkenga. But what happens when the opportunity presents itself for students to share their research at an international research conference? As the digital age makes it all the more possible to share research across the seas, an intrepid pair of ākonga and kaiako went on a research journey that turned out to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for both. For the ākonga, participating in the conference meant being immersed in a novel research experience where feedback from experts sharpened her focus on a topic that she is passionate about - exploring communication barriers in the primary healthcare sector. For the kaiako, this collaboration brought home the realisation of how partnerships with students result in meaningful learning that goes beyond the classroom experience. This presentation is a sharing of kaiako and ākonga reflections from their post-conference hui. Using the “What? So what? Now what?” reflective model from Rolfe et al. (2001), the presenters will share their experience, the challenges and rewards of participating in the event, and plans for moving forward with their research. The presenters hope that sharing their reflections will encourage symposium participants to consider the value of undertaking research in partnership with ākonga and mutually embarking on the wonders of the research journey.
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    Creating work spaces that work
    (2023-07-21) Bradley, Anne
    According to David, office design is changing rapidly. People are no longer stuck at their desks. Technology means you can work sitting on a couch, or at a bar-leaner for an informal meeting. Decorative screens, high-backed couches, flexible meeting spaces, sound pods and a range of other innovations are recreating open office spaces to mitigate noise pollution, and give employees far more choice about how and where they work, and with who.
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    The impact of remote working on organisational culture in Aotearoa New Zealand
    (2023) Bradley, Anne; Hawkins, Maree; Wilson, Mark
    The global shift to remote working is one of the most significant transitions in work practice since the Industrial Revolution. Initially arising from the development of digital communication technology and subsequently imposed worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working continues for many amidst fluctuating social distancing rules, lockdowns, the rise of new COVID-19 variants and a new acceptance of remote working as a viable solution to reduce operational costs. Studies suggest that employees experience a myriad of benefits from the flexibility and autonomy remote working offers; however such a dramatic change in organisational behaviour is also impacting organisational culture and raising questions about how those impacts can be managed. This qualitative study explores employee perceptions of the personal impacts of remote working, and the impacts of remote working on organisational culture. The findings highlight issues to assist with effective organisational adaptation. Seventy-four participants from a range of organisations across Aotearoa New Zealand completed an online survey, and a focus group met to discuss themes arising from the survey data. Findings suggest that, whilst employees report positive personal impacts from remote working, largely due to the beneficial emotional and practical effects of increased flexibility, the impacts on organisational culture differ widely. Remote working exposes the strengths and weaknesses in the existing culture. Positive impacts are contingent on employee perceptions of level of trust, the maintenance of social connections within teams and the wider organisation, and communication satisfaction including both relationship management and task support.