Victoria University of Wellington

By October 7, 2015 News, Updates

Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership

  • Newly established Chair in top School of Management
  • Highly accredited Business School
  • New Zealand’s first ranked university for research quality (PBRF 2012)  

Victoria University of Wellington is a vibrant, capital city university, distinguished by its research excellence and strong student-centred ethos. The University draws on the distinctive nature of Wellington as the seat of government, and the financial centre of New Zealand.

Situated directly opposite the Parliament of New Zealand, the Victoria Business School holds the ‘triple crown’ (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) of international accreditations and is seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate as the Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership. The Victoria Business School is currently ranked first amongst New Zealand business schools for the research quality of staff (PBRF 2012). Although the holder of the Brian Picot Chair will contribute to programmes and research across the Business School, they will be located within the School of Management which has areas of expertise in organisation studies, strategic management, operational management, decision science, industrial relations, human resources management and tourism management.

The Chair position has been established due to a growing awareness from organisations of the need to have strong processes and systems around ethical leadership and decision-making. The successful candidate will have a strong practical application and outward focus, providing a sustained and critical mass of expertise, drawing on international research and applying it to the New Zealand business, public sector and community contexts.

The Chair will provide leadership and intellectual counsel on the inclusion of ethical leadership in curriculae across the Business School, as well as developing and presenting relevant executive education courses for professionals from the corporate, public and community sectors. In addition to the traditional academic responsibilities relating to teaching and research, a significant part of this position will include engagement with, and advice to, organisations across all sectors, including guidance on integrity management systems.

The ideal candidate will hold an excellent record of international scholarly achievement in ethical leadership or business ethics, combined with a demonstrated active research agenda and a record of successful engagement with business.

With a relevant PhD, the ideal candidate will be at either the Professor or Associate Professor level and be able to demonstrate a passion for excellence in teaching and research across undergraduate and postgraduate levels, combined with a commitment to an outstanding student experience. Additionally, a successful track record of significantly contributing to strategic initiatives will be viewed favourably.

Bold in thinking and innovative in approach, this role will suit an academic with strong professional and personal credibility, motivation and the ability to successfully create and maintain relationships within the Business School and across the private and public sector. A deep commitment to equity and diversity is essential for this role.

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Applications close Wednesday, 14 October 2015

To apply in confidence, please go to and click “APPLY ONLINE” using reference VUWetl0715 and include your cover letter and full curriculum vitae; or for a private confidential discussion call Mr Andrew Norton +61 3 9016 6000 or Kirsten Henderson on +64 9 282 4240.

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