• Business research translation competition


    showing the relevance, robustness and usefulness of business research


Business Research Translation Competition

Business school research is often criticised for being irrelevant to the real world. Governments and funding agencies the world over have been calling for academics to demonstrate their research impact and return on public investment.

Since 2014, Massey Business School has run an annual Research Translation Competition for its staff. The purpose is to promote the relevance, robustness, and usefulness of business school research to business and public stakeholders.  The aim is also to enhance staff skills and confidence in communicating their research to wider, non-specialist audiences. 'Translation’ in this context means re-writing an existing paper for a non-specialist audience, business or public, in a lay and jargon-free language.

In 2018 the Research Translation Competition was opened up to New Zealand institutions and Business Schools.

2018 winners

Massey Business School’s Professor Christoph Schumacher has won the 2018 Research Translation Competition for his summary of an academic paper about healthcare funding in New Zealand. The annual Massey Business School competition, which asks academics to explain their research in simple terms, was opened to all New Zealand business schools for the first time this year. Professor Schumacher’s article explained New Zealand’s complex system for funding district health boards based on the demographic characteristics and size of the population in each district.

A total of 35 entries from eight tertiary institutions were entered in this competition and the other prize winners were: Professor Ben Marshall (Massey Business School) second place for paper entitled: ‘What influences retirement savings decisions the most?’ Dr Rachel Morrison (AUT) third place for paper entitled: ‘Hell is other people’ Dr Joya Kemper (University of Auckland) Early Career Researcher Award for a paper entitled: ‘Fighting Obesity: The need for changing food culture and regulation’

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