People need to know their work is making a difference. Finding meaning in what we do is an integral part of being human and has a profound impact on work behaviour. As a world expert in the field of meaningful work, Professor Marjolein Lips-Wiersma’s research is used by organisations in a range of industries to address that crucial question and to create and maintain meaningfulness in the workplace.
Professor Lips-Wiersma is Professor of Ethics and Sustainability Leadership at AUT, and heads-up the Sustainable Enterprise major. This popular, outward-looking programme was a 2015 finalist in the Sustainable Business Network Mega-Innovation awards and attracts students across multiple disciplines and from countries around the world. She is extremely proud of the “wonderful team of passionate and highly skilled educators” working on this Major and offering students practical tools as well as world-leading thinking on how to create businesses that integrate economic, social and environmental priorities. She is also a member of the University Sustainability Taskforce and heads the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative in the AUT Business School.
Prior to her appointment at AUT, Professor Lips-Wiersma was at Canterbury University’s Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She has taught organisational behaviour, ethics, sustainability, responsible leadership, career management and qualitative research methods at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA levels - and has successfully supervised honours, masters and doctoral candidates in these areas.
When she’s not teaching, Professor Lips-Wiersma continues her research into the behavioural aspects of ethics and sustainability, with a particular focus on employee engagement in environmental and social sustainability, and new organisational forms (beyond hierarchical management structures) in commercial and community organisations. Her work also explores responsible leadership and the hard and soft prerequisites to meaningful work.
She is a popular speaker and presenter, and is widely published in journals including the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, Group & Organization Management, the Journal of Management Inquiry, and the Journal of Business Ethics. She is also a member of several editorial boards and has won a number of awards for her academic work.
Outside of AUT, Professor Lips-Wiersma is the co-director of the Map of Meaning International, a charity that works internationally to create work worth doing, a life worth living, and organisations worth having. She also takes great pleasure in giving second-hand furniture a new lease of life with a little deft redecorating, enjoys the occasional game of tennis and (when she can encourage her family along) taking long walks in the bush.
Professor Lips-Wiersma's extended academic profile
Last updated: 19-Sep-2016 3.46pm
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