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Drucker Students draw on New Zealand’s unique business context

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“Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker

When students from the influential Drucker School of Management School come calling to New Zealand, the challenge is to provide an experience that is unparalleled and makes a lasting difference.

This May, the Executive Education team at the Business School hosted students and alumni from the Drucker School of Management for a week-long global immersion programme. By showcasing the uniqueness of New Zealand, the cohort learnt how a small, distant, export-driven economy competes in the Asia-Pacific region.

A number of robust discussions were facilitated by business school academics and industry experts covering diverse themes from healthcare, sustainable farming and fishing to innovation and entrepreneurship. Their itinerary included visits to Gallagher’s, Sanford, IceHouse, Villa Maria and even a guided tour of Hobbiton!

What made a lasting impression on these students was the friendly kiwi business culture coupled with the influence of Māori culture. Professor Chellie Spiller from the Waikato Management School struck a chord as she enlightened the group about the ethos of “wayfinding leadership”. One student perfectly captured the essence of wayfinding leadership- that being “leadership is about the journey rather than the destination.”

All of the participants in this year’s visit enjoyed an engaging, thought-provoking and enjoyable week of activities. The programme ended on a high with Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria talking about the global growth of one of the world’s most admired wine brands and yes, there was plenty to appreciate!

“This was my third trip with the school and absolutely the best,” commented a participant from the cohort. We were indeed delighted to share our world with the Drucker delegation. As the wayfinders would say “He waka eke noa” orwe are all in this together.”



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