Magazine article New Zealand Management

As I See It

Magazine article New Zealand Management

As I See It

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Matt Ensor, section manager of the Beca Transportation Group. Part of Beca Infrastructure, Beca Transportation Group, won the Private Sector Diversity Award at this year's EEO awards. Beca Transportation employs 44 people in its Auckland office.

How would you describe the New Zealand identity?

I think we still retain a strong sense of who we are as New Zealanders. At the same time, we are steadily increasing our ability to operate internationally. In part this is because New Zealanders are now made up of people with backgrounds from all parts of the world, and this multiculturalism gives us the knowledge and understanding we need to contribute effectively within a global culture and workplace. Global issues are also increasingly influencing the way we think as New Zealanders, particularly at work, including how, global environmental issues impact on what we do and how we act and the increasing importance of developing nations as customers for our goods and services.

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What will be our next major challenge?

For export-focused organisations, it'll be the realisation that we need to move from relying heavily on Kiwi ingenuity to focusing on building our international competitive advantage by fostering innovation and creativity within dynamic and diverse teams--particularly ones that are well connected to India and China. …

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