Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH: Listening to All Voices Is Vital

Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH: Listening to All Voices Is Vital

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The big high-profile issues of our time Co A genetic modification, global warming, trade globalisation Co tend to be dominated by powerful government and industry lobby groups. Often the voices of smaller, less powerful Co but no less important Co groups get lost in all the shouting.

Waikato Management School researcher Alison Henderson has set herself the task of teasing out these different voices and her work in this area has won her the 2008 DeanCOs Award for Outstanding Emerging Scholar.

C[pounds sterling]ICOm humbled by the award,C[yen] says Henderson, who lectures in management communication. C[pounds sterling]I want to acknowledge the amazing support ICOve had from all my colleagues at the school. You donCOt get an award like this by yourself Co no way!C[yen]

Her doctoral research looked at how the kiwifruit and dairy industries positioned themselves on the GM issue at the time of the 2001 Royal Commission. C[pounds sterling]It was a huge issue at the time,C[yen] she says. C[pounds sterling]I was interested in how new technologies were being taken up without sufficient consideration of the social and environmental impact they would have. …

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