I am a teacher and lecturer at the University of Auckland, where my main teaching and research activity is in the field of strategy. I am particularly interested in Strategy-as-practice a practice based view of strategy, Professional service firms, especially engineering firms, and Innovation as strategy, especially technology roadmapping (TRM). My consulting activity is focused on strategy for high-technology firms. I my spare time, I can be found enjoying running, and drinking coffee. [more]


Research and Study Leave
Management in dynamic contexts (MGMT 300)
Strategic Management (BUSINESS 304)


  • Smith, P., Callagher, L. J., & Siedlok, F. (2015). Risk and innovation in projects: The case of alliancing. Paper presented at In ISPIM Innovation Summit: Changing the innovation landscape. Brisbane, AU. AbstractPDF
  • Callagher, L. J., Smith, P., & Ruscoe, S. (2015). Government roles in venture capital development: A review of current literature. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. AbstractPDF
  • Smith, P. (2015). Advancing software engineering: Technology roadmapping in Management 716, Computer Science 704 and Software Engineering 711. In Reflections on rethinking the classroom: Interactive teaching and learning (pp. 24–28). Auckland: The University of Auckland. Abstract
  • Breidbach, C. F., Smith, P., & Callagher, L. J. (2013). Advancing innovation in professional service firms: Insights from the service-dominant logic. Service Science, 5(3), 263–275. AbstractPDF


For those who know me, it my come as a little surprise that I do some quantitative based research and that my weapon of choice is R. Over the past couple of days, I have been analysing some data about the performance of students in courses. To start with, I have used correlations to get a feel for what relationships might exist. I was having a problem with corrplot and corrplot. [more]
Today is spring graduation here at the University of Auckland. I always enjoy graduation, as it is a chance to celebrate the success of our students; and to be reminded of the students I have taught. It is great to see them walk across the stage. This ceremony was different for me, as today I received my University Teaching Excellence award for Innovation in Teaching. One of my students, Jessica C-B, read a citation summarising her view of my impact on her learning. [more]
The final step in much (most/all) research is writing up the research for some sort of publication. For me, this usually means writing a journal article or a conference paper. I have noted elsewhere about the power of the forty-paragraphs structure in putting together a journal article. But there is much more to getting ones work published. So, I was delighted to find Charlotte Cloutier’s excellent site Project Scribe. There are a raft of resources here; mainly interviews with editors, authors, and reviewers in the academic world of ‘organizational studies’. [more]