Crunching numbers

12 October 2016

For those who know me, it my come as a little suprise that I do some quantative based research and that my weapon of choice is R. Over the past couple of days, I have been analysising 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.mixed and in working my way through the problem I came across this page by Keirna Healy and his paper on Data visualization in sociology.

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Project Scribe

8 June 2016

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’.

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Today, I was lucky enough to attend a session of MOWW (Montreal Organizations Writing Workshop) at HEC Montreal. The session comprises of reviewing two papers that have been either rejected or, as was the case today, had R&Rs. Mike Pratt from Boston College (who is an editor for ASQ) was also here and provided some valuable feedback. Coming out of the session were a few lessons that I wanted to capture.

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Recent Publications

  • 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. Abstract  pdf
  • 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. Abstract  pdf
  • 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  pdf
  • 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. Abstract  pdf

Current Teaching


I am lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School, where I teach strategic managment. My research interests are revolve around strategic management in professional services firms. Nothing here is in any way endorsed by the University of Auckland.



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