Associate Professor Deborah Jones

Adjunct Professor
School of Management


Kia ora. I am interested in critical and interdisciplinary work which links organisational studies to cultural studies. I encourage students to take a critical view of management knowledge, and to develop new ways to think about work and organizations, especially in terms of ethics and social change. Before becoming an academic I worked in the public service in industrial relations, editing, writing and in communications; I went on to become self-employed and to work as a community educator.


BA, MA (Hons) English Language and Literature (Victoria University of Wellington), PhD Management Studies (Waikato).

Research interests

I am an Associate of the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work, and a member of the Identities network and the Social Movements network.

  • Creative industries, especially the New Zealand film industry;
  • Identity and work, especially gender and ethnicity;
  • Critical Management Studies (challenges to management theory and practice based on critical theory and a commitment to social change);
  • Organizations and ethics in social context;
  • Qualitative research methodology especially discourse analysis.

Potential postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising innovative qualitative research on any aspect of my research interests, which centre on working lives in their social contexts. These include work in the creative industries, especially film; and work in relation to aspects of identity such as gender, ethnicity/race, sexuality, nationality and age.

Currently Deborah is supervising PhD students Avigail Maggeni, and Erin Roxburgh-Makea

Selected publications

Reilly, A., Jones, D., Rey Vasquez, C., & Krisjanous, J. (2016). Confronting gender inequality in a business school. Higher Education Research & Development, 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1138453

Jones, D., Prichard, C. & Sewall, G. (2016). Australia and New Zealand: Drawn together yet worlds apart? In C. Grey, I. Huault, V. Perret, V., & L. Taskin (Eds.), Critical Management Studies: Global Voices, Local Accents (pp. 1-20). Routledge.

Jones, D., & Pringle, J. K. (2015). Unmanageable inequalities: sexism in the film industry. The Sociological Review, 63(S1), 37-49.

Sayers, J. G., & Jones, D. (2014). Fifty shades of outrage: women’s collective online action, embodiment and emotions. Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 24(4), 272-285.

Sayers, J. G., & Jones, D. (2014). Truth scribbled in blood: Women's work, menstruation and poetry. Gender, Work & Organization, 22(2), 94-111.

Retna, K. S., & Jones, D. (2013). The “learning organisation” and Singapore culture. The Learning Organization 20(4/5), 338-351.

Riad, S., & Jones, D. (2013). Invoking ‘Black Athena’ and its debates: Insights for organization on diversity, race and culture. Journal of Management History, 19(3), 394-415.

Jones, D. & Creed, D. (2011). Your basket and my basket: teaching and learning about Maori-Pākehā Bicultural Organizing. Journal of Management Education, 35 (1), 84-101.

Boon, B., Jones, D.& Curnow, B. (2009).Out of the Blue: the dark side of creative enterprise. Culture and Organization, 15 (3 & 4), 361–377.

Jones, D. & Torrie R. (2009). Entering the twilight zone: the local complexities of pay and employment equity in New Zealand. Gender, Work and Organization, 16 (1), 559-578.

Jones, D. (2008) ‘Ring Leader’: Peter Jackson as 'creative industries' hero. In Sean Cubitt, Thierry Jutel, Barry King & Harriet Margolis, (Eds.). Studying the Event Film: The Lord of the Rings (pp. 93-99).Manchester:Manchester University Press.

Jones, D. (2007). Change agents, double agents, secret agents: EEO in New Zealand. Equal Opportunities International, 26 (5) (2007), 387-401.

Jones, D. & Smith, K. (2005). Middle-earth meets New Zealand: Authenticity and location in the making of The Lord of The Rings, Journal of Management Studies, 42 (5), 923-945.

Jones, D., (2005). Spot the Difference: Discourse in Organizational Communication, Organization Studies, and Workplace Sociolinguistics. Management Communication Quarterly, 19 (2),288-298.

Jones, D. (2004). Screwing diversity out of the workers?: Reading diversity. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 17 (30), 281-291.

Jones, D., Pringle, J., & Shepherd, D. (2000). Managing Diversity Meets Aotearoa/New Zealand. Personnel Review, 29 (3), 364-380.

Jones, D. (1997) 'The whānau/support interview: A New Zealand contribution to cultural diversity, Employee Relations, 19 (4), 321-336.