CPIT’s new ‘doctors’ encourage postgraduate study

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29 Apr 2013

CPIT’s Department of Business has two new doctors in its ranks; Lecturers Dr Eldrede Kahiya and Dr Julia Wu received their PhD’s from Lincoln University on Friday 12 April.

Keeping at the forefront of knowledge in the world of business is important and both Julia and Eldrede commented on how education at a PhD level has enhanced their teaching. They want to encourage students who are thinking about postgraduate study to go for it, particularly as the Canterbury rebuild and recovery kicks into gear.

“The rebuild creates opportunities. If you have a passion for research and for helping Canterbury based small and medium sized enterprises regain their footing, now is the time to pursue business study at a higher level,” CPIT International Marketing Lecturer Dr Kahiya says.

“In the era of big data, analytical skills and an eye for quality research are an advantage. Individuals who know what they are looking for, where to find it and ways to use it are always sought after in business, both nationally and internationally,” he says.

Lecturers Dr Eldrede Kahiya and Dr Julia Wu from CPIT's Department of Business graduate with their PhDs.

Dr Kahiya’s research examined how New Zealand exporters viewed barriers to exporting and how their perceptions have changed in the past 15 years. He found that while new technologies have expanded export opportunities, resource and regulatory constraints are stifling export development.

His findings highlight why keeping up to date is so important in the business world and his PhD is helping him to further motivate students to pursue research.

“Students need to get excited about being inquisitive. I want students to get into the mind-set of looking for resources to answer questions. The answers are always changing as new technologies and other factors come into play,” he says.

CPIT Accounting Lecturer Dr Wu also wants to inspire business students to keep “at the front of the line” when carrying out research for their degrees. 

Her PhD research focussed on the function of audit committees, their members and their effectiveness as part of best-practice corporate governance. She wanted to question and challenge the normal expectations of organisations towards audit commitees. She says that students need to challenge the standards in their research too. 

“Doing a PhD pushes you to stand up front and keeps you current in your teaching. I get to see students at the start of their journey and teach them to research and learn on the leading edge. It’s amazing to watch them grow and graduate each year,” she says.