Themes and Projects

Social Media: Best Practices in Innovative Businesses (2014 - Ongoing)

Social media adoption by big business has increased markedly in recent years but the same is not always so for SMEs. Our latest research project with team members Keri Logan, Barbara Crump, David Brougham and Nazim Taskin will investigate social media use by craft beer and boutique wineries in the greater Wellington, Nelson and Hawke's Bay areas. The aim is to identify social media best.

Digital Divide (2010 - 2014)

Community Computing Conferences (2008-2014)

Wellington e-Engage community conferences were held and evaluated in 2008, 2009 2011 and 2014. Positive responses indicated that capacity building and human capital development occurred. In the latter years the conferences changed format to being “un-conferences” where the format was informal and content decided by participants, facilitated by use of a wiki and on the day, face-to-face communication.

Perceptions of Shared Services by the Not-for-Profit Community (2012)

Collaborated with Wellington City Council and Wellington ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in the development and analysis of perceptions of members of New Zealand’s not-for-profit community. The results provided a snapshot of computing usage within the organisations and identified significant issues challenging the sector. Respondents identified the benefits, barriers and priorities of sharing computing services and nearly 50% believed shared services would be useful. The majority (84% indicated they were willing to pay up to 5% of their overall budget for a shared services arrangement.

Community Computer Initiatives (2001-2009)

Three community projects, variously funded by the government, a multi-national organisation and the Wellington City Council were initiated and evaluated. All had the broad aim of assisting disadvantaged groups to develop ICT skills essential for daily life, extend familial and community relationships, and enhance social and human capital.