Dr. Suzanne Grant
PG Dip TT., BMS (Hons), MMS (Dist) &PhD

Expertise/Foci: Social Sciences, Research in Business and Education


Suzanne Grant completed her PhD "A paradox in action? A critical analysis of an appreciative inquiry" at the University of Waikato in 2006, with the conceptual development of critical appreciative processes (CAPS) informing several subsequent research projects and supervisions. Her research interests include the areas of social enterprise (SE), community/not for profit organisations, and organisation behaviour, and she is a current member of the Social Enterprise Journal Editorial Board. She has a particular interest and research strength in transformative methodologies encompassing action research and critical theory perspectives. Suzanne has completed local research and international collaborative projects, supervised five PhD's and examined two PhDs for University of Auckland and one for Victoria University of Wellington. In 2014 she co-edited Social entrepreneurship and enterprise: Concepts in context" with Dr Heather Douglas. Other recent research projects include, Social entrepreneurial ecosystems, SE/CSR overlap, the ICSEM (international social enterprise mapping) project, critical consideration of SE through the work of Polanyi, and critical management practice for SE managers. Her 2017 paper in Social Enterprise Journal "Social enterprise in New Zealand: An overview" was awarded the Emerald Literati 2018 Highly Commended Award from Emerald Publishing. At a professional/empirical level Suzanne bring specific expertise working collaboratively with community organisations.
Samples of publications/research
1. Roy, M.; Grant, S.L (in progress) "The importance of Karl Polanyi and social enterprise and social entrepreneurship scholarship".

2. Grant, S.L: Palakshappa, N. (2018) "Exploring the SE/CSR overlap: The mainstreaming of fair trade" International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 23 (3) DOI: 10.1002/nvsm.1625

3. Ridley-Duff, R.; Grant, S.L (2017) "Asset-based co-operative management: OPERA as a form of critical appreciation" Journal of Cooperative Studies, 50 (2), Autumn 2017, 29-44

4. Grant, S.L (2017) Social enterprise in New Zealand - an overview", Social Enterprise Journal, 13 (4), pp.410-426, https://doi.org/10.1108/SEJ-09-2017-0046

5. Palakshappa, N.; Grant, S.L (2017) "Social Enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility: Towards a deeper understanding of the links and overlaps" International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. (Special Issue) https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-05-2016-0131

6. Douglas, H.; Grant, S.L. (2014) Social entrepreneurship and enterprise: Concepts in context" Tilde University Press, Melbourne, Australia.

7. Grant, S. L. (2012) "Enhancing community policing through critical appreciative processes" AI Practitioner, International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry – Special Issue, 14 (3), 21-25