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Robert Shaw
2017-07-25 10:30  

Personal Information

Gender: Male

Birthday: 10 November 1948

Nationality: New Zealand

Research Interests:

Business research methodology, business ethics, philosophy of management, management education, critical management theory, phenomenology of management and governance, philosophy of science and philosophy of technology.

Courses Taught

Master: Business Ethics, Business Research Methods

Bachelor: Business Communications

Educational History

Doctor of Philosophy,  University of Auckland

Master of Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellington

Master of Philosophy (1st Class Hons), University of Auckland

Bachelor of Science, University of Auckland

Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland



Consultant:  Ecological Research Associates of New Zealand.

Government Advisor: New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, New Zealand State Services Commission

University educator: Massey University, University of Southern Queensland, Victoria University of Wellington, Glasgow University, University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

Elected Official (Governance):  Wellington Regional Council, Porirua City Council, Porirua Licensing Trust, The Council of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, The Board of the National Observatory of New Zealand.

Research Outputs

Representative Research Publications:

Shaw, R.K. (2012) The implication for science education of Heidegger’s philosophy of science. Educational Philosophy & Theory). DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00836.x.

Shaw, R.K. (2012) Book review: ‘The Virtues of Openness: Education, Science, and Scholarship in the Digital Age’, by Michael Peters & Peter Roberts Journal of Management and Organization, accepted 16 April, 2012


Shaw, R.K. (2012) Book review: ‘Toward Assessing Business Ethics Education’, edited by Diane L. Swanson, & Dann G. Fisher. Journal of Management and Organisation, http://jmo.e-contentmanagement.com/book-reviews/review/1202/-toward-assessing-business-ethics-education.

Shaw, R.K. (2012) Truth and Science Education. New Zealand Association of Science Educators’ Conference (SciCon). Auckland, 1 July 2012.

           Available at http://shaw.org.nz/SciCon2012.pdf

Shaw, R.K., Dun-Hou Tsai, S., & Amjadi, M (2011) The Ontology of Entrepreneurship: A Heideggerian perspective. Twenty-fifth Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Wellington, 7-9 December 2011.

Malik, A. & Shaw, R.K. (2011) The phenomenology of union decision-making: A new way to enquire into reality. Twenty-fifth Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Wellington, 7-9 December 2011.

Shaw, R.K. (2011) Understanding Public Organisations: Collective Intentionality as Cooperation. Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, Auckland, 7 December 2011. Available at http://philpapers.org/profile/21840

Shaw, R.K. (2011) The Re-Formation of Business Education. New Zealand Business Education conference, Nelson, 11 October 2011. Available at http://shaw.org.nz/BusinessEducation.pdf

           Award: Best Refereed Paper in the Conference.

McNally B. & Shaw, R.K. (2011) Distal Emergency Management: The Wellington Regional Response to the Christchurch Emergency, 2011. Twenty-fifth Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management,
Wellington, 7 December 2011.

Shaw, R.K. (2011) The nature of democratic decision-making and the democratic panacea. Policy Futures in Education (Special Issue: The Council of Europe’s White Paper), 9 (1), 123-129 . Available as doi:10.2304/pfie.2011.9.1.123

Shaw, R.K. (2011) Review of ‘Heidegger’s Technologies: Postphenomenological Perspectives’, by Don Ihde.  Educational Philosophy & Theory, 44, 782

doi: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00782.x.

Shaw, R.K. (2011) Intercultural Provocation in Education Challenges Democracy. Chapter 25 in Interculturalism, Education and Dialogue, A.C. Besley & M. A. Peters (Eds.). New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Shaw, R. K. (2011) Heidegger’s Hermeneutic Method in Tertiary Education. In Fowler, Pip, Strongman, Luke & Kobeleva, Polly (Eds) Writing the Future. Wellington: Tertiary Writing Network, Victoria University of Wellington.


Shaw, R.K. (2010) The nature of science in schools. New Zealand Science Teacher, 125, 45-46.

Shaw, R.K. (2010) The violence in learning. Analysis and Metaphysics, 9, 76-100

Shaw, R.K. (2010) The hermeneutic method in tertiary education. Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium, Victoria University of Wellington, 2 December 2010.

Shaw, R.K. (2010) Husserl’s Phenomenological Method in Management. Twenty-forth Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Adelaide, 10 December, 2010. Available at http://shaw.org.nz/Heideggers%20hermeneutic%20method.pdf

Shaw, R.K. (2010) The Governance of Curriculum and the Plight of Maori.

Consultancy Projects

2012       NgāPae o teMāramatanga:

                    Application for a project on indigenous decision-making

                    in education, $0.5 M. (Co-applicant, The New Zealand

Māori Language Commissioner)

2005–2009   National Observatory of New Zealand:

                    Pedagogy and curriculum projects

Various Licensing Trusts, $200,000

2007       National Observatory of New Zealand:

                    Curriculum projects, New Zealand Community Trust, $70,000

2007       Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia:Scholarship, $10,000


Teacher Reflection in Science Education

2005       The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand:

                    Contestable Research Fund, Decision-Making

                    Skills Development Project, $75,000

1991-1993      Ministry of Research Science and Technology:

Science management and education, various projects

1989-1991      Ministry of Education:

                    Management of the contract research fund

Projects in five universities, $1.3M

1986       New Zealand State Services Commission:

                    Executive Skills Project, $0.5M

                    Management of project teams and evaluators

1980       University of Southern Queensland:

                    Contestable Research Fund: Learning Styles and Pupil

                     Progress, $30,000

Queensland replication of a British study

1979       Claremont Teachers College, Perth:

                    Contestable Fund: Student teacher employment, $20,000

Awards & others


      Educational Philosophy & Theory

Editorial Consultant

(A* journal ERA)

      Educational Philosophy &Theory, Special Issue:

 The Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science & Science Education

Invited Guest Editor

New Zealand Science Teacher

 Member of the Governance Committee


Philosophy of Management

Editorial Board Member

Journal of Management & Organisation


(B journal ERA)

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Working Papers Series


      PhilPapers: Online Research in Philosophy

Editor (Social Ontology/Institutions/Schools)


      Astronomy Aotearoa Student & Teacher Website



Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)

 Reviewer Panel Member



2009–2012     New Zealand Association of Science Educators

                    Scholarship manager


Website manager

2011              School of Education, University of Waikato:

Invited presentation to the inaugural conference of the

History, Philosophy and Social Theory in Education

Research Network, 12 December 2011.

Available at http://shaw.org.nz/WaikatoScienceEducationPresentation.pdf

2011              New Zealand Business EducationConference:

Award:Best refereed paper

Available at


2004–2010     National Observatory of New Zealand:


                    Teacher In-Service Education Courses

                    Lecturer on pedagogy and the science curriculum

                    Courses for primary and secondary school teachers

2005–2009     Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia:


Wellington Branch Convenor

Website Manager

2005–2009        The National Observatory of New Zealand:

Manager of teacher in-service courses

2009              The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand:

Exceptional Adult Educator Award,

He TangataMātauranga

2008                 Book Publishers Association of New Zealand:

Award for the best secondary school textbook,

Astronomy Aotearoa

1998–2008     Tawa College, Wellington:

Community Education tutor,

2007              Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia:

Conference organiser

Te Papa Tongarewa (National Museum), Wellington

2007              Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia:

Doctoral scholarship ($10,000AUD)


1993–2006     Ecological Research Associates Incorporated:


2006              University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana:

Invited Visiting Professor

2005              Exceptional Adult Educator Award, He TangataMātauranga,

Adult & Community Education Sector, Wellington

2001–2004     Aotea College,Wellington:

Memberof the Board of Trustees

Policy Committee Chairperson

2001                 Wellington Regional Council:

Mark of Respect award

2001              Measuring Public Sector Performance conference:

                            Invited chairperson and speaker

                            Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington

2000              Exceptional Teacher Award, Adult & Community Education Sector

1998–2004     National Observatory of New Zealand (Carter Observatory):

Appointed to the Board by the Minister of Science

Principal of a specialist school

2003              Glasgow University:

Invited Visiting Professor

1998–2001     Wellington Regional Land Transport Strategy Committee:

Appointed Member

1998–2000     The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand:

Member of the Governance Council

Audit Committee

Degree Accreditation Committee


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