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Doctoral Colloquium

Thank you to our generous partner

The ANZMAC 2023 Doctoral Colloquium (DC) will be hosted by the University of Otago Business School and will run from Friday 1st to the Sunday 3rd of December immediately prior to the main ANZMAC 2023 conference.

The DC is a forum for doctoral marketing students to meet and discuss their work with both each other and an experienced research panel of discussants. The colloquium will be held in a constructive, collaborative, inclusive and friendly environment. All topics and methodological approaches within the broad field of marketing and consumer behaviour are welcome.


Doctoral students in any year of study are welcome to submit their research but we are keen to provide you with the maximum opportunity for discussion and debate, and for you to receive focused, detailed and constructive feedback on your research from our panels of distinguished research discussants. For this reason, we would ask you to consider how you would benefit most in terms of feedback. More specifically: 


  • Students in the early stages of their PhD may benefit most from feedback on their critical review of the literature, conceptual framing of their study and the development of their research question(s). 


  • Students in the mid-stages of their PhD may benefit most from feedback on their justification for their research design and methodology and how this aligns with their research question(s) and aims. 


  • Finally, students in the final stages of their PhD may value feedback on their preliminary analysis of findings and their articulation of the proposed theoretical contribution of their study.


Doctoral presentations at the colloquium will take place in parallel tracks based on topic areas of study and particular areas of focus (i.e., literature, research design or analysis of findings). In addition to student presentations, there will be faculty presentations designed to help students plan and manage their PhD journey. 


Funding Schemes

There are a number of funding schemes available to assist DC students to attend the Colloquium and Main Conference. Details of these can be found on the submission template

Should you have any questions regarding the Doctoral Colloquium, please feel free to email

ANZMAC23 DC Travel Grant Awards

We are delighted to announce the following students have been awarded ANZMAC23 DC travel grants:


  • Tanya Carlyle- University of Newcastle

  • Ngan Pham- University of Wollongong

  • David Goyeneche- University of Queensland

New Zealand

  • Claire Beach- University of Auckland

  • Thejani Wickrama Hewage- University of Canterbury

  • Chetan Shah- University of Auckland

The Rohan Venkatraman’s Layton Travel Grant Award


We are delighted to announce that the  ANZMAC23 DC Rohan Venkatraman’s Layton Travel Grant has been awarded to Xiaotian Liu of the University of Queensland. 

Volunteer Expression of Interest

We are keen to offer opportunities to our student community to get involved in our conference. These professional development opportunities can be tailored to suit successful applicants’ career interests.

What's in it for you?

Training and support will be provided.

Compensation will be made for your time in the form of a ticket to the ANZMAC conference. This is worth $800, and if you're planning on going to the conference, it's a no brainer. You must volunteer for at least two days to receive full access to the conference.

The conference ticket will grant you access to all the social events; welcome reception and gala dinner. Morning and afternoon teas, and lunches will be provided.


Register your interest to volunteer here.

Our Team

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Tony Garry

Associate Professor


Dr Masoud Karami

PhD lecturer

Associate Professor Tony Garry is the Academic Leader for the Otago MBA and currently delivers the BMBA502 Marketing and BMBA509 Strategic Planning for International Markets papers on the MBA. 

Tony’s main research interests focus on the interface between businesses and emergent technologies and investigates the determinants and consequences of actor engagement, interactivity, and connectivity within online, offline, and emergent contexts. This research encompasses ongoing international collaborations with co-researchers in the UK, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.  These collaborations have resulted in significant research outputs including journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and vimeo video submissions.

Prior to moving into academia, Tony worked in both the public and private sector with organisations as diverse as Hewlett Packard, British Telecom, the Greater London Council (GLC) and Neville Russell accountants. Before the University of Otago, Tony worked for the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) and De Montfort University in the UK.

I am a tenured lecturer in the Department of Marketing with a focus on entrepreneurship and small firms. As an undergraduate at Allameh Tabatabai University in Iran I earned a B.A. in Business Administration, and followed immediately into the Master’s program, earning an M.S. in International Business at the Institute for Education and Research in Management and Planning.

My first two degrees left me with research questions about culture and consumers which needed time and academic guidance to answer, so I joined the doctoral program at the University of Tehran. There I earned my first PhD, with a dissertation focusing on Iranian modern and traditional cultural values and their influence on consumers’ buying behaviours. Enjoying both the academic and practical sides of business, I proceeded to split my time between lecturing at the University of Tehran, and working as a marketing consultant and a sales manager. The combination helped me better understand and appreciate small businesses. At the same time, the experience generated more questions, especially about how small businesses grow and expand internationally.

In 2014 I joined the Marketing department at the University of Otago to pursue my second PhD. My thesis investigated the entrepreneurial internationalisation of SMEs in New Zealand. After graduation, I served as a lecturer and head of research program at Queenstown Resort College in New Zealand from 2017–2020.

The combination of my education and work background continues to motivate my learning about entrepreneurship and small firms, which I consider as change agents for a more sustainable society and economic freedom for individual entrepreneurs. My current research ranges across areas that include entrepreneurial co-creation, entrepreneurial opportunity, effectuation theory, and international entrepreneurship.

DC Program

Doctoral Colloquium Program

Please see below the provisional program for the Doctoral Colloquium. Further details will be provided as they are finalised. 

Friday 1 December

4:30pm NZDT

5:30pm - 6:30pm NZDT

6:30pm NZDT

Registration opens

Welcome and Keynote Speaker


Saturday 2 December

9:00am - 10:00am NZDT

10:30am - 11:00am NZDT

11:00am - 12:30pm NZDT

12:30pm - 1:30pm NZDT

1:30pm - 3:00pm NZDT

3:00pm - 3:30pm NZDT

3:30pm - 5:00pm NZDT

Student Presentations

Morning Tea and Coffee

Parallel Workshops - Details to follow


Student Presentations

Afternoon Tea and Coffee

Plenary Panel Discussion: What I wish I knew about writing journal articles before writing my first journal article.

Sunday 3 December

9:00am - 10:30am NZDT

10:30am - 11:00am NZDT

11:00am - 12:30pm NZDT

12:30pm - 1:30pm NZDT

1:30pm - 3:00pm NZDT

3:00pm - 3:30pm NZDT

3:30pm - 5:00pm NZDT

6:30pm NZDT

Student Presentations

Morning Tea and Coffee

Plenary Panel Discussion: How I go about examining a doctoral thesis, the questions I ask myself and what I look for. 


Student Presentations

Afternoon Tea and Coffee

Plenary: "Lions and Mice: Finding your academic voice". 

This session will help students identify ways to engage in academia and share their academic knowledge. 

Colloquium Dinner for all DC students and discussants 

St Margarets College, University of Otago

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