Seminar and workshop series with Professor Michael Austin

Professor Michael J Austin

Social sector colleagues are invited to attend a series of free workshops and seminars with Visiting Professor Mike J Austin from the University of California Berkeley.


What can leaders of non-profit and for-profit organisations learn from each other?

Wednesday 15 March | 6 - 8pm | Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, City Campus | Co-hosted with the Business School

This presentation focuses on two domains that reflect the contributions of the for-profit and non-profit sectors as viewed from the United States perspective. Building upon shared learning, several shared challenges are identified for attendees to consider the practice and research implications. This seminar would appeal to those researching and/or practising in both for-profit and not-for-profit leadership.

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Who has time for practice research and who cares anyway?

Friday 17 March | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Kohia Centre, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Avenue, Auckland
Free parking available at Gate 2, 76 Epsom Avenue

The Community Action Research and Evaluation (CARE) Network in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work will host Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management Michael Austin from the University of California Berkeley in an interactive workshop on practice research. Workshop participants will learn about three different models of practice research and have the opportunity to reflect on the application of these models in their own contexts. This workshop would appeal to those with an interest in practice-based research in a range of not-for-profit, health and social care organisations.

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Successful transitions in not-for-profit leadership: From client to organisation to community-centred leadership

Monday 20 March | 2 - 4pm | Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, City Campus | Co-hosted with the New Zealand Leadership Institute

This workshop is for both new and experienced in not-for-profit sector leadership who are committed to developing their leadership repertoire and orientating their leadership to larger questions and larger spheres to pursue greater community and societal impact.

Successful not-for-profit leadership relies on repeated profound personal, professional and organizational transformation and learning in, not only the tasks and activities associated with such leadership, but mindset, identity and relationships.  The overall transition is from a position of independence (own client and organisation's interests) to interdependence (awareness of larger system with competing agendas and multiple stakeholders).

This workshop will help not-for profit leaders understand and develop a set of mindset, identity and relationship strategies for the transitions involved in developing a larger systems leadership orientation.

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About Professor Michael J Austin

Professor Austin is the Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management and director of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in Human Services at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. He is the former dean of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work. His areas of research include the social psychology of organisational role taking, building organisational knowledge-sharing systems to support evidence informed practice, and expanding the methodologies of practice research.

His publications reflect a long-standing interest in the management of non-profit and public sector organisations. He is the author or co-author of 20 books, over 100 articles and numerous reports. He serves as editor of Human Service Organizations; Management, Leadership and Governance. He recently published a Mack Center research report on pioneering non-profit human service organisations (Organizational Histories of Nonprofit Human Service Organizations, Routledge, 2013). His work on management practice includes Supervision as Collaboration in the Human Services: Building a Learning Culture. Sage Publications, 2004 (with K. Hopkins) and Managing the Challenges in Human Service Organizations: A Casebook, Sage Publications, 2009 (with R Brody and T Packard). His most recent publication is Social Justice and Social Work: Rediscovering a Core Value of the Profession (Sage, 2014).