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Professor Martina Battisti

Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Martina Battisti


Martina is a Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Business and Law, having previously led the New Zealand Centre for SME Research at Massey University. She is also currently Visiting Professor at Innsbruck University.

Martina has undertaken commissioned research and consultancy for a number of government agencies around the world including Austria, New Zealand and the OECD. From 2007 to 2011, she has led, the first longitudinal survey of SMEs in New Zealand which has created a body of theoretical knowledge with implications for policy and practice. Martina is currently Co-Editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. In the past she served on the board of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), the Small Enterprise Association Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) as well as a number of government advisory boards. Martina is experienced in organising national and international conferences for an academic as well as practitioner and policy audience. Her professional background provides her with relevant small business and startup experience and she regularly assists start-ups as a mentor.

Research Interests

Martina’s research is centred on small business management and entrepreneurship and she has published in leading journals in her field. Martina is particularly interested in the factors that contribute to business growth and innovation and the role of policy and support programmes.

Current areas of work include:

innovation, social entrepreneurship, growth and sustainable development, management capability, internationlisation.

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