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Nick Kearns

Lecturer, Enterprise Education in Schools
School of Applied Business
Location: Building 054, Room 002

Professional memberships

NZ Registered Teacher

Business NZ Mentor



Research Interests

R&D Funding for SME product development

Sustainability concepts

Areas of Research

SME perspectives on MoBIE funding application process

Emergent Systems in Sustainability: Sahtouris meets Odum

Teaching Interests

NLP in teaching/learning

Hobbies/Other Interests

Music, swimming


Kearns, N., Wessels, A., & Robertson, C. (2022). Pilot Study on 'Where -to- next' feedback in the New Zealand Diploma of Business. MIT - Unitec Research Sympoium, Auckland New Zealand. Online.

Mirzaei, M., Ranganathan, S., & Kearns, N. (2021). A Qualitative Analysis of managing change when adopting new technology in the retail sector in New Zealand. 21st International Business Horizon-INBUSH ERA-2021 ADMAA Virtual International Research Conference, online.

Kearns, N., Mirzaei, M., Stewart, J., Malhotra, M., & Harald, L. (2020). Reflections on the rapid transition to online delivery during the COVID19 lockdown. Unitec Research Symposium, Unitec, Auckland.

Ayling, D., Hebblethwaite, D., & Kearns, N. (2020). One degree to rule them all: responding to the opportunity of Te Pukenga. Unitec Research Symposium, Unitec, Auckland.

Mirzaei, M., Kearns, N., & Vellore, S. (2019). Resistance to change can improve change management. New Zealand Applied Business Education, Christchurch - New Zealand.

Mirzaei, M., Ranganathan, S., Kearns, N., Airehrour, D., & Etemaddar, M. (2019). Investigating Challenges to SME deployment of Operational Business Intelligence - CCse Study of the New Zealand Retail Sector. 12th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing Companion (UCC), Auckland.

Kearns, N. B. F., & Beale, W. J. (2015). Show me the Money: Perspectives on Applying for Government Research and Development Co-funding. Auckland, New Zealand, Occasional and Discussion Paper Series (Vol. Unitec ePress).

Kearns, N. B. F., & Hays, J. M. (2015). Student teams: Promises, problems and Paradoxes. National Tertiary Learning And Teaching Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Kearns, N. (2015). Innovation - It's not rocket science - or is it? New Zealand Exporter Magazine. New Zealand Exporter Magazine (Vol. Online).

Kearns, N. B. F., and Beale, W.J. (2014). The experience of high value manufacturing & services (HVMS) small to medium enterprises (SME) when applying for government research & development funding. Auckland, Not Published.

Kearns, N.B.F. (2014). Innovation Funding in New Zealand. Unitec Research Symposium, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland.

Kearns, N. B. F., Saifoloi, M., & Mellalieu, P. J. (2014). Introducing Education for Enterprise within island and immigrant Pacific communities: Capacity building lessons from the New Zealand experience. Unitec Pacific Research Symposium, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland.

Mellalieu, P.J., Vause, A., Coleman, E.B., and Kearns, N. (2014). Reducing Youth Disadvantage through Education for Enterprise: A Case study of Nga Kakano School. .

Kearns, Nick (2014). DEMOCATISING INNOVATION. NZ Exporter Nov/Dec (Vol. Nov/Dec 2014).

Kearns, N.B.F., and Beale, W.J. (2014). Risk, Reward, Re-invention & Reality : A review of innovation funding in New Zealand. Unitec ePress (Vol. Unitec ePress).

Oldfield, J., Dassanayake, w., and Kearns, N. (2014). iBus: Perceptions of the rise of mobile learning in a business degree. B. Hegarty, J. McDonald, & S.-K. Loke (Eds.), Rhetoric and Reality: Critical perspectives on educational technology. Proceedings ascilite Dunedin 2014, B. Hegarty, J. McDonald, & S.-K. Loke (Eds.),.

Kearns,, N.B.F. (2011). Young Enterprise Trust in New Zealand: History, Performance and Prospects. 8th AGSE international Entrepreneurship Proceedings.