An inaugural professorial lecture is a university’s way of officially introducing a professor to the academic community. These are important events in the academic calendar so it is with great pride that I invite you to hear the inaugural lecture by Darl Kolb, Professor of Connectivity.
Connectivity isn’t everything (but it’s almost everything)
Connectivity underpins almost every aspect of contemporary life. From toddlers with tablets and texting teens to smartphone addicts and the internet of things, we are increasingly able to be connected anytime/anywhere. But, ubiquitous and near-constant connectivity also comes with a price of fragmented attention, blurred work/non-work boundaries, and even (ironically) social isolation.
The democratisation of information and media is shifting power to the consumer of everything from hotels to hospitals, amidst unprecedented threats to privacy and security. Moreover, digitisation, automation and machine-to-machine connectivity are changing work and organisations, and disrupting extant business models. Socio-technical theories have explained the interaction between humans and machines in the past, but we need new ways to think about information and computing tools that literally go with us everywhere we go.
The conceptual and practical challenges are great, but increasing connectivity also brings extraordinary opportunities for news ways of working, innovative business models that can succeed from anywhere, and enhanced personal performance and well-being.
Professor Darl Kolb
Professor Kolb is one of the first foundation professors in the Graduate School of Management (GSM) and the first Professor of Connectivity in the world. He has been defining, theorising and empirically exploring connectivity for 15 years, having written articles on the metaphor of connectivity, requisite connectivity and states of connectivity. His field research has looked at connectivity in globally distributed teams and how smartphone users manage “media flow”.
Prior to joining the GSM, Professor Kolb was a member of the Department of Management and International Business for 20 years, during which time he received several distinguished awards for excellence and innovation in teaching. Outside the Business School, he has worked with hundreds of small to medium-sized New Zealand businesses through The Icehouse growth programmes.
Prior to his academic career, Professor Kolb spent ten years as an experiential education instructor, facilitator and leader with the Colorado Outward Bound School and the Santa Fe Mountain Center.
As an academic, he has held visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney and the University of Cambridge, where he is a Life Member of Clare Hall. He holds a bachelors degree in Sociology from Illinois State University, a masters degree in Experiential Education from the University of Colorado/Boulder, and a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from Cornell University.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Professor Greg Whittred
The University of Auckland
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
Followed by networking and refreshments
The University of Auckland Business School
Decima Glenn Room, Level 3, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland
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