Wellbeing and Performance Research Group

About this groupWellbeing research group

Led by Dr Marcus Ho, the Wellbeing and Performance Research Group is a network of diverse researchers and industry practitioners relating to people's wellbeing and performance at work. It brings together research, scholarship and expertise on wellbeing and performance at work and builds on the growth in academic research and service development in this area. The group is working to establish itself as a leading multidisciplinary, innovative and evidence-based consultancy group in the field.


Marcus Ho (Lead Researcher)Adnan Khan Anne Messervy
Barbara McKenzie-GreenBarbara MyersBen Kenobi
BeomCheol (Peter) KimCandice HarrisCharles Crothers
Clare GeorgeCoral IngleyDiep Nguyen
Erica HincksonFelicity LammGail Pacheco
Gaye GreenwoodGayle MorrisHelena Cooper-Thomas
Jarrod HaarKaren LoKatherine Ravenswood
Kirk ReedMark Le FevreNancy McIntyre
Nicola NaismithRachel MorrisonRebecca Jarden
Ross MilneRoy SmollanSean Kimpton
Smita SinghSue YongStephanie Rossouw
Thushini JayawardenaTrish CornerValerie Wright-St Clair
Wendy WrapsonFiona HurdPaul Woodfield
Gemma Piercy (UoW)Bill Cochrane (UoW)Michael Fletcher (VUW)

Current research

  • Well-being and Performance for entrepreneurs and in small-medium enterprises (SMEs)

Description: This project focuses on wellbeing and performance issues for entrepreneurs and SMEs.  The project group examines a range of issues to do with wellbeing including mental health of entrepreneurs, stress, and resilience.


SMEs Team: Marcus Ho, Jenny Gibb (Waikato) Stephen Teo (Edith Cowan University), Smita Singh, and George Thien

Entrepreneurs Team: Marcus Ho and Smita Singh

  • Individual and Organisational Resilience

Description: This project examines the role of resilience in individuals and organisations. There are two major streams of research within this project.  The first is focused on entrepreneurial resilience and resilience in small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs); and the second is focused on organisational resilience and performance.  Findings from the project will have significant implications for the wellbeing of individuals and organisations including the management of employees and best practice.


  • Ho, M., Jenkins, A., Verreynne, M. L., Teo, S. T. T., Bentley, T. & Singh, S. (2018). How social and leadership resources and reconfiguration activities lead to relational, stakeholder, and operational outcomes post-disaster. ICSB World Congress, Taiwan, June 24-29.

Team: Marcus Ho, Anna Jenkins and Martie-Louise Verreynne (University of Queensland), Tim Bentley (Massey) and Stephen Teo (Edith Cowan University)

  • Human capital leveraging and performance

Description: In this project, we analyse the role of strategic human capital and the firm. The implications of this study have significance for understanding the HRM-organisational capabilities link, including theoretical developments for strategic human resource management and the resource-based view.

Team:  Marcus Ho, Stephen Teo (Edith Cowan University), Christine Soo (University of Western Australia), and Amy Tian (Curtin University of Technology)

  • The Physical Work Environment

Description: This project examines how the physical work environment (and the way that change to the physical work environment is managed) affects employees on outcomes such as wellbeing, the quality of their interpersonal relationships and productivity. It focuses on outcome such as collaboration, resource and knowledge sharing and stress.

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Team: Rachel Morrison and Roy Smollan

  • Stressful Organisational Change Project

Description: This project looks at stressful organisational change in a District Health Board. The research group looks at the experiences, motivations and processes important before, during and after an organisational change event.

Team: Roy Smollan and Rachel Morrison

  • Wellbeing from minority perspectives

Description: The New Zealand Treasury has developed a Living Standards Framework (LSF) to assess the impact of government policies on intergenerational wellbeing. The Treasury is committed to incorporating New Zealand’s diverse cultural perspectives into the LSF framework, of which this project explores. The Asian population is currently experiencing a number of issues related to the determinants of wellbeing, including health (mental health, non-communicable diseases and access to health services) and immigration (employment difficulties). Experiences of perceived discrimination also heavily impact their wellbeing.

Team: Sue Yong, Pola Wang (Hospitality), and Marcus Ho

Currently seeking participants of Asian descent to talk about their experiences of well-being in New Zealand. If you are willing to help Sue in her research, please email Sue Yong (sue.yong@aut.ac.nz), or call: 099219999 ext. 5721, to record your expression of interest.