Kia ora (that is how they "hello" in the Maori language in New Zealand!) My name is Dr. E.S. Wibbeke and I was chosen to complete a Fulbright Specialist Grantee project in New Zealand at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). I hold a BA degree in International Relations, an MBA in International Management, and a Doctorate in Management. I have published two books on the topic of Geoleadership.

Both books are available through Amazon here:
Global Business Leadership - 1st edition) and Global Business Leadership - 2nd edition).

I am an Independent Researcher and have taught classes both online and onground at various international universities. I mainly teach courses in cross-cultural communications, global business leadership, and international management.

I gave lectures at various universities on my research on the juxtaposition of business, culture, and leadership. I lectured thus on the Geoleadership Model at AUT and several other universities in and around Auckland.

A former mentor of mine had received a Fulbright many years ago and he was supportive of my applying to the Fulbright program. I actually was chosen by a university in New Zealand that used my research on Geoleadership in its curriculum. I think that the most unexpected outcome is that many people within a certain geographic region all have different defintions of leadership. I would recommend that anyone interested in being immersed in another country should take the opportunity to get a feel for how things are done in that country.

Two outcomes of my grant experience include: having academics and students in the US become more interested in leadership in general, and Geoleadership, in particular. The second outcome was having the ability to talk to students and academics in the US about the value of the Fulbright program.

After returning from New Zealand to the United States, I am still in contact with my colleague, Dr. Romie Littrell, and we are discussing different case studies, etc., and ways we can collaborate on future programs together.


About Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP)

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The focus of the FSP is educational capacity-building and the development of longer-term educational relationships. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions worldwide.

About New Zealand

New Zealand is a wealthy Pacific nation dominated by two cultural groups: New Zealanders of European descent; and the Maori, the descendants of Polynesian settlers. It is made up of two main islands and numerous smaller ones: the North Island (known as Te Ika-a-Maui in Maori) is the more populous of the two, and is separated by the Cook Strait from the somewhat larger but much less populated South Island (or Te Waipounamu). Agriculture is the economic mainstay, but manufacturing and tourism are important and there is a world-class film industry. New Zealand has diversified its export markets and has developed strong trade links with Australia, the US, and Japan. In April 2008 it became the first Western country to sign a free trade deal with China.

About Auckland Institute of Technology (AUT)

My visit was sponsored by the Auckland Institute of Technology (AUT). AUT offers undergraduate and postgraduate (both PhD and Master) degrees, as well as sub-degree qualifications such as diplomas and certificates. Programmes are offered in the areas/fields of applied sciences, art and design, business, business information systems, communication studies, computer and information sciences, education, engineering, health care practice, hospitality and tourism, languages, law, mathematical science, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, paramedicine and emergency management, Maori development, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, public health, rehabilitation and occupation studies, social science, and sport and recreation. The AUT Business School has been recognised as one of the top business schools in the world by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International



Dr. Wibbeke lectured at four separate universities in the capital city of Auckland, New Zealand on the topic of Geoleadership Model and its incorporation into both the academic and business realms. Currently, this textbook (both editions) is held in over 200 libraries around the world.

Auckland University of Technology (Maori: Te Wananga Aronui o Tamaki Makau Rau) AUT is New Zealand's newest university but its history in industry-relevant education is over 110 years old. In 2000, the governor general, by order in council, established the Auckland University of Technology as one of the universities in New Zealand. AUT is the youngest of the eight New Zealand universities and the only one to be established since the 1960s.

Massey University (Maori: Te Kunenga ki Purehuroa), as one of New Zealand’s leading research universities, makes a major contribution to research-based university education in New Zealand both in its own right and in partnership with other institutions within New Zealand and internationally. This contribution reflects both our mission and special character.

University Institute of Technology (Maori: Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka) is the largest institute of technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Wibbeke lectured specifically at Unitec on the Geoleadership Model and the cultural competencies needed for all global leaders.

University of Auckland (Maori: Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau) is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country.

Geoleadership Model

Dr. E.S. Wibbeke developed the Geoleadership Model to highlight the seven core compentencies for a global business leader today. These competencies include:

  • Capabiilty – Intercultural expertise at all levels of the organization
  • Care – Balanced interest and value for both profit and stakeholders
  • Change – Flexibility in adapting to dynamic cultural environments
  • Communication – Engaged connection and interaction with diverse cultures
  • Consciousness – Self-awareness of our cultural background and bias
  • Context – Situational perspective with no judgement
  • Contrasts – Cultural differences in leading and motivating followers