Assoc Prof Pavel Castka

Associate Professor in Operations Management

  • Area of Specialisation:
    • Operations management
    • Environmental management
    • ISO 9000 Certification
    • Management Systems
  • Faculty/Key Office:
    • Associate Professor in Operations Management,University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Committee Member, ISO/TC 176 (ISO 9000)
    • Committee Member, QR-008
         (Preparation of standards and guides in quality management in AUS and NZ)
    • Former Nominated Expert, ISO/TMB/WG SR (ISO 26000)
    • Held visiting positions at:
      • UCLA Anderson School of Management, USA,
      • BOKU, Vienna
  • Education:
    • MSc(Eng) Dipl.Ing. (Brno University of Technology), Czech Republic
    • PhD (Brno University of Technology), Czech Republic
    • PGCertTertT, tertiary teaching (University of Canterbury), NZ
In today’s business environment, organisations can no longer view their operations as isolated technical activities. In order to succeed, organisations need to identify their competitive advantages and develop their operational capabilities accordingly – and this will be our focus in this course.

International teaching and industry experience

Pavel has been actively involved with international standardization within committees at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as Standards Australia and Standards NZ and contributed to the development of the international guidance standard on social responsibility (ISO 26000). He also works very closely with the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) as well as with other global institutions – such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Before joining academia, Pavel worked as management consultant in the UK.

Reasons Pavel enjoys teaching in the MBA programme

MBA teaching is as demanding as it is rewarding. Pavel enjoys working with students who want to learn, work hard and aim to change things. These qualities are typical of MBA’s from top business schools and he looks forward to joining the team at Otago.

Global Perspective

Pavel has led a been truly “global” life. He had lived and worked in the UK, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, the US – his home now is in NZ. He often speaks at international symposia and had given (semi)-plenary and keynote lectures at conferences in Bali, Prague, Riga, Adelaide, Belgrade and Jakarta. At the academic front, he was recently been appointed as a visiting scholar at UCLA Anderson School of Management (USA) and vising professor at BOKU, Vienna, Austria.  His recent projects include collaborations with UCLA (USA), MIT (USA), Fox Business School (USA) and Monash University (Australia). All these experiences are embedded in the course – you will study case study organisations from across the world, use the latest educational technologies and discuss the most up-to-date topics in operational excellence.