Dr Sara Walton

Senior Lecturer

  • Area of Specialisation:
    • Environment Sustainability, Business Ethics, Organisation Theory
  • Faculty/Key Office:
    • Senior Lecturer, University of Otago
  • Education:
    • PhD, University of Otago
Regardless of where our students may come from, they share a common responsibility in saving the environment.Senior Lecturer, University of Otago

International teaching and industry experience

Dr Sara Walton is a senior lecturer in the area of business, sustainability and the natural environment. Her research includes examining ecopreneurial businesses in New Zealand, social enterprise and for-benefit organisations, business responses to climate change, understanding natural resource based conflicts and analysing triple bottom line (TBL) company reports and constructions of sustainability. Sara is part of the MBIE funded Energy Cultures team at Otago where she leads the work streams researching SME’s energy and transport practices. Sara has spent time in Samoa researching the social enterprise 'Women in Business' with Oxfam and will be working with AusAid with renewable energy projects in the Pacific. She is a member of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group at the University and is on the Trust Board of Trade Aid Dunedin. She regularly consults on sustainability and acts as an advisor to the student group Enactus. Sara has work published in leading journals such as Organization, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ) and Organization and Environment. Dr Walton’s research has been recognised through best papers at two Academy of Management conferences and a Mary Parker Follet award for a co-authored paper in AAAJ.

Reasons Sara enjoys teaching in the MBA programme

The Otago MBA students are a group of highly motivated students. They are here to learn and seek out a bright new future. We need ambassadors of change – future business leaders who will run businesses with an eye to preserving and saving the environment. Additionally, the students come from different corners of the world making the Otago MBA programme one of the best place to spread the message and start the change.

Global Perspective

Climate change – this is a term we are all familiar with. Regardless of where our students may come from, they share a common responsibility in saving the environment. The Otago MBA wants our students to be socially and environmentally responsible business leaders and professionals. It is thus important that our students understand the environmental impact of business activities and how they can run responsible businesses. To begin, they learn how they can balance their green values against business objectives. As future business leaders and professional, they can then help the environment by selling environmentally-friendly goods and services, running their businesses sustainably, and educating their customers and industry by raising awareness of environmental issues. Ecopreneurship is a new and upcoming area. And with our cohorts of international students from all over the world, we sow the seed of environmental sustainability globally.