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Dr Vasudha Rao


School of Management

My first degree is in medicine, and I trained as a doctor in India and worked in a hospital before moving on to completing an MBA from Cranfield University, UK. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma and PhD in Management from Massey University. I have worked in a hospital (doctor), a secondary healthcare organization (operational management) and in medical and healthcare publishing (editorial and general management), before working as a Lecturer at Massey University. Besides lecturing, I am also involved in facilitating leadership and career development workshops and programmes at Massey. My research interests are broad and in the areas of leadership; developmental practices such as mentoring and sponsoring; diversity; equity; intersectionality; and wellbeing in the workplace. 

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Contact details

  • Location: 2.08, Business Studies Central (BSC)
    Campus: Palmerston North

Research Expertise

Research Interests


Developmental practices in workplaces (mentoring, sponsoring, coaching)

Diversity and inclusion

Intersectional identities

Workplace wellbeing

Relational workplace practices

Workplace relationships

Women's career progress


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Human Resources Management (150305): Organisational Behaviour (150311)

Research Outputs


Bhide, V., & Tootell, B. (2018). Perceptions of sponsoring for the career development of women: An exploratory study in Europe. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. 16(1), 3-19 Retrieved from https://radar.brookes.ac.uk/radar/items/dd8c0f2c-c7fd-4a1e-a98a-366d0ada8d34/1/
[Journal article]Authored by: Rao, V., Tootell, B.


Bhide, V., & Tootell, B. (2018). Young women in leadership, Massey University. In A. Blackman, D. Kon, & D. Clutterbuck (Eds.) Coaching and Mentoring in the Asia Pacific. (pp. 203 - 208). : Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Rao, V., Tootell, B.
Bhide, V., & Palmer, F. (2017). The virtual Maori mentoring programme, Massey business school, New Zealand. In The Sage Handbook of Mentoring. (pp. 539 - 544). : Sage Reference
[Chapter]Authored by: Palmer, F., Rao, V.


Parker, J., Arrowsmith, J., Barney, A., Bone, K., Junaid, F., Port, Z., . . . Tappin, D.(2019). Eurofound Country Profile: Working life in New Zealand. Dublin, Ireland: Eurofound
[Technical Report]Authored by: Arrowsmith, J., Barney, A., Bone, K., Parker, J., Port, Z., Rao, V., Tappin, D.
Kelly, S., Bensemann, JM., Bhide, V., Eweje, G., Imbeau, JS., Lockhart, J., . . . Warren, L. (2017). Disruptive technology in the agri-food sector: An examination of current and future influence on sustainability, bio-security and business effectiveness. Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Bensemann, J., Imbeau, J., Kelly, S., Lockhart, J., Rao, V., Scott, J.


Tootell, B., Fountaine, S., Bensemann, JM., & Rao, V.Achieving Career Excellence: enhancing transitions for young women from university to the workplace. . Sydney, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Bensemann, J., Fountaine, S., Rao, V., Tootell, B.
Rao, V.The sponsoring relationship: New Zealand women’s experiences of sponsoring. . Sydney, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Leberman, S., Rao, V.

Teaching and Supervision

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