World Famous in New Zealand: How New Zealand’s Leading Firms Became World-Class Competitors

Colin Campbell Hunt, John Brocklesby, Sylvie Chetty, Lawrence Corbett, Sally Davenport, Deborah Jones and Pat Walsh

‘The authors say they think the work is important, and I would heartily agree with them. Here is a real opportunity to learn from the best there is. . . . Whether you are a one, two or many person organisation, this book is a must.’ – Ron Rowe, Hawke’s Bay Today


World Famous in New Zealand is the story of how ten of New Zealand’s finest companies became world-class competitors. It is a significant story: New Zealanders look to business enterprises for wealth, jobs and the products and services to live and to trade.

In exploring the behaviour of ten carefully chosen firms the book shows how they overcame the disadvantages of size and distance to make an impact in world markets and to sustain it. This is not only a narrative of each firm’s path to success, it is also an empirical analysis of the factors which assured that success. It discusses, for example, innovation, operations strategy, human resource management, the impact of national culture, the role of government.



Colin Campbell-Hunt is a professor in the University of Otago Business School.

He led a team of authors from a Competitive Advantage New Zealand (CANZ), an integrated programme of research devoted to understanding how New Zealand enterprises can develop competitive advantage that is world-class. The co-authors are: John Brocklesby, Sylvie Chetty, Lawrie Corbett, Sally Davenport, Deborah Jones and Pat Walsh. They have been assisted by Amy Harrison, Dianne Campbell-Hunt and Clinton Haswell.


December 2001, 216 x 159 mm, 240 pages, Illustrations
ebook, $45