This paper explores the notion of complexity as it arises in organizational research. In particular, we consider kaupapa Māori research as a transformational Indigenous methodology that not only enables research in Indigenous Māori contexts, but operates at the intersection of Western and Indigenous worlds. Our conceptualization of an Indigenous methodology incorporates complexity through paradigmatic plurality and explicitly acknowledges the characteristics of emergence and self-organization at the heart of kaupapa Māori research. The consequences are widespread not only for researchers and practitioners of organizations, but also for a perception of Indigenous business that is true to the Indigenous logics in which they are grounded and reflective of good practice. As such, our focus is on the complexity required of research if it is to reflect the views of Indigenous and mainstream simultaneously and be able to claim that it genuinely captures the diversity and dynamics of a complex society.
Virginia Cathro is a lecturer at the Department of Management at the University of Otago. She has a BSc in microbiology, a MCom in management and a postgraduate teaching diploma PGDipTertT(Otago). She teaches in the area of business communication, management functions and international management. Her research interests are in intercultural communication, expatriate performance management, global virtual teams, conflict resolution, negotiation, teaching and the management of sporting bodies. Recent publications include research on expatriate performance management, teaching reflective practice, and graduate section.