Dr Buriata Tofinga

Lecturer

Department of Management

buriata.tofinga@monash.edu
603 5514 5696
Room 6-5-58

 
  

Dr. Buriata Eti-Tofinga from Kiribati is a Lecturer at the School of Business, Monash University Malaysia. She previously taught for 5 years at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. She received a Gold Medal for her PhD research which looked at how social entrepreneurship is enacted by organizations in the political, economic, and social environment of small island developing states. She completed a Master of Commerce in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Sydney in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Economics and International Business from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. While in Australia, she joined the Remote and Rural Enterprise (RARE) Program and worked with social enterprises such as The Green Project of Resource Recovery Australia, and Fair Business (later renamed to Food Ladder).  Prior to joining academia, she worked for the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives in Kiribati, and the Department of Environment in Fiji. She also worked in regional and international organizations in the Pacific region, in particular UNDP and Pacific Trade Invest.

She is a research partner for the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project, and member of the EMES International Research Network. Her current research looks at the role of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises in (1) creating sustainable communities and (2) empowering women and young people. She is also interested in studying the economic and social orientation of hybrid organizations and influence of context and dual logics on strategy and organizational performance. Her work has been published in the European Business Review, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Social Enterprise Journal and the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy
Institution University of the South Pacific
Year awarded 2017
Master of Commerce
Institution University of Sydney
Year awarded 2012
Bachelor of Commerce and Administration
Institution Victoria University of Wellington
Year awarded 2006

Professional Membership

1 EMES International Research Network
2 Academy of International Business Southeast Asia Region Chapter

Areas of Expertise

1 Social entrepreneurship, Social enterprise, Hybrid Organization, Strategy and Sustainability, Principles of Management, Organization Development

Teaching

Subject CodeSubject
BEW3555 Integrative Business Practices
MGW3681 International Management

Scholarly Journal

1Eti-Tofinga, B., Singh, G., & Douglas, H. (2018). Facilitating cultural change in social enterprises. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 31(3), 619-636.
2 Douglas, H., Eti-Tofinga, B., & Singh, G. (2018). Contextualising social enterprise in Fiji. Social Enterprise Journal, 14(2), 208-224.
3 Douglas, H., Eti-Tofinga, B., & Singh, G. (2018). Hybrid organisations contributing to wellbeing in Small Pacific Island Countries. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.
4Eti-Tofinga, B., Douglas, H., & Singh, G. (2017). Influence of evolving culture on leadership: a study of Fijian cooperatives. European Business Review, 29(5), 534-550.

Conference Proceedings (Refereed ONLY)

1Eti-Tofinga, B., Douglas, H. and Singh, G. (2017). The institutional reality of social enterprise in Pacific island countries, EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, Universite Catholique Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium
2Eti-Tofinga, B., Douglas, H and Singh, G (2016) Female leadership styles in Fijian social enterprises, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre (SIERC) Conference, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

Local Presentations

* 2018. “Social enterprises in a Fijian island economy – managing the process of social value creation”, Presenter, School of Business, Monash University, Malaysia
* 2017. “PhD Graduate Journey”, Panelist at FBE Postgraduate Student Association Flashback Forum, Postgraduate Affairs and Research Office, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
* 2016. “Female leadership practices in Fijian social enterprises.” Presenter at Talanga Series, School of Education, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
* 2016. “The role of culture in advancing social innovation and social entrepreneurship practice in social enterprises”, Presenter at Pacific Islands University Research Network (PIURN) Conference, 19-22nd September 2016, National University of Samoa, Samoa
* 2013. “Understanding the practice of social entrepreneurship in organizations: Cases of Kiribati and Fiji”, Presenter, School of Management and Public Administration, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
* 2010. “Lessons from Kiribati container deposit recycling project”, Presenter at Japan Overseas Volunteer Cooperation (JOVC) Regional Training, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Office, Fiji

International Presentations

* 2017. “The diverse context of social enterprises in Pacific island countries”, Presenter at Australasian Center for Social and Environmental Accounting Research Conference, 7-9th December 2017, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
* 2017. “Contextual Female Leadership in Social Enterprises”, Presenter at Emerging Scholars Colloquium, Australasian Center for Social and Environmental Accounting Research Conference, 7-9th December 2017, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
* 2017. “The institutional reality of social enterprise in Pacific island countries”, Presenter at EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, 3-6th July 2017, Universite Catholique Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium
* 2016. “Female leadership styles in Fijian social enterprises”, Presenter at Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre (SIERC) Conference, 10-12th February 2016, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
* 2014. “Social entrepreneurship – an introduction”, Presenter at International Conference on Emerging Trends and Issues in Management and Public Administration in the South Pacific Region and Beyond, School of Management and Public Administration, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
* 2010. “Opportunities and challenges for foreign investment projects in Kiribati”, Presenter at FICs – China Trade, Investment & Tourism Symposium, Pacific Islands Forum Trade Office (Beijing) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, St. Regis Hotel, Shanghai City, Republic of China.

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Local Award

Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence (Research)
Awarding Body Monash University Sunway campus
Year of award Sem 1, 2011
Project Title Gold Dinar and Business Cycle Studies
Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence (Teaching)
Awarding Body Monash University Sunway campus
Year of award Sem 2, 2009
Project Title An activity-based approach in teaching Economics
Award Name Pro Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence (Teaching)
Awarding Body Monash University Sunway campus
Year of award Sem 1, 2009
Project Title Classroom Management
Award Name Best Paper at FEP Seminar
Awarding Body University Putra Malaysia
Year of award 2007
Project Title Managing Knowledge in the Borderless World
Award Name Bronze Medal at the Exhibition of Invention, Research & Innovation UPM
Awarding Body University Putra Malaysia
Year of award 2006
Project Title Decomposing the Malaysian Aggregate Shocks Using the Bayesian State-Space Based Approach
Award Name Bronze Medal at the Exhibition of Invention, Research & Innovation UPM
Awarding Body University Putra Malaysia
Year of award 2005
Project Title Optimum Currency Areas in East Asia: A Bayesian State-Spaced Based Approach

Local Presentation

* "Tolerance and Economic Growth" Public lecture at University Putra Malaysia, 26 April 2013.

International Presentation

* Trade integration and business cycles in East Asia. Paper session presented at the Singapore Economic Review Conference, Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore, August 2009.
* The endogeneity of optimum currency area in East Asia. Paper session presented at the FEP seminar “Managing Knowledge in the Borderless World”, Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, December 2007.
* Optimum currency areas in East Asia: A Bayesian State-Spaced based approach. Paper session presented at the 4th Global Conference on Business and Economics, Oxford University, June 2005.