Dr Pavel Castka - People - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Pavel CastkaAssociate Professor Pavel Castka


Associate Professor of Operations Management


  • MSc(Eng) Dipl.Ing. (Brno University of Technology)
  • PhD (Brno University of Technology)
  • PGCertTertT (University of Canterbury)

Contact Details

Business and Law Building, Room 341
Phone: +64 3 369 3761
Internal Phone: 93761
Email: pavel.castka@canterbury.ac.nz

Postal Address
Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Dr Pavel Castka is Associate Professor in Operations Management at College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury. He formerly served as Research Director of the College and MBA Director. He had visiting appointments at UCLA Anderson School of Management and University of Salford. He is advising PhD and MBA students as well as teaching MBA and undergraduate courses in operations and supply chain management; he previously taught at the University of Salford - UK before coming to UC. He has given (semi)-plenary and keynote lectures at conferences in Bali, Prague, Riga, Adelaide, Belgrade and Jakarta.

Dr Castka has been actively involved with international standardization within committees at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as Standards Australia and Standards NZ. He recently served as New Zealand nominated expert on Social Responsibility (2005-2010, ISO/TMB/WG SR Committee responsible for the development of ISO 26000 - international guidance standard on social responsibility) and he currently serves at ISO/TC176/SC1 (ISO 9000) and QR-008 (a committee responsible for preparation of standards, guides and handbooks for quality management and quality assurance for use in Australia and New Zealand). As a consultant, Dr. Castka works closely with businesses to improve their operations and supply chain systems as well as advising organisations on strategic use of standards, eco-labels and sustainability measures. Pavel also shares his field expertise with Standards New Zealand (SNZ) and the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Quality Organisation (NZQO).

Pavel’s research interests focus at the role of standards, self-regulation and certification in the current business environment and at sustainable operations. His work has received numerous international awards and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Production Economics or Journal of Cleaner Production. His book on Implementation of corporate social responsibility and corporate governance has been published by the British Standards Institution (BSi) as well as a newly updated version published by SAI Global Ltd. His current research projects include a study on ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 certification funded by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ with Prof Amrik Sohal and Assoc Prof Daniel Prajogo from Monash University) and a study on Governance of Ecolabeling Schemes (with Prof Charles Corbett from UCLA). Pavel is also a member of Carbon Footprinting Working Group – a group that links operations management and life-cycle assessment research communities to study carbon related issues.

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Research Streams

Managing quality and sustainability in supply chains
This stream of research focuses on quality and sustainability in operations and supply chains. In my work, I investigate the impact of management process standards and other self-regulatory mechanism on firms’ performance. The over question is whether and under what circumstances do management standards and practices lead to better performance. Current projects include:

  • Diffusion and impact of ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and other management standards: how and why did ISO standards spread across the globe? What is the impact of ISO 9000/14000 adoption on various facets of firms’ performance (quality, environment, health and safety, financial performance, operations)?
  • New standards and supply chains: Is ISO the way? Why should (or should) not companies consider ISO standards and third party certification? Which sectors are more likely benefit from standards and third party certification?
  • Collaborative practices in Supply Chains: Do collaborative supply chain practices lead to improved supply chain performance? A study in NZ supply chain practices – in collaboration with NZPICS and NZMEA

Keywords: operations management, supply chain management, standards, ISO 9000, ISO 14000, management systems, operational practices, performance

Eco-labels, self-regulation and third party certification
In my work, I examine development and governance of eco-labels and other standards. This is an area of importance to many firms, governments, certification bodies, auditors and accountants as an increasing number of eco-labels (and other self-regulatory mechanism) are being developed and adopted by firms. I am in particular interested in credibility of eco-labels and their governance practices. Current projects include:

  • Eco-labels and credibility: What makes a credible eco-label? To what extent assurance practices contribute to the quality of governance of eco-labels? What can we learn from media coverage of global eco-labels?
  • Stakeholders and self-regulation: How multiple stakeholders can influence and contribute to a standard development process?  What processes do stakeholders follow? Is the industry the most influential stakeholder in multi-stakeholder standardization? Do secondary stakeholders influence the depth of implementation of organisational practices?
  • Development of self-regulatory instruments: To what extent dominant standards impact the direction and evolution of new standards?
  • CASE of Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in New Zealand: What impact does (FSC) have on New Zealand forestry and saw mill industries?
  • CASE of Eco-labels in construction: Are eco-labelled products better than conventional products? An investigation into building materials; a project supported by BRANZ MCom scholarship.
  • Third party certification: What is the impact of certification in Australia and New Zealand? What factors determine firms’ satisfaction with certification? A project supported by Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand

Keywords: self-regulation; stakeholders, assurance practices, governance, standards, ISO 26000, eco-labels, ISO 9000, ISO 14000, FSC, forestry, construction

This stream of research investigates two facets of innovation. I am interested in the effect of relocation following an exogenous shock (such as earthquake) on firms’ innovation performance. I am also studying how administrative innovations diffuse.

  • Christchurch Earthquake and Recovery: To what extend does institutional environment and pre-existing spatial organization explain the speed and variety of recovery? What is the impact of exogenous shock on innovation and financial performance?
  • Diffusion and adoption of administrative innovations: how do characteristics of eco-labels explain their diffusion? Are more stringent eco-labels less adopted? How media impact the diffusion of eco-labels?

Keywords: innovation, performance, natural disaster, administrative innovations, eco-labels, ICT sector, diffusion, adoption

PhD Supervision Opportunities

Research Interests

Research and Publications

You can find out about my research interests, projects I'm presently involved in and items I've published by visiting my entry in the UC Research Profile. Once you've completed your visit there, you can return to this page by clicking “Staff Web Page” under my photo on that page.