A Trans-Tasman business elite?

Nicholas Harrigan, Shaun Goldfinch

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This article examines the close relationship between the Australian and New Zealand business communities to ask whether the relationship is best characterized as simply a bi-lateral trading relationship, or whether there is evidence of the formation of a transnational business community. This article also seeks to explore the nature of Australia-NewZealand integration, and specifically the degree to which the relationship is interdependent or asymmetrical. Data are drawn from quantitative sources - including a dataset developed from the IBISWorld's Largest 2000 Enterprises in Australia and New Zealand, Who's Who in Australia, and Who's Who in Business in Australia - and qualitative sources, including interviews with business and policy elites. Our findings are that the relationship between the Australian and New Zealand business communities is much deeper than a bi-lateral trading relationship, but also falls short of forming one transnational community. We also find that the relationship is substantially asymmetrical in nature, raising concerns among a number of New Zealand business executives about New Zealand sovereignty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-384
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Sociology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Business community
  • Business elites
  • Foreign investment
  • New Zealand
  • Trans-Tasman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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