Staff profile - Colin Higgins

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Dr Colin Higgins

Position: Mba Program Director
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: Deakin Business School
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92445046 +61 3 92445046



  • Executive, International Association of Business & Society (IABS) (Conference Chair, 2014; President 2016)
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, Australian and NZ Academy of Management
  • Member, Centre for Social and Environmental Accountability (St Andrews, Scotland)
  • Editorial Board: Business & Society
  • Editorial Board: Social Responsibility Journal
  • Editorial Review Panel: Journal of Business Ethics

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Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Business Process Management
  • Business Ethics, Sustainability


Research interests

  • Sustainability reporting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Institutional Theory
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Discourse, Rhetoric and Narrative



  • Higgins, C., Milne, M. & van Gramberg, B. (2015). The uptake and spread of sustainability reporting in Australia. Journal of Business Ethics, 129 (2), 445-468 (ERA A)
  • Higgins, C., Stubbs, W. & Love, T. (2014). Walking the talk(s): Narratives of integrated reporting. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 27 (7), 1010-1119 (ERA A)
  • Stubbs, W., and Higgins, C. (2014). Integrated reporting and internal mechanisms of change. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability journal, 27 (7), 1068-1089 (ERA A)Stubbs, W., Higgins, C., & Milne, M. (2013). Why do companies not produce sustainability reports? Business Strategy & the Environment, 22 (5), 456-470 (ERA B)
  • Higgins, C., and Walker, R. (2012). Ethos, logos and pathos: Strategies of persuasion in social/environmental reports. Accounting Forum, 36(3), 194-208 (ERA B)
  • Birch, D., & Higgins, C. (2010). CSR in Australia. In W. Visser, D. Matten, M. Pohl, & N. Tolhurst (Eds). The A-Z of corporate social responsibility: A complete reference guide to concepts, codes and organisations. London: Wiley
  • Higgins, C. (2010). Is a responsive business also a responsible business? Journal of Business Systems, Governance and Ethics, 5(2), p. 7-21 (ERA C)Lieber, P., & Higgins, C. (2010). Communicating with global publics. In G. Colan and W. Wanta (Eds). International media communication in a global age. Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis.
  • Bebbington, J., Higgins, C.P., and Frame, B. (2009). Initiating sustainable development reporting: Evidence from New Zealand. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 22(4), pp. 588-625. (ERA Rating A*)
  • Higgins, C.P. (2008). The contribution of reporting to corporate social responsibility: A critical discourse analysis of Shell's reports. Journal of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability, 13(1)
  • Love, T., and Higgins, C.P. (2007). Turning point: Philanthropy - Do we really know enough about its contribution to corporate citizenship? Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 27, pp. 18-21 (ERA C)
  • Higgins, C. (2005). Response to Block and Barnett's 'A positive programme for Laissez-faire capitalism'. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 19, pp. 51-52.

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