A/Prof. Colin Higgins



Associate Dean, International and Partnerships


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Executive Dean Office


Melbourne Burwood Campus


+61 3 924 46103


Colin Higgins is the Associate Dean: International and Partnerships for the Faculty of Business and Law and an Associate Professor in the Department of Management. For six years Colin managed the Deakin MBA program.

Colin's research focuses on how business organisations use language in their social/environmental and sustainability reports, and how this shapes but is also constrained by institutional drivers in the environments where they operate.

He is the Co-Editor of A-ranked 'Business & Society' journal and is the 2021 Program Chair for the Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division of the Academy of Management (AoM). He is a fellow and former President and Conference Chair of the International Association for Business & Society (IABS). His work is published in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Cleaner Production and Accounting Forum.

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Research interests

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


  • 2021 Program Chair, Social Issues in Management, Academy of Management
  • Co-Editor 'Business & Society'
  • Fellow 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.

Teaching interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics, Sustainability

Media appearances

  • MBA microcredentials, Australian Financial Review, Australia, 2018. 


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On managing hypocrisy: the transparency of sustainability reports

C Higgins, S Tang, W Stubbs

(2020), Vol. 114, pp. 395-407, Journal of business research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Journey or toolbox? Integrated reporting and processes of organisational change

C Higgins, W Stubbs, D Tweedie, G McCallum

(2019), Vol. 32, pp. 1662-1689, Accounting, auditing and accountability journal, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Is sustainability reporting becoming institutionalised? The role of an issues-based field

C Higgins, W Stubbs, M Milne

(2018), Vol. 147, pp. 309-326, Journal of business ethics, Dodrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Stakeholders' perspectives on the role of regulatory reform in integrated reporting

W Stubbs, C Higgins

(2018), Vol. 147, pp. 489-508, Journal of business ethics, New York, N. Y., C1

journal article

Improving how sustainability reports drive change: a critical discourse analysis

C Higgins, B Coffey

(2016), Vol. 136, pp. 18-29, Journal of cleaner production, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The Uptake of Sustainability Reporting in Australia

C Higgins, M Milne, B van Gramberg

(2015), Vol. 129, pp. 445-468, Journal of Business Ethics, C1

journal article

Consumer reactions to corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Thailand: the moderating effect of competitive positioning

P Srinaruewan, W Binney, C Higgins

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 628-652, Asia pacific journal of marketing and logistics, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Integrated reporting and internal mechanisms of change

W Stubbs, C Higgins

(2014), Vol. 27, pp. 1068-1089, Accounting, auditing & accountability journal, Bingley, England, C1

journal article

Walking the talk(s): Organisational narratives of integrated reporting

C Higgins, W Stubbs, T Love

(2014), Vol. 27, pp. 1090-1119, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, C1

journal article

Why Do Companies Not Produce Sustainability Reports?

Wendy Stubbs, Colin Higgins, Markus Milne

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 456-470, Business Strategy and the Environment, C1

journal article

What do indigenous communities think of the CSR practices of mining companies?

K Kepore, C Higgins, R Goddard

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 34-50, Journal of business systems, governance and ethics, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Ethos, logos, pathos: Strategies of persuasion in social/environmental reports

Colin Higgins, Robyn Walker

(2012), Vol. 36, pp. 194-208, Accounting Forum, C1-1

journal article

Sustainability reporting and non-reporters : understanding why companies do not produce sustainability reports

C Higgins, W Stubbs, M Milne

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Sustainability and integrated reporting : a study of the inhibitors and enablers of integrated reporting

W Stubbs, C Higgins

(2012), Sydney, N. S. W., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Communicating with global publics: building a theoretical framework for international public relations

P Lieber, C Higgins

(2010), pp. 366-379, International media communication in a global age, New York, N.Y., B1-1

book chapter

Is a responsive business also a responsible business

C Higgins

(2010), Vol. 5, pp. 23-32, Journal of business systems, governance and ethics, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Initiating sustainable development reporting: evidence from New Zealand

Jan Bebbington, Colin Higgins, Bob Frame

(2009), Vol. 22, pp. 588-625, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, C1-1

journal article

Do you see what I see? Stakeholder understandings of corporate social responsibility

C Higgins

(2008), pp. 27-36, The new 21st century workplace, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

book chapter

How useful are Shell's reports for stimulating dialogue

C Higgins

(2007), Vol. 13, pp. 2-8, Journal of the Asia Pacific centre for environmental accountability, Adelaide, S.A., C1-1

journal article

Do we know enough about corporate philanthropy?

T Love, C Higgins

(2007), Vol. 27, pp. 18-21, Journal of corporate citizenship, Sheffield, England, C1-1

journal article

Making a difference : the importance of trust to triple bottom line reporting and partnership

C Higgins, L Lee

(2004), pp. 199-216, Business-social partnership : an international perspective, Calcutta, India, B1-1

book chapter

Triple bottom line reporting: the importance of reputation and trust

C Higgins

(2002), Vol. 1, pp. 91-115, New academy review, Liverpool, England, C1-1

journal article

Corporate volunteering: ad hoc interaction or route to dialogue and partnership?

L Lee, C Higgins

(2001), Vol. 1, pp. 79-90, Journal of corporate citizenship, Sheffield, England, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Regulatory standards vs. non-regulatory guidelines: Financial stakeholders' perspectives on the appropriate route to effective integrated reporting

A/Prof Colin Higgins, Dr Wendy Stubbs

  • 2014: $12,900

An exploration of the information needs of selected stakeholders of integrated reporting (IR)

Dr Wendy Stubbs, A/Prof Colin Higgins

  • 2017: $1,869
  • 2016: $6,514

The relationship between a company's materiality process and risk process for effective integrated reporting

A/Prof Colin Higgins, Dr Wendy Stubbs, Ms Meg Fricke, Ms Vanessa Richards

  • 2016: $19,800

Future of environmental, social and governance reporting: Sustainable Development Goals, Integrated Reporting and Global Reporting Initiative

Dr Wendy Stubbs, A/Prof Colin Higgins

  • 2020: $4,545
  • 2019: $8,004


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