Group for Research in Integrity and Governance

The Group for Research in Integrity and Governance (GIG) conducts research and engages with practitioners in the areas of corporate governance and many aspects of integrity. It is a research concentration of the Hawke Research Institute.


Group for Research in Integrity and GovernanceMembers of the group share a common interest and involvement in matters related to integrity. Whether it is integrity per se as a virtue, maintaining the integrity of one culture or enterprise as it engages with another, establishing trust as a basis for complex transactions, this provides a consistent theme. The variety of members' backgrounds supports cross-disciplinary work in the area.

We share a broader view of organisations and management, aside from counting or making, and not limited to business or commerce. We also share an interest in dealing with matters that are grey rather than black and white, with a tolerance of ambiguity.

We share an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to research and scholarship, often from a critical orientation. This provides a philosophical framework within which to promote conversation about ideas. We do not see the group as having an advocacy role.

Whilst the School of Management provides the largest number of members, the group is multidisciplinary and draws members from elsewhere in the UniSA Business School, and from the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences.

Recent activity

Recent research and publications have focused on applied ethics, sustainable development, globalisation, corporate social responsibility, the implementation of new management systems within organisations, complex adaptive systems and university governance.

Recently published books

L Blanchard and F Higgins-Desbiolles, eds  (2013) Peace through tourism: promoting human security through international citizenship, Routledge, London.

H Harris, G Wijesinghe and S McKenzie, eds (2013) The heart of the good institution: virtue ethics as a framework for responsible management, Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

C Provis (2011) Individuals, groups and business ethics, Routledge, New York.

J Moon, M Orlitzky and G Whelan, eds (2010) Corporate governance and business ethics,  Edward Elgar, Northampton, MA


Members of GIG are active in the Australian Association of Professional and Applied Ethics and have assisted in organising several AAPAE conferences including ones at the University of South Australia. Members are also active in the Asia-Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity (APFEI) and the International Center for Academic Integrity. Two APFEI conferences have been convened at the University of South Australia (2003 and 2007).

Members of GIG are also active in a number of other professional associations, including the Academy of Management, the Society of Business Ethics, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, the International Employment Relations Association, the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism, and the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association.


GIG meets up to 20 times per year for member, students and visitor presentations, discussions of continuing research projects and bag lunches. Contact Howard Harris or Tony O'Malley.

GIG can be contacted through the convenor, Assoc Prof Howard Harris.

Areas of study and research

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