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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 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, not from a conservative or functional perspective but rather 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.

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. 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.


Members of GIG are active in the Australian Association of Professional and Applied Ethics and in organising the 2001 and 2005 AAPAE conferences which were held at the University of South Australia. (The 2001 papers can be accessed via the electronic archive maintained by the PANDORA system at the National Library of Australia. The 2005 papers are available on this site.)

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

GIG can be contacted through convenor Dr Howard Harris.

Areas of study and research

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