Group for Research in Integrity and Governance (GIG) seminars are both a friendly place for postgraduate students to explore ideas as they develop their research or prepare for presentations, and an opportunity for the GIG community to share information about the range of research we undertake.

The schedule includes presentations by both new and established scholars. Expressions of interest are always welcome from students or staff who would like to present a seminar. Please contact the convenor Howard Harris for more information.


GIG seminars

13 February: Stephen McKenzie, ‘Food ethics and sustainability’

27 February: Allan Reddrop, ‘Patriarchs in family business’

27 March: Jay Joseph, ‘Resolving tensions for decision makers in sustainable business’

10 April: Howard Harris, ‘What’s hot at the ethics conferences’

24 April: Janine Pierce, ‘Rising energy costs: empowering or disempowering? Photovoice‘

22 May: Prof Marc Orlitzky, ‘The paradoxical effects of corporate social responsibility’


GIG seminars

14 February: Prof Marc Orlitzky, ‘Current research in corporate social responsibility’

28 February: Howard Harris, ‘Update from the research briefings’

14 March: Prof Howard Gospel, ‘Rights’

28 March: Tony O’Malley, ‘Boschma, 2005: five proximities’

11 April: Bincy Barburaj, ‘Ethical investment under competing values’

9 May: Tony O’Malley and Gido Mapunda, ‘Small African traders in China’

23 May: Janine Pierce, ‘Oyster farming in Vietnam: a photovoice story’

5 June: Prof Geoff Moore, School seminar: ‘Bringing morality back in church organisation’

20 June: Prof Dan Wueste, School seminar: ‘Ethics in business’

11 July: Several, AAPAE papers

25 July: Chris Provis, ‘Confucianism and business ethics’

8 August: All, GIG and the Hawke Research Institute

22 August: Sunil Savur, ‘Theorising ethical decision-making process for research in SMEs in Australia’

12 September: AbdouMaliq Simone, International Centre for the study of Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

26 September: Herman Tse, School seminar: ‘Leader-member exchange’

10 October: Carmen Joham, ‘Project Impact: who we are and our research activity’

14 November: Sherry Khan, ‘The longevity of large enterprises’


Seminars by visiting scholars

Ethics in practice: moral psychology and the mindset of managers, 20 June
Prof Dan Wueste, Director, Rutland Institute of Ethics, Clemson University, South Carolina, and President of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum

Managers and leaders face ethical dilemmas and challenges in their daily work. Dealing with them is not solely a philosophical problem; it is also a question of mindset, of individual willingness to act and of psychology. Dan Wueste introduced the topic of moral psychology and the mindset of managers, and led a discussion.

Prof Dan Wueste did his graduate work in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Washington University in St Louis. He has a special interest in what ethicists can learn from legal philosophers and vice versa.

Resource wars, management and governance in postcolonial countries, 2 May
Prof Bobby Banerjee, Associate Dean Research, College of Business at the University of Western Sydney

The end of direct colonialism and the emergence of the development state did not necessarily translate into forms of local sovereignty for Indigenous and rural communities in Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific. Prof Banerjee described the emergence of resource wars in the postcolonial era and how organisational technologies of extraction, exclusion and expulsion led to dispossession and death. He developed the notion of translocal governance where local actors most affected by development are able to forge a series of temporary coalitions with international and national groups in an attempt to promote some form of participatory democracy.
Bobby Banerjee is a leading scholar in the fields of critical thinking, sustainability and postcolonial studies. His book Corporate social responsibility: the good, the bad and the ugly (Edward Elgar, UK) was published in 2007.

A virtuous extension of strategic planning: conscious corporate growth in two small enterprises. A cross-border and cross-sector perspective, 1 February
Prof Mario Carassi, Director of the Centre for Economics and Business Ethics at the University of Bari, Italy

The process of conscious corporate growth (CCG) has been described as a continuous practice that encourages an understanding of the values expressed by the people who compose a company and the values of its stakeholders. The focus is on the capacity of the firm to act as a vehicle to nurture virtue. CCG encourages reflective thinking in strategic planning, emphasising informal learning and personal vision.

This is Mario's third visit to UniSA. His work on the promotion of the concept of conscious corporate growth as a means of introducing concepts of virtue into strategic planning has been discussed at international conferences in Europe in 2010 and 2011.

2012 seminar series

Sept David Baker, '"Cultural Revival: Our Survival": Aboriginal cultural mapping for sustainable development'
Aug Tony O'Malley, 'Market making capacity in rural and remote regions'
July Aise Kim, 'Teaching business ethics'
July Gido Mapunda, 'Culture and management: corruption, ethics and Africa'
June Andy Kidd, 'They did it. It was bad. But was it socially irresponsible?'
May Tony O'Malley, 'Three papers on culture and corruption'
May Sukhbir Sandhu, '"Please Sir, may I have some more?": using photo-elicitation to understand sustainability roles in organisations' .
Apr Chris Provis, 'Integrity'
Mar David Baker, 'Cultural sustainability: visual ethnography & Aboriginal empowerment using geospatial technology'
Mar Alan O'Connor, 'Studying Indigenous enterprise'
Feb Howard Harris, 'What's hot at the conferences'
Feb Corporate social responsibility engagement: development of a model and unintended research questions'


Nov Carmen Joham, 'Cross cultural leadership'
Nov Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, 'Hotel Bauen: a critical tourism/hospitality analysis'
Oct Tracey Bretag, 'Academic integrity project'
Oct Sukhbir Sandhu, 'Valuing ecosystem services and risks'
Sep Tony O'Malley. 'Regional market making'


Some highlights of the 2010 seminar program were:

December: Prof Rene ten Bos, professor of management at Radboud University, Nijmegen in the Netherlands, presented a seminar on 'The moral significance of gesture' in a double bill with Prof Ackroyd's seminar on 'More managerial mis-behaviour', both on 8 December. Rene also presented a seminar 'The animal genius and other explorations of philosophy' for the Hawke Research Institute and spoke on teaching business ethics to teaching staff from the Business and Society course.

December: Andrea Hausmann, Associate Professor of Cultural Management and Head of the Masters program 'Arts Management and Cultural Tourism', European University, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, presented a seminar 'Benefits and pitfalls of marketing the arts' on 9 December.

September: Dr Vandra Harris, Graduate Program in International Development, RMIT, gave a seminar on 'Australia's international policing: building local capacity?' The presentation examined Australian police officers' understanding of capacity building and their attitudes towards local counterparts.

June: As part of the virtue ethics book project Prof Geoff Moore, Professor of Business Ethics, Durham Business School, delivered a seminar on virtue in governance and Assoc Prof Leslie Sekerka from Menlo College, California delivered a seminar on positive psychology.


2009 monthly seminar series

Held on the second Tuesday of each month.

  • July: Jo Caust, 'White elephants or cultural incubators? Leadership challenge in major performing arts centres'
  • June book club: Alain de Botton's 'The pleasures and sorrows of work'
  • May: Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, 'Living stones and dead children: Palestine and the politics of terrorism'
  • April: Victoria Carrington, 'GIG and the Hawke'
  • March: Helen Rusak, 'Wild swans: traditional and feral music'
  • February: Howard Harris, 'Greed: whose greed are we worried about?'

The instrumentalising of arts and culture

A research symposium presented by GIG and the Arts and Cultural Management Program in the School of Management, University of South Australia, 4 May 2009, City West Campus

Keynote speaker: Professor Jim McGuigan, Loughborough University
Professor McGuigan provided the opening address for the symposium with a paper that focused on the subject of the 'creative class thesis and cultural policy'. This was followed by commentary and discussion led by other speakers from the industry and academia.
Jim McGuigan is Professor of Cultural Analysis in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. His interests cover contemporary social theory, cultural studies and policy, and television and representation. He has published a number of books, his best known being Cultural populism (1992). He has two new books coming out later this year: Cool capitalism (Pluto) and Cultural analysis (Sage).

How we value arts and culture

A seminar jointly sponsored by the School of Management and Arts SA, 3 February 2009

Keynote speaker: Professor John Holden. John is the former Head of Culture at Demos and is Visiting Professor at City University, London. Recent publications include Democratic culture, Culture and learning: towards a new agenda, Publicly funded culture and the creative industries, Cultural diplomacy, local authorities: change in the cultural climate?, Cultural value and the crisis of legitimacy, and Capturing cultural value.

Other speakers at the symposium included:

  • Assoc Prof Barry Burgan, Adelaide University
  • Assoc Prof Jo Caust, University of South Australia
  • Douglas Gautier, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust
  • Dr Hilary Glow, Deakin University
  • Assoc Prof Louise Johnson, Deakin University
  • Lisa Phillip-Harbutt, Community Arts Network South Australia


Plagiarism or the new literacy?

Dale Spender AM, renowned provocateur and author
Garry Allan, Project Manager for Academic ICT Integration at RMIT
A conversation in the Bradley Forum, City West campus, 22 July

Plagiarism can be defined as the new literacy of the digital age. The beyond exponential rate of technology change will continue to translate into social and academic constructs that impact profoundly on how learners build and evidence knowledge. Maintaining the values of academic integrity in an era of ubiquitous availability of digital technologies, it is important to consider that the now-global university sector is only beginning to consider the impact of digital systems. Universities are responsible for ensuring that their education and research practices are effective and meaningful, and that the standard of scholarship necessary to support evidence-based decision making is maintained by staff.

Virtues for sustainable management

David Dawson, University of Gloucestershire, UK
Presented by the Group for Research in Integrity and Governance and the Ethics Centre of SA, 5 June, City West Campus

What does it mean for management to be sustainable? What are the dispositions of character, practices or virtues that are important for those who seek to practice it? David Dawson has been looking at the role of virtues in management and at sustainability. This presentation considered how the development of management virtues can enhance sustainable management. David Dawson's main research interest is business ethics. In particular, he is investigating how virtues can help organisations become both more ethical and better at creating wealth.  David is at present head of the Human Resource Management department in the Gloucester Business School.

Tuesday seminar series

A regular seminar series, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5–6:30 pm, City West campus, allows members and other interested people to meet for informal discussion.

  • 12 August: 'Virtue ethics'. Discussion led by Howard Harris on Dobson's paper 'Applying virtue ethics to business'.
  • 8 July: Carmen Joham gave an outline of some of her research interests and how they are moving toward leadership and ethics.
  • 8 April: Chris Provis led a discussion of Goshal's paper 'Bad management theories are destroying good management practices'.

Areas of study and research

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