Professor Kate Kearins

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Professor of Management and Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Phone: +64 9 921 9711


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Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Journal of Management and Organization Editorial Board member
  • Organization and Environment Editorial Board member
  • Business and Society Editorial Board member
  • Journal of Management Education Editorial Board member
  • Management Communication Quarterly Editorial Board member
  • NZ Global Women member
  • Champions for Change Governance Group member
  • American Chamber of Commerce Board member
  • NZ Catholic Tertiary Education Establishment Board member


Kate began her career teaching in catholic primary schools in New Zealand and has twice spent time teaching at tertiary level in France. With masters degrees in French and in Management, her  PhD loosely combines the two disciplines. In 2003, she took up the position as Professor of Management at AUT, and has had roles as Head of the Management Department, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Associate Dean Research, and Deputy Dean. In July 2017, Kate was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

Research interests include both a critique of current business efforts toward sustainability and a celebration of what is possible. Kate has written a series of papers on business education for sustainability. Kate’s service record includes terms on the Marsden Social Sciences Panel, the Fulbright Awards Panel and the Business and Economics Panel for the 2012 PBRF assessment and the PBRF Sector Reference Group from 2014-2016. She sat on the Board of Governors for the US-based Academy of Management from 2011-2014 and was President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management in 2016.  Kate writes a monthly column ‘Managing for a Better World’ for Management magazine.

Teaching Areas:

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Environmental management and sustainability
  • Strategic management

Research Areas:

  • Business and sustainability
  • Corporate social responsibility and environmental management
  • Social and environmental entrepreneurship
  • Stakeholder engagement, collaboration and accountability
  • Education for sustainability
  • Research and publication ethics

Research Summary:

Interests in Research Supervision:

  • Sustainability, social and environmental responsibility in business and local government organisations in particular, and across sectors
  • Stakeholder engagement and cross sectoral collaboration
  • Business education
  • Interpretive, discourse analytical and case research

Current Research Projects:

  • Stakeholder engagement and sustainability
  • Social entrepreneurship


  1. Tregidga, H., Milne, M. & Kearins, K. (2018). Ramping up resistance: Corporate sustainable development and academic research. Business and Society. 57(2), 292-334. DOI: 10.1177/0007650315611459
  2. Luke, B., Kearins, K. & Verreynne, M-L. (2017). “Pushing the boundaries” versus identifying the boundaries: An institutional perspective on NPM principles. Australian Accounting Review 27(3), 285-296.
  3. Collins, E., Kearins, K., Tregidga, H. & Bowden, S. (2016). Selling All Good: How small new entrants can compete. The CASE Journal. 12(3), 374-398.
  4. Abeydeera, S., Tregidga, H. & Kearins K. (2016) Does Buddhism enable a different sustainability ethic at work? Journal of Corporate Citizenship. 623, 109-130.
  5. Abeydeera, S., Tregidga, H. & Kearins K. (2016). Sustainability reporting: More global than local? Meditari Accounting Research, 24(4), 478-504.
  6. Kearins, K, Tregidga, H. & Collins, E. (2015). Miranda Brown and the passion to make fashion sustainable. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 57, 115-134.
  7. Herdering, K., Corner, T. & Kearins, K. (2015). Social, environmental and sustainable entrepreneurship research: What is needed for sustainability-as-flourishing? Organization and Environment, 28(4), 394-413.
  8. Byrch, C., Milne, M., Morgan, R. & Kearins, K. (2015). Seeds of hope? Exploring business actors’ diverse understandings of sustainable development. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 28(5), 671-1438.
  9. Tregidga, H., Milne, M. & Kearins, K. (2014). (Re)presenting sustainable organizations. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 39, 477-494. (Dean’s Premier Publication Award).
  10. Tregidga, H., Milne, M. & Kearins, K. (2014). (Re)presenting sustainable organizations. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 39, 477-494.
  11. Tregidga, H., Kearins, K. & Milne, M. (2013). The politics of knowing ‘organizational sustainable development’. Organization and Environment, 26 (1), 102-129.
  12. Luke, B. & Kearins, K. (2012). Attribution of words versus attribution of responsibilities: Academic plagiarism and university practice, Organization, 19 (6), 881-889.