Professor Giovanna Michelon

Professor Giovanna Michelon

Professor Giovanna Michelon
Professor of Accounting

15-19 Tyndalls Park Road, Bristol,
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Telephone Number (0117) 39 40541

Department of Accounting and Finance


Corporate Social Responsibility and Disclosure

  • Social and Environmental Accounting, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Disclosure, Stakeholder Engagement

Corporate Governance and Accountability

  • Shareholder activism, Shareholder Engagement, Corporate Governance, Board of Directors, Transparency

Giovanna has established an excellent track record of publications on CSR and, mostly importantly, she has significantly contributed to an emerging strand on how corporate governance drives CSR. CSR is an interdisciplinary area that has been investigated across different epistemologies and methodological approaches. Giovanna has been able to combine a broad knowledge of the field (across disciplines and approaches), with solid and rigorous technical and methodological skills, thus being recognized as a leading scholar in the arena. Visit her Google Scholar Profile here. Her SSRN profile is here.


Latest publications

  1. Michelon, G, Patten, DM & Romi, AM, 2019, ‘Creating Legitimacy for Sustainability Assurance Practices: Evidence from Sustainability Restatements’. European Accounting Review, vol 28., pp. 395-422
  2. Michelon, G, Rodrigue, M & Trevisan, E, 2019, ‘The marketization of a social movement: Activists, shareholders and CSR disclosure’. Accounting, Organizations and Society.
  3. She, C & Michelon, G, 2019, ‘Managing stakeholder perceptions: Organized hypocrisy in CSR disclosures on Facebook’. Critical Perspectives on Accounting.
  4. Birkey, RN, Michelon, G, Patten, DM & Sankara, J, 2019, ‘Does assurance on CSR reporting enhance environmental reputation? An examination in the U.S. context’. Accounting Forum.
  5. Arena, C, Michelon, G & Trojanowski, G, 2018, ‘Big Egos Can Be Green: A Study of CEO Hubris and Environmental Innovation’. British Journal of Management, vol 29., pp. 316-336
  6. Schneider, T, Michelon, G & Paananen, M, 2018, ‘Questions environnementales et sociales dans l’information obligatoire communiquée par l’entreprise: Un bref essai’. Accounting Perspectives, vol 17., pp. 275-305
  7. Arena, C & Michelon, G, 2018, ‘A matter of control or identity? Family firms' environmental reporting decisions along the corporate life cycle’. Business Strategy and the Environment, vol 27., pp. 1596-1608
  8. Gomez-Carrasco, P & Michelon, G, 2017, ‘The Power of Stakeholders' Voice: The Effects of Social Media Activism on Stock Markets’. Business Strategy and the Environment, vol 26., pp. 855-872
  9. Schneider, T, Michelon, G & Maier, M, 2017, ‘Environmental liabilities and diversity in practice under international financial reporting standards’. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol 30., pp. 378-403
  10. Michelon, G, Pilonato, S, Ricceri, F & Roberts, RW, 2016, ‘Behind camouflaging: traditional and innovative theoretical perspectives in social and environmental accounting research’. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, vol 7., pp. 2-25
  11. Kumar, K, Boesso, G & Michelon, G, 2016, ‘How Do Strengths and Weaknesses in Corporate Social Performance Across Different Stakeholder Domains Affect Company Performance?’. Business Strategy and the Environment, vol 25., pp. 277-292
  12. Cho, CH, Michelon, G, Patten, DM & Roberts, RW, 2015, ‘CSR disclosure: The more things change…?’. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol 28., pp. 14-35
  13. Bozzolan, S, Fabrizi, M, Mallin, CA & Michelon, G, 2015, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Earnings Quality: International Evidence’. International Journal of Accounting, vol 50., pp. 361-396
  14. Michelon, G, Pilonato, S & Ricceri, F, 2015, ‘CSR reporting practices and the quality of disclosure: An empirical analysis’. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol 33., pp. 59-78
  15. Bozzolan, S, Cho, CH & Michelon, G, 2015, ‘Impression Management and Organizational Audiences: The Fiat Group Case’. Journal of Business Ethics, vol 126., pp. 143-165
  16. Michelon, G & Rodrigue, M, 2015, ‘Demand for CSR: Insights from Shareholder Proposals’. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, vol 35., pp. 157-175
  17. Boesso, G, Favotto, F & Michelon, G, 2015, ‘Stakeholder Prioritization, Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility and Company Performance: Further Evidence’. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, vol 22., pp. 424-440
  18. Cho, C, Michelon, G, Patten, D & Roberts, R, 2014, ‘CSR report assurance in the USA: An empirical investigation of determinants and effects’. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.
  19. Fabrizi, M, Mallin, C & Michelon, G, 2014, ‘The Role of CEO’s Personal Incentives in Driving Corporate Social Responsibility’. Journal of Business Ethics, vol 124., pp. 311-326
  20. Sarrica, M, Michelon, G, Bobbio, A & Ligorio, S, 2014, ‘Employer branding in nonprofit organizations. An exploration of factors that are related to attractiveness, identification with the organization, and promotion: The case of emergency’. TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, vol 21., pp. 3-20
  21. Mallin, C, Michelon, G & Raggi, D, 2013, ‘Monitoring Intensity and Stakeholders' Orientation: How Does Governance Affect Social and Environmental Disclosure?’. Journal of Business Ethics, vol 114., pp. 29-43
  22. Boesso, G, Kumar, K & Michelon, G, 2013, ‘Descriptive, instrumental and strategic approaches to corporate social responsibility: Do they drive the financial performance of companies differently?’. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.
  23. Michelon, G & Parbonetti, A, 2012, ‘The effect of corporate governance on sustainability disclosure’. Journal of Management and Governance, vol 16., pp. 477-509
  24. Cho, CH, Michelon, G & Patten, DM, 2012, ‘Impression management in sustainability reports: An empirical investigation of the use of graphs’. Accounting and the Public Interest, vol 12., pp. 16-37
  25. Mallin, CA & Michelon, G, 2011, ‘Board reputation attributes and corporate social performance: An empirical investigation of the US Best Corporate Citizens’. Accounting and Business Research, vol 41., pp. 119-144

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