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Colleen MILLS

International Affiliate Faculty

Professeur - Comportement organisationnel et leadership
Université de Canterbury, Nouvelle Zélande


Changement organisationnel
Communication des organisations
Communication de crise
Petites et moyennes entreprises
Industries créatives
Création de sens



Curriculum vitae

Université de Canterbury, Nouvelle Zélande (2000)

M.Ed. avec distinction
Université de Canterbury (1991)

Université de Canterbury (1983)

Massey Université (1980)


Articles récents


Rogers, P., Lawry, J., Dragisic, J. & Mills, C. (2016). Collaboration and communication: Building a research agenda and way of working towards community disaster resilience. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 25(1), 75-90.

Arnaud, N., Mills, C. E. & Legrand, C. (2016). Liberation through narrativity: A case of organization reconstruction through strategic storytelling. Revue Management International, 20(2), 107-118.

Arnaud, N., Mills, C. E. Legrand., C, & Maton, E. (2016). Materialising strategy in mundane tools: The key to coupling global strategy and local strategy practice? British Journal of Management, 27(1): 38-57.

Baruch, Y., Wordsworth, R., Mills, C. E. & Wright, S. (2016). Career and work attitudes of blue-collar workers and the impact of a natural disaster chance event on the relationships between intention to quit and actual quit behaviour. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25(3), 459-473.


Mills, C. E. (2012). Navigating the interface between design education and fashion business start-up. Education + Training, 54(8/9), 761-777.

Mills, C. & Pawson, K. (2012). Integrating motivation, risk-taking and self-identity: A typology of ICT enterprise development narratives. International Small Business Journal, 30(5), 584-606.

Arnaud, N., & Mills, C. E. (2012). Understanding Inter-Organizational Agency: A Communication Perspective, Group and Organization Management, 37(4), 452-485.


Mills, C.E. (2011). Enterprise orientations: A framework for making sense of fashion sector start-up. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 17(3), 245-271.

Mills, C. E. (2011). Grappling with the dark side of organizations. Australian Journal of Communication. 38(1), 1-19.


Mills, C. E. (2010). Experiencing gossip: The foundations for a theory of embedded organizational gossip. Group and Organizational Management, 35(2)), 213-240.


Mills, C. E. (2009). Making organisational communication meaningful: Reviewing the key features of a model of sensemaking about change communication. Australian Journal of Communication, 36(2), 111-126.

O’Sullivan, J., & Mills, C. E. (2009). The Maori cultural institution of hui: When meeting means more than a meeting. Communication Journal of New Zealand, 10(2), 18-39.


Dowman, N., & Mills, C. E. (2008). Language at work in education: An exploratory study of education professionals’ sensemaking about media reports involving blame. Communication Journal of New Zealand, 9(1), 11-30.


Mills, C. E. (2007). Ideational elements: A window on sensemaking about change. Australian Journal of Communication, 34(2), 13-38.


Mills, C. E. (2006). Penetrating discourses: The key to empowerment and collaborative action, Australian Journal of Communication, 33(2,3), 1-6.

Mills, C. E., & Pawson, K. (2006). Enterprising talk: A case of self construction. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 12(6), 328-344.

Mills, C. E. (2006). Modeling sensemaking about communication: How affect and intellect combine. Southern Review, 38(2), 9-23

Publications récentes


Mills, C. E. (2016). Activity Theory. In C. Scott and L. K. Lewis (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell-ICA.

Mills, C.E. (2016). Telling tales: Some implications for response agencies from stories of informal personal communication in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. In C.M. Hall, S. Malinen, R. Vosslamber and R. Wordsworth (Ed.), Business and post-disaster management: Business, organisational and consumer resilience and the Christchurch earthquakes (pp. 167-178). Abingdon: Routledge.


Mills, C. E. (2014). Becoming strategic in small businesses. In K. Todorov and D. Smallbone (Eds), Handbook of strategic management in small and medium enterprises: Theory and practice (pp. 160-179). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Mills, C.E. (2012). Navigating the tension between global and local: A communication perspective. In J. Buckingham and V. Nilakant (Eds.), Managing Responsibly: New Ethical and Cultural Perspectives on Corporate Management and Governance. (pp. 139-164). Farnham: Gower.


Mills, C.E. (2011). Coping with the cutting edge: Enterprise orientations and the creative challenges of start-up in the fashion design sector in New Zealand. In C. Henry and A. de Bruin (Eds.), Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy: Process, Practice and Policy. (pp.169-200).Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Crossman, J., Bordia, S., & Mills, C. E. (2011). Business communication for the global age. Melbourne: McGraw-Hill.


Mills, C. E. (2009). A Case Of Making Sense of Organisational Communication. In O.Hargie and D. Tourish (eds.). Auditing organizational communication (pp. 370-390). UK: Routledge.


Mills, C. (2007). One size does not fit all: Change communication surrounding a CEO departure. In D. Page & T. Zorn (Eds.) Communication and organisations: Case studies in New Zealand and Australia. (pp. 66-71). North Shore, NZ: Pearson.

Mills, C. (2007). Planning organisational change communication at Mainland Training. In D. Page & T. Zorn (Eds.) Communication and organisations: Case studies in New Zealand and Australia. North Shore, NZ: Pearson.

Nombreuses communications au sein de :

  • Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
  • Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
  • International Symposium on Process Organization Studies (PROS)
  • International Council for Small Business World Conference (ICSB)
  • Annual International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
  • International Studying Leadership Conference
  • European Academy of Management
  • Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS)
  • European Academy of Management (EURAM)

Scientific activities

Rédactrice en chef  de Communication Research and Practice

Membre des comités éditoriaux des revues:

  • Communication Research and Practice (CRP)
  • Group and Organization Management (GOM)
  • Communication Journal of New Zealand (CJNZ)
  • Journal of International Education in Business (JIEB)
  • Board-Member-at-Large of International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Executive Member and Past President (2005-6) of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)

Awards and Honors

2014: EURAM Strategic Management SIG Best paper Award (Strategic Processes, Practices and Implementation Track) for a paper entitled “Liberation through narrativity: A case of organization reconstruction through strategic storytelling” (Co-authored with Nicolas Arnaud and Celine Legrand).

2013: Best Macro Paper Award for 2012, Group and Organization Management. (4-star Sage publication) for a paper entitled “Understanding Inter-Organizational Agency: A Communication Perspective” (Co-authored woth Nicolas Arnaud).

2012: Outstanding paper of the Year Award winner for a paper entitled “Enterprise orientations: A framework for making sense of fashion sector start-up.”
This was published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research (2011). The award was presented at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012.

2008: Best Paper Award in Entrepreneurship, Small Business & Family Enterprise Stream Stream, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Auckland, NZ.

2006: Top Paper Award in Business Birthrate Strategy, Start-ups and Incubation Track, Institute for Small Business and Enterprise Conference, Cardiff, UK.

2006: University of Canterbury Teaching Award

1998: Visiting Scholar Award, Centre for Instructional Development and Research, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

1988: Visiting Fellowship in Education Award, Education Department, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ