rb @ auckland

Seminars and workshops

Vivek Soundararajan is Senior Lecturer in International Management at the University of Bath School of Management and member of the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society (CBOS). He conducts research on worker exploitation in supply chains, governance of decent work in supply chains, and hegemony, oppression and structural violence. His research has appeared in journals such as Journal of Operations Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of World Business and Human Relations. He has received awards and nominations from academic associations, journals and media, and acquired funding from both industries and research councils.

Informal labor intermediation is often portrayed as irresponsible or unethical, an important route through which lower-tier suppliers in global supply chains recruit workers. Not much attention has been given to how and when informal labor intermediation can be responsible. We address this gap through in-depth qualitative research of informal labor intermediation activities in a South Indian knitwear garment exporting cluster. We found four activities through which informal labor intermediation is performed, namely informal scoping, informal distributing, informal matchmaking, and informal consulting. Studying these activities through an economic-sociological understanding of value and value intermediation enabled us to identify that informal labor intermediation is responsible when both suppliers and worker communities seek plural value – which we refer to as value entanglement to suggest the influence of supply and demand-side value expectations on the nature of intermediation.

Date: Wednesday 21/October/2020
Time: 9:00-10:00 NZDT
Zoom link: contact Rudolf Sinkovics for details
Resources (slides,pdf) to be published here after the seminar

Principles of sustainable business

Rob van Tulder is a professor of International Business-Society Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). He is co-founder of RSM’s Department of Business-Society Management, and founder and academic director of The Partnerships Resource Centre, an expert centre bringing together leading NGOs, firms and governments in the study and management of cross-sector partnerships for the social good. Professor van Tulder has published extensively on topics of multinational enterprise strategies, high-tech industries, corporate social responsibility, issues management, skills, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies. He has received numerous accolades for his intellectual and societal contributions.

Companies are increasingly acknowledged as vital contributors to the global sustainability agenda. Their ability to innovate, scale and invest – alone and together with societal partners – potentially provides the means for developing business models that can seriously enhance sustainable development. Arguably the most important frame to achieve this ambition was introduced in 2015, through the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs-agenda defined not only goals and targets, but also the general principles to implement them up to 2030. According to modest estimates, realizing the SDGs provides a yearly US$12 trillion investment and growth opportunity, while creating hundreds of millions of jobs in the process. But the implementation pace is slow, and initiatives are fragmented. Companies are embracing the SDGs, yet in a reactive and modest manner. In this talk, Prof. van Tulder speaks about his forthcoming book “principles of sustainable business” which provides a timely account of the barriers and opportunities that need to be addressed in order to enhance the effectiveness of corporate involvement in the SDG endeavour.

Date/Time: Wednesday, 16/Sep/2020, 9:00-10:00 (NZDT)
Rob van Tulder (slides, pdf), 20200916

Topic modelling

Grigorij Ljubownikow is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Auckland Business School. His main research interest is in understanding how competition influences and is influenced by various aspects of firm strategy. He received his Ph.D. in International Business from the University of Auckland Business School. Before joining the Graduate School of Management, he was a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Department of Management and International Business. His current research revolves around the effect of multimarket interdependencies on competitive behaviour and how competitive pressures influence diversification, acquisitions, and alliance strategies. Email: g.ljubownikow@auckland.ac.nz , Web: https://www.business.auckland.ac.nz/people/glju001

Researchers in many domains are increasingly using computer-aided text analysis to incorporate machine-readable text as an additional source of information in their research. The aim of this seminar is to offer a peek into one particular way – topic modelling – in which such textual information can be used. After this seminar you will have a broad appreciation of what topic modelling is and what it does, specifically in which way the methodology can inform contemporary research. While examples of software that can be used will be provided, technical aspects are only a background context. Further resources and readings will be provided for those who are interested to dive into this methodology.

Topic modeling seminar (slides, pdf), 20200729