Conference Presentations

Elke Schüßler presented the paper "Spillover Effects Across Transnational Industrial Relations Agreements: The Potential and Limits of Collective Action in Global Supply Chains" at the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) European Congress, 5-7 September 2019, Düsseldorf.

Rachel Alexander presented our "Final Report" at the 6th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network, July 8-10 2019, Geneva.

Rachel Alexander and Sarah Ashwin presented the paper "Understanding the Emergence of Supply Chain Governance Institutions in Liberal Market Economies and Coordinated Market Economies", coauthored with Nora Lohmeyer and Niklas Egels-Zanden at the 35th EGOS Colloquium, 4-6 July 2019, Edinburgh.

Chikako Oka and Rachel Alexander presented the paper "Beyond Workplace Compliance? Portfolios of Buyer Engagement in Labour Standards in Global Garment Production" at the  Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Conference, 27-29 June 2019, New York.

Sarah Ashwin presented the paper "Varieties of Policy-Practice Decoupling Regarding Labor Standards in Global Garment Supply Chains: Comparing lead firms in Germany and the UK" at the  Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Conference, 27-29 June 2019, New York.

Stephen Frenkel presented the paper " Regulation of Global Production Networks for Realising Human Rights in Bangladesh", co-authored with Shahidur Rahman and Mahmudur Rahman at the Australian Human Rights and Business Conference, 14 May 2019, Sydney. 

Stephen Frenkel presented the paper "Labour Governance in Garment Global Production Networks in Bangladesh", co-authored with Shahidur Rahman and Mahmudur Rahman at the Association of American Geographers’ Conference, 4 April 2019, Washington.

Shahidur Rahman presented the paper “Governing Labour Standards for Social Sustainability in Garment Global Production Networks: Perspectives from Below” at the International Conference on Sustaining Global Garment Industry, Aalborg University, 5-7 March 2019.

Chikako Oka presented the paper "Why do Firms support Transnational Industrial Relations Arrangements? A Processual Lens", co-authored with Sarah Ashwin, Elke Schüßler, Rachel Alexander and Nora Lohmeyer at the Business & Society Research Seminar, ESCP Europe, 24 January 2019, Paris.

Sarah Ashwin and Rachel Alexander presented "Snapshot: New insights? Labour governance in the garment industry" at the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, 26-28 November 2018, Geneva.

Elke Schüßler presented the paper "Mobilizing and Organizing for Transnational Solidarity: The Case of ExChains", co-authored with Nora Lohmeyer and Markus Helfen at the Momentum-Conference, 18-21 October 2018, Hallstatt.

Rachel Alexander presented the paper "Understanding the Emergence of Supply Chain Governance Institutions in Liberal Market Economies and Coordinated Market Economies", co-authored with Sarah Ashwin, Niklas Egels-Zandén, and Nora Lohmeyer at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) conference, 22-25 August 2018, Hamburg.

Elke Schüßler and Nora Lohmeyer presented the paper "Why do Firms Support Transnational Industrial Relations Arrangements? A Processual Lens", co-authored with Sarah Ashwin, Chikako Oka, and Rachel Alexander at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), 10-14 August 2018, Chicago, IL.

Elke Schüßler and Nora Lohmeyer presented the paper "Intraorganizational Tensions around being Good: Structures and Practices or Organizing Purchasing and CSR in Garment Retailers and Brands", co-authored with Sarah Ashwin and Rachel Alexander at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), 10-14 August 2018, Chicago, IL.

Elke Schüßler and Nora Lohmeyer presented the paper "Challenging the Functionality of Audits: Examining the Bureaucratization of Risks with Franz Kafka" at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), 10-14 August 2018, Chicago, IL.

Chikako Oka presented the paper "Transnational Industrial Relations in the Global Garment Industry: Pathways beyond the Accord?", co-authored with Sarah Ashwin, Elke Schüßler, Rachel Alexander and Nora Lohmeyer at the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Annual Meeting, 14-16 June 2018, Baltimore, MD.

Steve Frenkel presented the paper "After Rana Plaza: Governance, Processes and Effects in Bangladesh’s Garment Export Factories", coathored with Shahidur Rahman and Mahmudur Rahman at the Workshop "5 Years After Rana Plaza: Consequences for Labor Standards Improvements in Garment Supply Chains", 27-28 April 2018, Berlin.

Naila Kabeer presented the paper "Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives in Bangladesh in the Aftermath of Rana Plaza: Global Norms and Workers' Perspectives" at the Workshop "5 Years After Rana Plaza: Consequences for Labor Standards Improvements in Garment Supply Chains", 27-28 April 2018, Berlin.

Shahidur Rahman and Mahmudur Rahman presented the paper "Multi-Actor Co-Responsibility Initiatives in the Global Garment Value Chain: Perspective from Bangladesh Garment Factory Management" at the Workshop "5 Years After Rana Plaza: Consequences for Labor Standards Improvements in Garment Supply Chains", 27-28 April 2018, Berlin.

Sarah Ashwin, Rachel Alexander, Nora Lohmeyer, Chikako Oka and Elke Schüßler presented the paper "Why do Firms Support Transnational Industrial Relations Arrangements? A Processual Lens" at the Workshop "5 Years After Rana Plaza: Consequences for Labor Standards Improvements in Garment Supply Chains", 27-28 April 2018, Berlin.

Elke Schüßler and Nora Lohmeyer presented the paper "Challenging the Functionality of Audits: Examining the Bureaucratization of Risks of Industrial Accidents through the Eyes of Franz Kafka" at the Annual Meeting of the Kommission Organisation, WK ORG, 16 February 2018, Hamburg.

Rachel Alexander presented the paper "GPN Governance and Labour Standards: A Comparative Institutionalist Perspective", co-authored with Sarah Ashwin, Niklas Egels Zandén, Stephen Frenkel, Nora Lohmeyer, Chikako Oka, and Elke Schüßler at the Conference on Global Production (CGP), 6 - 8 December 2017, Singapore.

Stephen Frenkel presented the paper "Governing Labour Standards in Garment Global Production Networks", co-authored with Shahidur Rahman, Mahmudur Rahman, and Jaco Fourie at the Conference on Global Production (CGP), 6 - 8 December 2017, Singapore.

Sarah Ashwin presented the paper "Opening the Black Box of Interfirm and Firm-Union Relationships in the Global Garment Industry through a study of the Accord," co-authored by Elke Schüßler, Rachel Alexander, Chikako Oka, and Nora Lohmeyer at a workshop at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 16 November 2017, Cambridge, MA.

Nora Lohmeyer presented the paper “Analysing the Evolving Texture of Transnational Industrial Relations: Opening the Black Box of Interfirm and Firm-Union Relationships in the Global Garment Industry,” written together with Elke Schüßler, Sarah Ashwin, Chika Oka, and Rachel Alexander at the Annual Conference of the German Industrial Relations Association (GIRA), 19 - 20 October 2017, Duisburg.

Rachel Alexander presented the paper “Analysing the Evolving Texture of Transnational Industrial Relations: Opening the Black Box of Interfirm and Firm-Union Relationships in the Global Garment Industry,” written together with Elke Schüßler, Sarah Ashwin, Chika Oka, and Nora Lohmeyer, at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in the panel “Advancing global production networks research: progress and prospects (6): Global production networks: labour dimensions,“ 29 August - 1 September 2017, London.

Sarah Ashwin and Rachel Alexander presented a paper on "Intraorganizational Tensions around being Good: Structures and Practices of Organizing Purchasing and CSR in Garment Retailers and Brands," written together with Elke Schüßler, Nora Lohmeyer, and Stephen Frenkel, at the EGOS-conference, sub-theme 32: Organizations as Open Polities: Struggles in the Good Organization, 5 - 8 July 2017, Copenhagen.

Elke Schüßler and Chika Oka presented a paper on "Towards Transnational Collaborative Industrial Relations: Analyzing the Evolving Relationships among Lead Firms and Unions in the Global Garment Industry," written together with Sarah Ashwin, Rachel Alexander, and Nora Lohmeyer, at the the EGOS-conference, sub-theme 02: (SWG) The Role of Organized Labour in and around the MNC, 5 - 8 July 2017, Copenhagen.

Rachel Alexander presented a paper "Towards Transnational Collaborative Industrial Relations: Analyzing the Evolving Relationships among Lead Firms and Unions in the Global Garment Industry," written together with Elke Schüßler, Sarah Ashwin, Chika Oka, and Nora Lohmeyer, at the 5th conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network organized by International Labour Office (ILO), session on "Governance to Promote Decent Work in GSCs," 3 - 5 July 2017, Geneva.

Steve Frenkel presented a paper "Between Lead Firms and Institutional Ensembles: Labour and Safety Practices in Bangladeshi Garment Export Factories," written togehter with Shahidur Rahman, Mahmudur Rahman, and Jaco Fourie, at the 5th conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network organized by International Labour Office (ILO), session on "Assessing the effects of supply chain regulation," 3 - 5 July 2017, Geneva.

Sarah Ashwin presented first results on "Changing Governance Systems for Labour: UK's Garment Supply Chains" at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Conference, 29 June - 1 July 2017, Lyon.

Elke Schüßler and Nora Lohmeyer presented first results on "Changing Governance Systems for Labour: Germany's Garment Supply Chains" at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Conference, 29 June - 1 July 2017, Lyon.

Stephen Frenkel, Kazi Mahmudur Rahman, and Shahidur Rachman presented first insights from the management survey "Changing Governance Systems and Their Impact on Bangladesh Garment Export Factory Building and Labour Standards" at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Conference, 29 June - 1 July 2017, Lyon.

Rachel Alexander presented one of our working papers at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)-workshop, 25 - 28 April 2017, Nottingham.

Elke Schüßler presented our pilot study “Changes in the Governance of Garment Supply Chains: Rana Plaza as a Focusing Event?,” written together with Steve Frenkel and Chris Wright, at the workshop of the Scientific Commission Organization (WK ORG), 16 - 17 February 2017, Hamburg.

Chika Oka presented first findings of our project at the OECD roundtable on “Due diligence in the garment and footwear sector,” 8 - 9 February 2017, Paris.

Elke Schüßler presented our pilot study “Changes in the Governance of Garment Supply Chains: Rana Plaza as a Focusing Event?,” written together with Steve Frenkel and Chris Wright, at the Momentum16 Conference, 13 - 16 October 2016, Hallstatt.

Elke Schüßler, Naila Kabeer, and Steve Frenkel presented their work at the special workshop "Regulating Labour in Garment Supply Chains in the wake of the Rana Plaza Disaster" at 17th International Labour and Employment Relations Association's (ILERA) World Congress, 7 - 11 September 2015, Cape Town, South Africa.