Management and International Business

What is being done, and what should be done, to modern slavery in MNCs’ supply chains?

Supervisor

Assoc. Prof. Christina Stringer
Faculty of Business
Project code: BUS007

The International Labour Organisation estimates there are 16 million victims of forced labour – a form of modern slavery – in the private sector. Increasingly multinational corporations (MNCs) are being implicated for sourcing products produced by slave labour.

Not many people, including millennials, are aware that modern slavery exists yet alone is thriving. Others, who know of it, often prefer not to think about how goods produced by slave labour are used and consumed in our everyday lives. This is changing. Governments are introducing legislation requiring MNCs to report on efforts to address transparency in their supply chains. In some cases, governments have been encouraged to do so by MNCs themselves. Consumers are taking a stand - lawsuits have been filed against MNCs sourcing products produced by slave labour.

The scholarship student will assist with gathering documents, videos, and research material related to how stakeholders are responding to modern slavery in supply chains. The student will be a temporary member of the collaborative research group “People and International Business”, comprising scholars from the University of Auckland Business School who conduct research on labour exploitation and modern slavery.

Profiling resilience to climate change in New Zealand’s primary industries

Supervisor

Dr Daniel Tisch
Faculty of Business
Project code: BUS008

Climate change effects the productivity of New Zealand’s dairy, meat, wine, wool and horticulture industries. Resilience to drought, flood, fire, sea-rise and extreme temperature fluctuations are part of New Zealand’s National Science Challenge programme. Building on international research for resilience and data previously collected across rural communities in New Zealand, this project aims to profile the challenge for New Zealand’s primary industries.

The goals for the NHSRS student are: (1) to compile secondary data from industry sources and crown research institutes using NVivo software and (2) to assist the lead researcher in coding resilience capabilities. The anticipated output from the student is a progress report for these goals, which may be structured to fulfil requirements for academic credit from the student’s home university.

Who should we help? An exploration of diversification in non-profit organisations

Supervisor

Dr Grigorij Ljubownikow
Faculty of Business
Project code: BUS010

In this project, you will contribute to a wider research program that explores how non-profit organisations and charities diversify their activities. The primary goal of the scholarship project is to support data collection and analysis. Initially, this will involve web scraping information about the activities of non-profit organisations in New Zealand and building up a dataset from the extracted information. In the second stage, you will be involved in applying text mining algorithms such as topic modelling to extract meaning from the data. In the process, you will learn how to use the R statistical language (training will be provided for suitable candidates). Apart from gaining or refining your technical computer skills, you will learn about the research process. Specifically, how a research question translates into a data collection procedure and subsequently into answers to the question.