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Field opacity and practice-outcome decoupling: private regulation of labor standards in global supply chains

Kuruvilla, Sarosh, Liu, Mingwei, Li, Chunyun and Chen, Wansi (2020) Field opacity and practice-outcome decoupling: private regulation of labor standards in global supply chains. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 73 (4). pp. 841-872. ISSN 0019-7939

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0019793920903278

Abstract

Although firms in diverse industries increasingly adopt private regulation of labor standards for workers in their global supply chains, growing scholarly evidence suggests that this approach has not generated sustainable improvements in working conditions for those workers. The authors draw on recent developments in institutional theory regarding the development of opaque institutional fields that cause the decoupling between practices and outcomes to develop a new explanation for the lack of sustainable improvement in labor practices in supply chains. Using qualitative and quantitative data from a global apparel supplier and a global home products retailer, they demonstrate the various ways in which opacity causes decoupling between private regulation practices of global firms and outcomes for workers in supply chains.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/ilr
Additional Information: © 2020 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 08:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101169

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