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Managing Ethical Supply Chain Risks Using Traditional Collaborative Approaches

Project Description

Project reference number: GSBS-2019-120

The nature of the risks present in the supply chain is ever changing. One of the modern day concerns of the supply chains is to manage the ethical risks including sensitive issues such as child labour exploitation, modern-day slavery, and human trafficking. Use of modern-day technologies such as block chains, and implementing good governance are a few of the strategies that are often referred to as some of the solutions approaches. However, despite these efforts, the ethical risks emerge in different forms at a different point in time. Moreover, with the advent of new GDPR, restrictions are applied to data availability/sharing. This has the potential to impede the management of the ethical risks in the supply chain under consideration. Thus, the present research would be investigating if the traditional supply chain strategies such as having a collaborative relation would be re2qiured to overcome the barriers and facilitate the advantages of the previously mentioned strategies to gain more insight into those risk areas and implement the proactive mitigating strategies.

The proposed methodology is expected to be a mixed method approach with a qualitative exploration of the problem in the first phase followed by more scientific model development. The skill set required included the ability to conduct qualitative interviews and the ability to apply quantitative techniques (such as analytical modelling, heuristics etc depending on the scope of the study to be defined at a later stage of the project). Although the methodological choice has been suggested, the actual selection could be clearly defined at a later stage of the research depending on the nature of the research question. The supervisory team would be interested to have a more detailed proposal with clearly defined scope and with the details of the corresponding methodological choice.

Supervisor Research Profiles

Director of Studies: Dr. Niladri Palit
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2nd Supervisor: Dr. Karen Fryer
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How to apply

This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2019

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply:

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.

Please send any other enquiries regarding your application to:

Funding Notes

Exceptional candidates will be put forward for the scholarship competition. The Scholarship packages available include fully funded studentships and fees only scholarships. The fully funded studentships are worth £19,300 per year for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress. They cover payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,800.

For further details on funding see View Website

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