Global North and Global South Evaluations of Post-rana Plaza Safety Initiatives

Erin Leitheiser, Jette Steen Knudsen, Jeremy Moon

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the literature on international supply chain governance through a comparative analysis of Global North and Global South media evaluations of supply chain initiatives in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry, 2013 – 2019. It presents an analysis of media coverage of the initiatives over three periods (inception, operationalization, transition). It focuses on three main forms of evaluation: the relative amount of coverage given to the initiatives over the three periods (prominence); the normative assessment of the initiatives, whether positive, negative, neutral, or mixed (valence); and the focal issues of evaluation (themes). It finds significant variation in coverage. Global North media focused on coverage in the initiatives’ inception phase with reference to the themes of responsibility, liability and ownership. In contrast, Global South media focused on the operationalization of the initiatives with reference to themes of remediation and compliance. We argue that these findings powerfully reflect imbalances in the de-sign of supply chain governance systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management - Online
Duration: 29 Jul 20214 Aug 2021
Conference number: 81
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Conference

ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021
Number81
LocationOnline
Period29/07/202104/08/2021
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN2151-6561

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