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Are overseas sweatshops a wicked problem and does it matter? The case of ready-made garments sector in Bangladesh

conference contribution
posted on 12.05.2020, 00:00 by Sardana Khan, Julian Teicher
Recurrent tragedies in factories across Asia in recent years have prompted efforts by the ‘big fashion brands’ to shore up their image in the face of adverse publicity and potential consumer boycotts. These events highlight widespread nonconformity with the United Nations’ 8th sustainable Development Goal and International Labour Organisation’s ‘Decent Work’ agenda. This study explores the controversial issue of overseas sweatshops through the much-discussed case of the Bangladeshi RMG sector. We argue that the complexity and conflicting interests of multiple stakeholders have turned the issue of RMG sweatshops into a wicked problem for both emerging and advanced economies. Implications have been drawn for the policy makers by applying systems thinking and iceberg model to configure and address this wicked problem.

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Start Page

1232

End Page

1232

Number of Pages

1

Start Date

03/12/2019

Finish Date

06/12/2019

ISBN-13

9780648110958

Location

Cairns, Qld., Australia

Publisher

Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Online

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

33rd ANZAM Conference

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CQUniversity

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