Virtual Talk - Order Overload? Demand Spikes and Labor Violations in Global Supply Chains
Fri, 12/18/20


Image of Order Overload? Demand Spikes and Labor Violations in Global Supply ChainsJoin Dr. Greg Distelhorst, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto for a conversation on "Order Overload? Demand Spikes and Labor Violations in Global Supply Chains. All are welcome.

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Global Supply Chains are plagued by violations of labor standards, including excessive hours of work and underpayment of wages. Operations research has investigated interventions to mitigate these violations but has generated less evidence on the extent to which buyers might cause violations through their actions in the supply chain. This study investigates whether variable buyer demand-specifically, spikes in deliveries-is associated with increases in labor violations.


Dr. Greg Distelhorst is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, appointed at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources and the Rotman School of Management. He is also an investigator with The Governance Project at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. His research focuses on global trade and worker rights, as well as politics and policy in contemporary China. It appears in peer-reviewed social science journals including the American Journal of Political ScienceManagement Science, Industrial and Labor Relations ReviewThe Journal of Politics, Perspectives on PoliticsComparative Political Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Distelhorst was previously a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He also lived in mainland China for five years, including fellowships through the U.S. Fulbright Program and the Yale-China Association. He received a BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University and a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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