Projects

Effective participation of Thai civil society organisations in governance of fisheries and marine resources in Thailand

Investigators: Assoc. Professor Vikram Bhakoo

Partners: Oxfam

Year: 2018

Modern slavery and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is attracting significant international attention in Thailand.  To address this issue, local Thai NGOs and other Thai civil society organisations are playing a pivotal role.  This baseline study aims to provide an objective and academically informed account of the current transformative capacity of the Association of the Thai Fisherfolk Federations (ATFF) and Thai civil society organisations that can ultimately contribute to more socially and environmentally sound practices in the Thai fishing sector.  We will assess how the ATFF and other civil society organisations engage with policy makers and use policy spaces at provincial and national fisheries committees, identify opportunities and recommend governance frameworks for NGOs and the private sector.  The findings from this study will inform public policy on establishing appropriate frameworks and governance mechanisms to address modern slavery and illegal fishing.

Understanding entrepreneurial choices on opportunity evaluations and exploitations

Investigators: Dr Niharika Garud; Professor Danny Samson

Partners: Jobs for NSW; Stone and Chalk; LaunchVic

Year: 2018

This project investigates the decision-making processes used by entrepreneurs when evaluating new venturing opportunities.  Specifically, we are studying how past entrepreneurial experiences and dimensions of opportunity influence future entrepreneurial decisions.  With our partner organizations in Australia, we will be gathering data from entrepreneurs across all Australian territories in several industry sectors.  This research will deepen our understanding of mechanisms-based entrepreneurial decision-making; make theoretical contributions to the field of entrepreneurship; and inform policy on entrepreneurship processes and practices in Australia.  Our findings will give existing and aspiring entrepreneurs a better understanding of the decision-making processes that are critical to their opportunity evaluation and exploitation activities.

Supply chain digitalization: an Australian perspective

Investigators: Dr Zahra Seyedghorban; Professor Danny Samson

Partner: Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Australasia (CIPSA)

Year: 2018

This project aims to investigate the capabilities of Australian businesses to implement Industry 4.0 automation, artificial intelligence, and data analytics tools to their supply chain management.  Organisations that digitalise their supply chains can monitor all aspects of their logistics in real time and swiftly move resources to where they are needed, reducing costs, improving productivity and profits, reducing waste and improving sustainability. Working with pioneering partner organisations to understand the challenges faced in digitalising supply chain management, outcomes from this research will inform government and industry policy and promote uptake of Industry 4.0 technologies by businesses.

Dial Before You Dig

Investigators: Dr Niharika Garud; Professor Danny Samson

Partner/Sponsor: Dial Before You Dig

Year: 2018

CWL is undertaking research for Dial Before You Dig (DYBD) to determine the value creation and process improvement potential of DBYD services.  The researchers are investigating the level of awareness of DBYD services across various groups, such as farmers, home owners, roads and construction sectors.  The study will identify what enhances and what inhibits people using the service; the perceived and actual benefits; the relationship between use of DBYD services and reduced damage to infrastructure; and the benefit to cost ratio of DBYD activities.

Unplugging social sustainability challenges in the supply chain: Risks and mitigation strategies

Investigators: Assoc. Professor Vikram Bhakoo; Dr Zahra Seyedghorban; Dr Sri Talluri

Year: 2017 – 2018

This project investigates the intersection of supply chain risk and social sustainability.  In attempting to understand the social sustainability challenges and develop risk mitigation strategies, we take a broader perspective on social sustainability to include challenges related to modern slavery, human rights violations and humanitarian supply chains.  This research will help Australian businesses, particularly those in the grocery, clothing, construction and consumer electronics industries, and their extended supply chains to respond to impending regulatory pressures such as the Modern Slavery Act, and to develop appropriate responses and risk mitigation strategies and leadership capabilities.