Dr Chikako Oka

Personal profile

Dr Oka is interested in the antecedents, mechanisms, and consequences of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in general and better labour conditions in global supply chains in particular. She has published articles examining how international buyers and labour unions influence working conditions in garment supply chains in South East Asia. She is also interested in how corporate reputation and status affect the extent to which firms engage in CSR. Another stream of her research examines national variations in CSR with a focus on Japan. Dr Oka teaches Business in Context and International Strategy.

Dr Oka received her PhD from the London School of Economics. Her PhD dissertation on labour standard compliance and the role of buyers won several prizes, notably the Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) in 2010 and the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management (AOM)in 2009.


Research interests

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Labour standards in global supply chains
  • Buyer supplier relationship
  • Reputation and status
  • Mixed method

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