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 the political role of corporations as well as global labour governance architecture. Another stream of her research examines intra-national variations of CSR notably in Japan. Dr Oka teaches Global Economy 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) and the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management (AOM).


Research interests

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Labour standards in global supply chains
  • Global labour governance
  • Political role of corporations
  • Mixed method

Research interests (continued)

I am part of the Garment supply chain governance project, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. This multi-country project examines the changing governance of labour standards in the global garment industry post-Rana Plaza. 

I am the Principal Investigator for "Scale matters: Scalability of business case programms in the global garment industry" funded by the C&A foundation. Together with Prof. Niklas Egels Zanden (Gothenburg University), I investigate the enabling and constraining factors for capacity building programmes to scale and examine their potential as well as limitations.


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