Modern slavery as a management practice: exploring the conditions and capabilities for human exploitation

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Abstract

Scant attention has been paid to the phenomenon of modern slavery in the management literature. This article redresses this by identifying modern slavery as a management practice comprising exploiting/insulating capabilities and sustaining/shaping capabilities. I present a model specifying how these microorganization-level capabilities enable enterprises that deploy slavery to take advantage of the macroinstitutional conditions that permit the practice to flourish in the face of widespread illegality and illegitimacy. I then advance potential implications for management theory and suggestions for further theoretical and empirical research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-69
Number of pages21
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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