Hong T.M. Bui

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Employing a systems perspective on tensions and informed by modern slavery theory, this study’s design involves theoretical, methodological, and data triangulation. It investigates a wicked issue of modern slavery in the Vietnamese immigrant nail-beauty community in the UK from multiple actors. The data were collected from nail bar owners, immigrant workers, their families in Vietnam, social workers, and court interpreters, and other sources of social media, and mass media. The blending strategies of zooming in and zooming out allow to understand the views of various stakeholders better and see the interconnectedness among those stakeholders. The rigorous data and multiple qualitative methods reveal patterns of exploitations among immigrants, business owners, and government systems under the name of modern slavery. The findings challenge the modern slavery theory by showing that it may not fully explain the phenomenon of modern slavery in a complex context. The tensions of the government’s tackling modern slavery when linking to immigration management open door for the development of systems counterintuitive behaviors to explain the wicked issue of modern slavery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2021
Event81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management, AoM 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Jul 20214 Aug 2021


Conference81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management, AoM 2021
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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