Dr. Schleper was hosted by Prof. Andreas Eckhardt and his team from the Department of Information Systems, Production and Logistics Management at the University of Innsbruck.
During his stay, Dr. Schleper presented an overview of topics around responsibility transcendence in supply chain management, with a strong focus on the topic of conflict minerals. Following the talk, the audience, consisting of faculty members and PhD students, lively discussed different approaches to ethical supply chain management and operational and perspectives on conflict materials. Several faculty members were keen on discussing more detailed questions about potential collaborations.
Additionally, Dr. Schleper and Prof. Eckhardt had the opportunity to move forward with their joint research project "Between caring and denying - The role of conflict minerals and unfair working conditions for technology use". Inspired by Dr. Martin Schleper's talk on "Transcending Corporate Responsibility? The Context of Conflict Minerals" they decided to further study consumers’ awareness and denial with regard to the use of conflict minerals, which are important raw materials for the production of IT devices. "Although it has been shown that these conflict minerals are mined under inhumane conditions, consumers do not seem to care about this issue." says Prof. Eckhardt. Thus, they are planning on developing an empirical study to investigate the underlying reasons for consumers' attitude and behavior.
BritInn was delighted to have Dr. Schleper here in Innsbruck and is excited for future projects in this research area!
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