WOW Seminar - 'Experimental institution building: The transnational multi-actor governance response to the Rana Plaza disaster'

WOW Seminar - 'Experimental institution building: The transnational multi-actor governance response to the Rana Plaza disaster'

Principal speaker

Associate Professor Juliane Reinecke

Abstract: In April 2013, the Rana Plaza building complex, which housed multiple apparel factories, collapsed, leaving 1129 victims dead with more than 2000 injured.

This paper draws on the pragmatist approach to experimentalist governance to study the multi-actor governance response to the disaster, specifically the implementation of the Bangladesh “Accord for Building and Fire Safety” to develop a theoretical model of experimental institutional building. While experimental governance focuses on the democratic functions of experiments in transnational governance, we study the organization dynamics of how experiments play out in concrete action contexts.

We find that experimental institution building is based upon combining an uneasy mix between on the one hand imitation and innovation and on the other hand deliberate and emergent approaches.

Speaker: Associate Professor Juliane Reinecke is Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Warwick Business School, and part of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University of Warwick. She is also a Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Innovation, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, from where she received her PhD. She is also a Fellow at Copenhagen Business School’s World Class Research Environment ‘Governing Responsible Business’.

Her research interests include global labour governance in supply chains, Fairtrade, sustainability standards and social movements, focusing on how organizational and political processes shape notions of value, ethics, fairness, sustainability and responsibility in markets.

Her work has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Human Resource Management, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Organization, and Ecological Economics. Juliane is a member of the editorial boards of Organization Studies and Organization. [Email: or].

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