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7 Mar 2019

International Business academic wins award for research paper at 2019 Case Centre awards

photo of Dr Sun Hye Lee

Dr Sun Hye Lee, a Lecturer in International Business at the School of Business and Economics, has recently been announced as an award winner for a research paper she co-authored.

Dr Lee – who is a member of the School’s International Business, Strategy and Innovation Group - was awarded for her case ‘Apple and its suppliers: Corporate social responsibility’, alongside Kamel Mellahi (Warwick Business School) and Michael J Mol (Copenhagen Business School).

It won the Strategy and General Management category as part of this year’s Case Centre competition. 

Of the award, Dr Lee said: “Our teaching case investigates Apple’s suppliers in China and the human rights issues within their factory, from suicides to children worker. We used the BBC findings alongside facts within the corporate social responsibility (CSR) supply chains to show the ‘darker’ side to Apple.

“Researching in CSR supply chains and the issues within them helps show students and aspiring managers the full pictures of the business world and the companies they idolise. Through highlighting the issues in CSR using a popular company like Apple, we can show students and practitioners the importance of CSR.

“I am very honoured to have won this award, and I now feel more motivated. The award has encouraged me to do more of these studies. I’d like to thank my co-authors, Kamel Mellahi and Michael J Mol, who brought their expertise to the writing and teaching of our case.”

The Case Centre is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge, wisdom and experience to inspire and transform business education across the globe.

The Case Centre’s Awards have been running for 29 years and celebrate excellence in case writing and teaching at schools of business, management and government worldwide.

More information about the case can be viewed online.