By Yen-An Cho (’16), Matt Inouye (’16), Ta Kongthaisereekul (’16), Sam Lin (’16), Andy Wang (’16)
For our Applied Management Research field study project, we’ve had the privilege of working with the International Labour Organization, an agency under the United Nations tasked with improving working conditions throughout the world. Our specific project is to conduct a detailed examination of the automotive industry in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and research how technology innovation over the next decade will shape the quantity and quality of labor in the region.
Ultimately, we’ll be assisting the ILO in providing recommendations as to how businesses and governments can best prepare for labor shifts in the auto industry.
Getting up to speed on the project has been fascinating thus far: No one on our team had any previous automotive industry experience, so we’ve been working to quickly learn about the market structure and the technology shaping both what goes into a car and the process of manufacturing a car. We’ve taken two trips so far to conduct primary research. These trips have allowed us to speak with industry experts, visit factory sites and participate in conferences and roundtables.