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Social Issues in Labour Supply Chain: Broker Imposed Servitude of Indian Immigrant Technology Work
Published in Academy of Management
Volume: 2016
Issue: 1
This paper investigates the labour supply chain of Indian technical immigrants who serve the demand for high-technology workers in the United States of America. We examine the labour supply chain in detail and the steps involved in the induction of an Indian immigrant technology worker into the U.S. job market. The manuscript brings forth the limitation of the minimal wage compliance approach that is touted by brokers and undertakes an exhaustive study of the recruitment and handling of Indian technical immigrants. Utilising a grounded theory approach, we examine the role of a ‘broker’ in the supply chain and unearth a latent phenomenon of broker induced involuntary and voluntary servitude that exists in the labour supply chain. We then proceed to explain the aggregate dimensions of involuntary and voluntary servitude through the concepts of ‘breach of ethics of employment contract’ and ‘breach of ethics of psychological contract’. Unearthing these two dimensions may lead to rethinking interventions, and influencing thinking both at the level of policy and corporate ethics.
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