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Seeking experts on reducing infectious disease in Southeast Asian factories

By Trond Undheim | 07 Dec, 2015

Garment factory workers in Southeast Asia have high rates of infectious disease. The project should develop an out-of-the-box approach to remedy the situation. Yegii, the insight network, on behalf of Janssen, the J&J company, is looking for a multidisciplinary team of experts to work on this challenge. The deadline for applications is 9 December 2015.

Ideas on suitable sub-topics to explore are welcome on this thread, as is suggestions for experts to reach out to.

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Sarah McCool Replied at 10:11 PM, 7 Dec 2015

Don't discount the role of collective action in this type of environment. Framing this issue as a "group goal" (decrease the infectious disease burden/increase appropriate preventive practices) rather than an individual goal might be beneficial. China is a highly collectivist society (it scores "20" on the Geert-Hofstede individualism dimension--meaning highly collectivist) and therefore will usually operate for the benefit of the group and not the individual. Just some ideas to keep in mind when designing a solution!

Trond Undheim Replied at 11:17 PM, 7 Dec 2015

Many thanks, Sarah. It is indeed our ambition to try to re-frame this debate in some way. As stated in the client's intro: "The team should not shy away from suggesting controversial approaches that question conventional wisdom or political balancing acts" and "The novelty of proposed solutions might lie in the incentive structure or technological or social devices, methods or behavior change inducing business models proposed."
There is plenty of emerging research and good examples of 'nudging' from behavioral economics which might work better than information provision and/or shaming which seem to be some already tried approaches.

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