Dr Juliana Meira, lecturer in management accounting at the Management School, has recently returned from a visit to Brazil.
As part of the SCA-Emp research project, which aims to improve HR and accounting practices across supply chains – particularly in Brazil and South Africa – she presented a resulting toolkit to organisations across the country, in major cities such as Recife, São Paulo and Curitiba, as well as João Pessoa, São José dos Pinhais and Ponta Grossa. Juliana also held a workshop in partnership with the Federal University of Pernambuco which was attended by both industry and academics.
Juliana said: “CEOs, human resources professionals, controllers, and supply chain managers were extremely positive about the toolkit. They had a number of ideas, such as using the toolkit to develop strategic planning, and consolidating all of the organisation’s information in one place. They made suggestions on how they would like to see it developed further, which is useful to both research and impact.”
When discussing her main incentive for disseminating the toolkit to organisations in Brazil, Juliana explained: “When we started this project in 2013 I was concerned about the reliance on foreign suppliers when unemployment in Brazil is so high – since then the situation has dramatically worsened. There is an urgent need for strategies that generate long term improvements and Brazilian companies need to seek efficiencies while further strengthening their accounting and HR practices and promoting best practice across within and across industries. I firmly believe that our toolkit can help them to do this.”
To make the toolkit more accessible, supported by impact funding from the Management School, Juliana and the SCA-Emp team have developed a business-
focused website which hosts the toolkit in English and Portuguese – www.sca-emp.com. The toolkit was launched at a UK workshop in June 2016 and has been downloaded by 42 different people. The collection of impact evidence is ongoing.
Juliana concluded: “In total, more than 120 people have attended my events in Brazil, and principal investigator on the project Prof Pauline Dibben contributed via Skype. We’re delighted with the developing interest from a variety of organisations.”
Visit www.sca-emp.com to explore the toolkit yourself