Dr Glenn Simmons

PGDipBus MBA MMgt and PhD Auckland.

Biography

Glenn's doctoral research indirectly drew on his more than 20 years of executive management experience, and focused on SME growth and entrepreneurial capabilities in the seafood industry. Since 2010, he has been investigating human rights' abuses and the use of forced labour on board New Zealand foreign chartered fishing vessels. This research led to a Ministerial Inquiry, a major shift in government policy, and the enactment of a law requiring all foreign charter vessels to be reflagged to New Zealand by 2016.  In 2012 Glenn and two co-researchers received the Deans Award: a special award recognising the impact of research concerned with human rights issues on-board foreign charter vessels fishing in New Zealand's waters.  Currently Glenn is leading a multidisciplinary team to reconstruct the real marine catches for New Zealand (1950-2013), which in part informs the project ‘Value Adding in the Seafood Industry’, which seeks to assist seafood businesses sustainably create, deliver and capture more value from their activities in overseas (especially Asian) markets.  He is also managing the 'Charting the Uncharted project– a unique, high-impact collaboration of global significance and brings together expert researchers to create solutions to the critical challenges facing the global fishing industry. The overarching goal is to understand the root causes of environmental and human rights abuses on fishing vessels operating on the high seas.

Research | Current

Current research in the related areas of:

  • Business growth - influence of entrepreneurial management capabilities on value creation
  • Business engagement with Asia
  • Reconstruction of New Zealand's marine catches (1950-2013)
  • Creating, delivering and capturing value throughout seafood global value chains
  • Migrant labour exploitation
  • Human trafficking for forced labour and sexual exploitation
  • Trafficking of children for labour exploitation

Special Interests:

  •  Seafood Industry - wild capture and aquaculture
  •  Corporate strategy and business models
  •  Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
  •  Dynamics of creating, delivering and capturing value using Global Value Chain (GVC) analysis

Research Positions Held:

From To    
2016 Now New Zealand Asia Institute Project Manager - 'Charting the Uncharted' project
2015 Now New Zealand Asia Institute Project Manager - Value Adding in the Seafood Industry
2014 2015 The University of Auckland Principal Investigator - Mapping Human Trafficking in New Zealand
2012 Now The University of Auckland Principal Researcher - Reconstruction of New Zealand's marine catches

2010

2015 New Zealand Asia Institute and the Mira Szászy Research Centre, UABS Lead Researcher - Innovation and Market Positioning in the Seafood Industry
2009 2015 New Zealand Asia Institute, The University of Auckland Business School Researcher - 'Growing New Zealand Businesses' study
2009 2015 New Zealand Asia Institute, The University of Auckland Business School Researcher - New Zealand's business engagement with Asia
2008 2010 The University of Auckland Reseacher - Developing a profile of offshore processing: implications for NZ's seafood industry

Teaching | Current

2010 INTBUS 202 Foundations of Strategy
2010 INTBUS 211 International Business Operations

Distinctions/Honours

  • Business School Research Excellence Award 2012.

Dean’s Award "in special recognition of research that has impact in the wider research sphere including student and academic staff collaborations" (with Dr Christina Stringer and Professor Hugh Whittaker).

Responsibilities

Glenn’s primary responsibility is managing the Institute’s research project ‘Value Adding in the Seafood Industry’.  This builds on the NZAI and the Mira Szászy Research Centre 2010-2014 project ‘Innovation and Market Positioning of the Seafood Industry’. Drawing on his empirical work in Iceland, Norway, Japan, China, and New Zealand it focuses on the whole of the value chain (net to plate).

A key objective is to work with policymakers and seafood businesses, particularly iwi businesses on how more value can be sustainably created, delivered and captured in overseas (especially Asian) markets.

Areas of expertise

  • Wild capture and aquaculture fisheries
  • Marine Catch Reconstruction
  • Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
  • Management and International Business
  • Business Models and Global Value Chains
  • Migrant worker exploitation
  • Human trafficking for forced labour and sexual exploitation
  • Trafficking of children for labour exploitation 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of the INTERPOL Specialist Group on Trafficking in Human Beings

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Slooten, E., Simmons, G., Dawson, S. M., Bremner, G., Thrush, S. F., Whittaker, H., ... Clarke, P. J. (2017). Evidence of bias in assessment of fisheries management impacts. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 114 (25), E4901-E4902. 10.1073/pnas.1706544114
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush
  • Simmons, G. J., Haworth, N., & Whittaker, H. (2017). Transparency needed in fishing industry, say academics seeking internal reports. NZ HeraldAuckland, New Zealand. Related URL.
  • Simmons, G. J., Bremner, G., Whittaker, H., Clarke, P., Teh, L., Zylick, K., ... Torkington, B. (2016). PART II Countries & Territories Accounts: New Zealand. In D. Pauly, D. Zeller (Eds.) Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries: A Critical Appraisal of Catches and Ecosystem Impacts (pp. 348-348). Washington: Island Press. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer
  • Simmons, G. J., Whittaker, D., & Haworth, N. (2016). We're catching fish but not value: why QMS needs reform. The Dominion Post (29 Aug 2016), 9-9. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32254
  • Brand Insights, University of Auckland, & Simmons, G. (2016). University of Auckland: Dumped fish should be exported. NZ HeraldAuckland, New Zealand. Related URL.
  • Simmons, G., Whittaker, H., Haworth, N., Pauly, D., & Zeller, D. (2016). Science of our fisheries study is robust. New Zealand Herald (23 May 2016), A22-A22. Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29191
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nigel Haworth
  • Simmons, G., Bremner, G., Whittaker, H., Clarke, P., Teh, L., Zylich, K., ... Torkington, B. (2016). Reconstruction of marine fisheries catches for New Zealand (1950-2010). Vancouver, BC, Canada: Sea Around Us, Global Fisheries Cluster, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29190
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer, Nigel Haworth
  • Stringer, C., Hughes, S., Whittaker, D. H., Haworth, N., & Simmons, G. (2016). Labour standards and regulation in global value chains: The case of the New Zealand Fishing industry. Environment and Planning A, Online first.10.1177/0308518X16652397
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer, Nigel Haworth