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 2009, he has been studying innovation and value creation in the fishing industry. In 2011, Glenn along with co-researchers uncovered the problem of human rights abuses and forced labour on board Foreign Charter Vessels. This led to a Ministerial Inquiry and the first piece of fisheries legislation to address labour practices on these vessels in almost 20 years. The research informed other laws and immigration, labour inspectorate, maritime, and worksafe policy, to strengthen the protection of migrant workers. In 2012 Glenn and 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.

In 2016, Glenn leading a mulidisplinary team released a second report revealing wide-scale under-reporting and dumping of marine fish in New Zealand waters over six decades, an issue at the heart of the Business School’s interest in productivity and sustainability. New Zealand’s true catch was put at 2.7 times the official figure. This study, part of a global project, provided the best estimate to date of the amount of fish caught from 1950 to 2013. The global findings were published in Nature Communications, one of the world’s top scientific journals. This led to the Minister for Primary Industries launching a review of fisheries management. In 2017 Glenn along with co-researchers received the Dean’s ‘Team award for Strategic Impact in Research’. This work 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.  Glenn is also managing the 'Charting the Uncharted project – a unique, high-impact collaboration of global significance and brings together a multidisciplinary team of 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:

  • Firm growth - influence of entrepreneurial management capabilities on value creation
  • Business engagement with Asia
  • Corporate strategy and business models
  • 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
  •  Fisheries Management Systems
  •  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).

  • Business School Research Excellence Award 2017.

Dean’s ‘Team award for Strategic Impact in Research’ (with Professor Hugh Whittaker, Associate Professor Christina Stringer, Associate Professor Manuka Henare, and Professor Nigel Haworth).

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
  • Fisheries Management Systems
  • 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

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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35554
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush, Nigel Haworth
  • Simmons, G. J., Haworth, N., & Whittaker, H. (2017). Transparency needed in fishing industry, say academics seeking internal reports. NZ HeraldAuckland, New Zealand. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35770
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nigel Haworth
  • 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 EcosystemImpacts (pp. 348-348). Washington: Island Press. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35774
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer, Nigel Haworth
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nigel Haworth
  • 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