Evaluating equal employment opportunity and its impact on the increased participation of men and women in the transport industry

French, Erica L. & Strachan, Glenda (2009) Evaluating equal employment opportunity and its impact on the increased participation of men and women in the transport industry. Transportation Research Part A : Policy and Practice, 43(1), pp. 78-89.

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This paper seeks to identify the approaches undertaken in implementing equal employment opportunity in the transport industry in Australia and the links between these approaches and indicators of increased participation of women. This male dominated industry employs limited numbers of women with fewer numbers of women in management. The study analyses data from a unique set of equal opportunity progress reports from all organisations in the transport industry that are required to provide public reports under Australian legislation. The findings indicate a correlation between some approaches to equal opportunity and increased numbers of women in some areas. The study is equally remarkable for what it does not find. Despite widespread equal opportunity implementation across a broad number of employment measures there are limited measures that predict increases in the numbers of women in management or in non-traditional roles. This study differs from others in that it identifies issues specific to one industry and links organisational approach to equal opportunity with the employment status of both women and men.

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ID Code: 26566
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Equal Employment Opportunity, Women in Management, Non-traditional Work, Transport Industry, Managing Diversity
DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2008.06.003
ISSN: 0965-8564
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2009 22:39
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:54

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