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Equal employment opportunity and diversity management : can either live up to the promise of achieving gender equity?

French, Erica L. & Sheridan, Alison (2009) Equal employment opportunity and diversity management : can either live up to the promise of achieving gender equity? In ESCP-EAP – Gender and Diversity in Organisations Conference, 15 January, Paris, France.

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Abstract

This paper examines the extent to which women movement into management positions. Like many other countries, this progress in Australia is slow. The paper includes discussion of the theoretical explanations for this and the extent to which these are borne out in Australia. We are aware this group represents only a minority of Australian women workers, and there are many other groups of women workers for whom constraints to women’s access to senior management may not be the most pressing issue. We have, however, chosen to focus on women in management in this paper, as while there was considerable research and public policy attention directed towards this group in the 1980s and early 1990s, over the past decade there seems to have been a reluctance to continue to address this group, despite the numerical evidence that women continue to be disproportionately represented in senior management positions. We believe it’s timely to refocus on women in management.

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ID Code: 27008
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Equal Employment Opportunity, Women, Diversity Management
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 the authors.
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2009 14:34
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:55

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