The diversity management approach to equal employment opportunity in Australian organisations

Burgess, John, French, Erica L., & Strachan, Glenda (2010) The diversity management approach to equal employment opportunity in Australian organisations. The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 20(1), pp. 77-92.


This article assesses the 'Managing Diversity' (MD) approach in Australia, examining its drivers, discussing its relationship to legislation designed to promote equity, and examining it as a set of management practices. It has been plausibly argued, on efficiency grounds, that responsibility for achieving equality objectives must be shifted to organisations as this links contextual conditions to organisational processes. However, even where there is some prescription and guidance such as that provided by Australian Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) legislation targeted specifically to women employees, both practice and outcomes are variable. This is even more the case with MD where there are no guiding principles or legislative support. The article examines the best practice EEO and MD programs of Australian organisations to demonstrate the approaches and programs that are being developed at the workplace and to highlight the limitations of the 'business case' approach underlying such programs.

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ID Code: 31636
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Diversity Management, Equal Employment Opportunity , EEO, Australia
ISSN: 1035-3046
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: 06 Apr 2010 21:46
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:22

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