Management strategies to harness cultural diversity on Australian constructions sites : a social identity perspective

Loosemore, Martin, Phua, Florence T.T., & Teo, Melissa (2012) Management strategies to harness cultural diversity on Australian constructions sites : a social identity perspective. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 12(1), pp. 1-11.

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Construction sites around the world employ large numbers of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The effective management of this cultural diversity has important implications for the productivity, safety, health and welfare of construction workers and for the performance and reputation of firms which employ them. The findings of a three year, multi-staged study of cultural diversity management practices on construction sites are critiqued using social identity theory. This reveals that so called "best-practice" diversity management strategies may have an opposite effect to that intended. It is concluded that the management of diversity on construction projects would benefit from being informed by social identity research.

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ID Code: 51289
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cultural Diversity, Racism, Discrimination, Social Identity Theory
ISSN: 1445-2634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2012 23:43
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 23:49

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