She'll be right mate : inclusivity experiences of men and women working in projects

French, Erica L., Lloyd-Walker, Beverley, & Crawford, Lynn (2014) She'll be right mate : inclusivity experiences of men and women working in projects. In 7th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference, 8 – 10 June 2014, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany.


Occupational segregation is a major source of labour market rigidity and economic inefficiency due to a waste of human resources. Organisations are repeatedly recognised as gendered constructs exhibiting sustained work segregation, income and status inequality, as well as cultural and individual images of gender, and these are perpetuated through their processes, practices and pressures (Acker, 1990). A large percentage of Australia’s workforce is now employed in project-based or project-oriented organisations, leading to the claim that Australia is a project-based economy. For a continued strong performance in this economy, organisations that employ project personnel will need to consider how they address inclusivity and equality in diversity in project based temporary organisations to ensure the supply of high quality project professionals into the future. This paper investigates the inclusion processes experienced and exercised by men and women working in temporary organisations in project situations through a review of reports on the inclusion processes experienced by 60 project managers and project workers in three project based industries in Australia. Results indicate that temporary organisations are not implementing equality and diversity management strategies at the macro level and project workers are accepting this lack of recognition. However inclusivity and equality at the micro level of the team is seen as vital.

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ID Code: 74556
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Conference proceedings title : Organizing Inclusion : Beyond Privileges and Discrimination
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Keywords: Equity, Inclusivity experiences, Men and Women, Projects
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2014 23:21
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 08:08

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