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The importance of strategic change in achieving equity in diversity

French, Erica L. (2005) The importance of strategic change in achieving equity in diversity. Strategic Change, 14(1), pp. 35-44.

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Abstract

Increasing diversity within organizations has brought with it renewed calls for fair and just treatment of individuals in organizations. However, traditional management practice and ethnocentric cultures continue to operate as though the workforce was relatively homogeneous. This paper uses data from more than 1970 organizations to identify different approaches to managing equity and the outcomes for women.Three of the four approaches are predictors of increases in some of the measures of status of employment for women. Results show that implementation issues including decision structures, policy type and justice perspective affect the outcome. Effective diversity management that brings substantive change to workplace disparity is not a 'one size fits all' model. It requires strategic change that involves analysis of specific contextual issues including gendered industry type and organizational size in addition to change in structures and systems.

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ID Code: 8551
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: e.french@qut.edu.au
Keywords: equity, diversity, human resource management
DOI: 10.1002/jsc.708
ISSN: 1086-1718
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:11

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