Affirmative Action or Managing Diversity: what is the future of equal opportunity policies in organisations?

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Title Affirmative Action or Managing Diversity: what is the future of equal opportunity policies in organisations?
Author Strachan, Glenda Jean; Burgess, John; Sullivan, Anne
Journal Name Women in Management Review
Editor Sandra Fielden
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Bradford, UK
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Abstract Equal employment opportunity policies were introduced in Australia in the 1980s in response to women's disadvantaged workforce position. Australia's unique form of affirmative action was underpinned by legislation and aimed to promote gender equity in the workplace via employer action. Throughout the 1990s there has been a policy shift away from collectivism towards individualism and away from externally driven social programs at the workplace towards managerialist driven social programs. The main process for implementing progressive and inclusive equity programs at the workplace is through human resource management policies that link employment diversity to organisational objectives (for example, productivity and profitability). Programs titled Managing Diversity have been introduced into some organisations and today there are a variety of approaches towards equity policies in Australian organisations. The article proposes that a distinctive Australian version of managing diversity will develop in some organisations based on the prior national legislative framework.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=gm
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09649420410541263
Volume 19
Issue Number 4
Page from 196
Page to 204
ISSN 0964-9425
Date Accessioned 2006-07-18
Date Available 2009-10-14T22:15:47Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/15405
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1a

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