The complex concept of sustainable of diversity management:…and why forming policies in this area is far from straightforward

Best, Simon, Soyode, Alistair, Muller-Camen, Michael and Boff, Andrew (2015) The complex concept of sustainable of diversity management:…and why forming policies in this area is far from straightforward. Human Resource Management International Digest, 23 (5) . pp. 45-48. ISSN 0967-0734 (doi:10.1108/HRMID-06-2015-0105)

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Abstract

Purpose – Explores the notion of sustainable diversity-management practices.

Design/methodology/approach – Summarizes research into the sustainability of diversity management across four countries and provides examples of efforts to maintain high levels of diversity.

Findings – Looks at the activities of Africa House, an organization that develops business links with Africa, and of BEN Television, which is a television station that caters primarily for ethnic minorities.

Practical implications – Demonstrates that diversity is a multi-dimensional concept that can be structured within two frameworks: demographic diversity regarding, for example, age, gender and nationality; and human-capital diversity, such as cognitive diversity, skill and experience diversity.

Social implications – Highlights the complexity of diversity and so the difficulty of legislating in this area.

Originality/value – Explains that employees can also stifle attempts to engage in sustainable diversity management policies. A lack of understanding of local laws or language, or through limited social contacts, can prevent full participation by employees.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 17624
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Depositing User: Simon Best
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 10:57
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 17:08
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17624

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