'Respect me: respect self' - the key to improved global relationships.

Wilson, Doirean and Hartog, Mary and Frame, Philip (2009) 'Respect me: respect self' - the key to improved global relationships. In: 5th Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum: Respect and Economic Democracy, 17-19 April, 2009, Catania, Italy, . (Unpublished)

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This paper examines the definitions of respect in a 21st century globally inclusive environment, with a view to exploring the implications for nurturing harmonious working relationships in, and between culturally diverse economically active groups. It is based on research conducted since 2005 which explores the meanings attached to, and experience of, respect from the perspective of undergraduate students in a UK university business school, who worked together on a consulting to business module. The research methodology consisted of tracking via focus group interactions and video records of two culturally diverse groups, comprising seven students each, over a two year period, with approximately eight focus group – video sessions per group. Significantly, our findings suggest that respect is an important shared value, and one that all students acknowledge as having an impact on their behaviour, attitudes and emotions. We argue that in our case, respect develops as an awareness of difference and is based on systematically produced data of the actors’ life experience, rather than, fictions or stereotypes. We suggest that this process encourages a positive approach to respect as it facilitates a shift in behaviours, attitudes, and ‘mental models’, (the latter, as described by Senge et al 1994). The significance of respect to the development and maintenance of both an economic democracy and for transnational relations between such democracies, is therefore crucial if there is to be equal access for all, regardless of their diversity, to the benefits which should accrue to all those who participate in the wealth creation activity of their society and the global economy.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Middlesex University Schools and Centres > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
ID Code:8497
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