THE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE 2000

National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights


Ms Elizabeth Dimitriadis
RMIT

The Impact of Ethno-cultural Identity on a Group of Australian-Greek Managers.

Abstract
Group discussion and individual interviews with nine Australian-Greek managers identified how the presence of their ethno-cultural identity impacts on their management experiences. The research identified that Australian-Greek managers are confronted with the task of reconciling their professional role with their experience of migration and their biculturalism. To achieve this they negotiate, compromise and sometimes discard aspects of their ethno-cultural identity. This creates a tension that is dealt with in a variety of ways. However, it also enables them to exist both inside and outside the social process as they develop understandings about their organisation and their role and position within it, which can have both positive and negative outcomes. Data gathered provides a detailed picture of how Australian-Greek managers perceive the interaction of their ethno-cultural identity and their role as manager. The researcher mirrors the research dilemmas of insider-outsider and humanistic-positivist approaches by alternating her use of the first and third person in the thesis.

Bionote
Liz Dimitriadis is a consultant to community organisations and government departments in the human services sector. She has managed community organisations and has over 16 years experience in services for people from culturally and lingusitically diverse backgrounds. Liz is currently in the process of submitting her Masters of Business degree thesis.

Presentation Type
30 min paper


University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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