National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Dr Paul Kauffman
Director, Multicultural Affairs, DIMA, Canberra

Diversity and women managers in successful North American organisations

Managers with skills in managing cultural diversity, including gender diversity, and who orient their organisations towards continuous knowledge based companies will do well.

The organisation of work is undergoing great changes, and women are moving to senior management positions. Some successful North American transnational businesses have increased the number of women employed as senior executives (from 8% to 40% between 1995 and 2000), and in Canada banks have employed people from visible minorities, (18% of employees, compared with a general private sector rate of 6%, and a public sector rate of 4%).

This paper reviews diversity and gender research and reports on outcomes of interviews with senior staff of successful organisations in North America, specifically on diversity issues, conducted in July and August 2000.

The diversity practices articulated by women Vice Presidents of successful transnational corporations shed light on diversity, international business and success. A series of case studies discusses these themes in detail.

Finally the implications for Australia are discussed, by analysing published research on women employed at senior levels in Australian banks and in government departments.

Canadian Government Scholar in July and August 2000. Associate Professor, University ofCanberra, Faculty of Management and Law in 1997 and 1998 and Adjunct Associate Professor 2000-01.
Managed indigenous programs in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission from 1985 until 1996. Publications: Travelling Aboriginal Australia: Discovery and Reconciliation (with Indigenous writers) Hyland House, 2000. Wik, Mining and Aborigines. Allen & Unwin, 1998.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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