Dr Paul Kauffman
Director, Multicultural Affairs, DIMA, Canberra
Diversity and women managers in successful North American
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.
30 min paper