Dr Loong Wong
Independent Researcher/Website Editor
Globalisation, Diversity and Management: Looking for Diversity
Attracting foreign investment, while increasing exports and developing
international alliances to penetrate new markets has become a
world-wide trend. Globalisation appears inevitable and is embraced
by businesses. Businesses are developing knowledge networks comprised
of workers from around the globe who collaborate on projects
engendering innovations, growth and structural cost reductions.
This new practice requires a different set of management skills.
In Australia, the Karpin Committee found that Australian managers
lack globalisation, skills and need to develop amongst other
things, diversity management skills, a point which has been taken
up by governments, the public service and in the business community.
This paper subjects the concept of diversity management to a
critical analysis. It argues that most discourses of diversity
management neglects the problematic nature of culture and in
so doing, forces diversity management into a instrumentalist
mode. The paper proposes an alternative view where diversity,
is not simply tolerated but also appreciated.
Loong has recently left academic work, having taught at Monash
and Deakin universities in Australia. He has also taught in Papua
New Guinea, Aotearoa and Malaysia. He currently works in a business
development capacity for an I.T. firm. In his spare time, he
works with community groups and writes and manages a website.
30 min paper