THE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE 2000

National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights


Dr Loong Wong
Independent Researcher/Website Editor

Globalisation, Diversity and Management: Looking for Diversity

Abstract
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.

Bionote
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.

Presentation Type
30 min paper


University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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