Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Dr Paul Kauffman
Director, Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Canberra

Practical Applications of Productive Diversity: Best Practice Case Studies of Multinational Companies and the Importance of Diversity to Business Success

In Australia, 'Productive Diversity' has been an important concept since Bill Cope ad Mary Kalantzis and a series of government reports advocated this approach during the 1990s. Stephen Nicholas, Amanda Sinclair and other have found that the applications of the concept in Australia are mixed.

Over recent years multinationals, particularly those with substantial North American interests, have attempted to incorporate diversity management in their operations, some of these companies have been highly successful.

The performance of some of the world's most successful European and American companies, and Australia's largest firms during the past six years is analysed in economic terms and the contribution of diversity management to that success is assessed.

The study concludes that diversity and skilled International management are valuable contributions to a firm's bottom line but initiatives have to be strategic and integrated into the core business of a firm.

Dr Paul Kauffman was head of the land, heritage and culture branch in ATSIC in 1996 and Associate Professor at the University of Canberra in 1997-1997 and adjunct since then. In 2000­2001 he was director at DIMA and studied diversity management in North America and Europe through international awards.

He wrote Wik, Mining and Aborigines (Allen & Unwin) and Travelling Aboriginal Australia: Discovery and Reconciliation (Hyland House)

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001