Diversity in Organisations: Policies and Practices

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 31 (Main Building)
RC05 Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations (host committee)

Language: English

Work is an increasingly globalised phenomenon with economic, political and social conditions and opportunities driving labour migration for all strata of the workforce. Workplace diversity is influenced by policies that both encourage and hinder various forms of labour migration. It is also shaped by the experiences of migrant workers in diverse workplaces. Sociology has a long and proud history of studying organisational diversity but in recent years has retreated from the field, leaving it to other disciplines, particularly business and management studies. This session invites papers that explore the policies (or absence of policies) that support or constrain organisational diversity and the associated practices from a sociological perspective.

While organisational diversity can focus on nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and/or race, and their intersections, this session will focus mainly on ethno-cultural, linguistic and racial diversity, recognising that all our experiences are also gendered and shaped by other social factors. We invite papers that engage critically with global, national, local and/or organisational policies that shape organisational practices around diversity.

Relevant questions include: What government policies (e.g., affirmative action, quotas) shape organisational workplace diversity practices, and how? Why do some nations have policies that foster organisational diversity while others do not? What are the impacts of organisational diversity policies (or a lack of organisational diversity policy) on work practices and people in organisations? How are organisational diversity policies implemented and contested within organisations?
Session Organizers:
Karen FARQUHARSON, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Val COLIC-PEISKER, RMIT, Australia and Nana OISHI, Asian Institute, the University of Melbourne, Australia
Ethnic Diversity within Israeli Healthcare Organizations: Manifestations of Racism and Strategies of Coping
Yael KESHET, Western Galilee College, Israel; Ariela POPPER-GIVEON, David Yellin Academic College, Israel
Diversity Work in Community Sport: Beyond Individual Commitment?
Ramon SPAAIJ, Victoria University, Australia; Jonathan MAGEE, Victoria University, Australia; Sean GORMAN, Curtin University, Australia; Ruth JEANES, Monash University, Australia; Karen FARQUHARSON, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Dean LUSHER, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Ryan STORR, Victoria University, Australia; Caitlyn MACKENZIE, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Georgia MCGRATH, Monash University, Australia
An Un/Prepared Workplace? Rethinking the Social Relations of Work in Culturally and Racially Diverse Workplaces in Australia
Virginia MAPEDZAHAMA, Western Sydney University, Australia; Kwamena KWANSAH-AIDOO, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
UN-Doing Differences. Towards Creating and Managing Capabilities
Feriha ÖZDEMIR, University of Siegen, Germany
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