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Diversity Management in the UK

Organizational and Stakeholder Experiences, 1st Edition

By Anne-marie Greene, Gill Kirton


276 pages

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A comprehensive and critical review of the global scholarly literature on diversity, this book presents findings from original UK-based research involving in-depth organizational case studies, interviews, observation and documentary data from over fifty organizations.

Analyzing the findings from the perspective of key stakeholder groups - diversity practitioners, line-managers, trade union equality officers, workplace trade union representatives and employees, it addresses a range of questions, including:

  • How is the diversity concept developing in the UK?
  • Has the UK deconstructed and reconstructed the diversity concept to fit with the legal, social and economic context of UK organizations?
  • How are organizations in the public and private sectors responding in practical terms to the diversity concept?
  • What is the legacy of the traditional equal opportunity concept?
  • What are the experiences of different organizational stakeholders of diversity management?
  • Whose interests does diversity management serve?

Looking at many of the weaknesses associated with more traditional equal opportunity policy approaches, this book is excellent reading for all students of international business, entrepreneurship and small businesses.

Table of Contents

List of Tables. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. 2. Understanding Diversity Management. 3. The Contexts of Diversity Management. 4. Diversity Management in the Public Sector 5. Diversity Management in the Private Sector. Deborah Dean. 6. Diversity Practitioner Perspectives. Chapter Seven: Line Management Involvement in Diversity Management. 8. Employee Experiences of Diversity Management. Chris Creegan. 9. Trade Union Experiences of Diversity. 10. Experiencing Diversity Management – The Value of a Stakeholder Perspective. Bibliography. Index.

About the Authors

Anne-marie Greene BA, MA, Ph.D, is Reader in Industrial Relations in the Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK. She is a committed trade union activist and a member of the national executive of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU). Research focuses on stakeholder involvement in equality and diversity management, equality and diversity in trade unions, and the implications of information and communications technologies for collective action. She is author of Voices from the shopfloor: Dramas of the employment relationship (2001) and co-author of The Dynamics of Managing Diversity: A Critical Approach 2nd Edition (2005). Recent work has been published in journals such as Work, Employment and Society, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Journal.

Gill Kirton BA, MA, Ph.D, is Reader in Employment Relations at the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Her research interests include equality and diversity theory, policy and practice; gender, ‘race’ and trade unionism; ‘minority’ employee experiences of employment and organizations. Her recent work is published in journals such as Work, Employment and Society; Industrial Relations Journal; International Journal of HRM. She is the co-author (with Anne-marie Greene) of a leading diversity textbook – The Dynamics of Managing Diversity, (2005) and (with Judith Glover) of Women, Employment and Organizations, (2006) (Routledge). She is also the author of a research monograph – The Making of Women Trade Unionists, (2006).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Employment Relations

Aspects of the employment relationship are central to numerous courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Drawing from insights from industrial relations, human resource management and industrial sociology, this series provides an alternative source of research-based materials and texts, reviewing key developments in employment research. Books published in this series are works of high academic merit, drawn from a wide range of academic studies in the social sciences.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship