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Involvement of stakeholders in diversity management

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 A two year research project funded by the European Social Fund under HE ESF Objective 3: Equal Opportunities in the Labour Market

Research Staff 

Dr Anne-marie Greene (IRRU, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick) email: Anne-Marie.Greene@wbs.ac.uk 
Dr Gill Kirton, (Centre for Business Management, Queen Mary, University of London) email: g.kirton@qmul.ac.uk  
Dr Deborah Dean, (IRRU, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick)

Brief Summary of Project

‘Managing Diversity’ (MD) has been proposed as a more effective means of achieving equality for all, however there is limited knowledge about whether it leads to more positive equality outcomes in practice. This research uses qualitative research methods to explore the processes and outcomes of MD in practice in four UK organisations from a stakeholder perspective, identifying the effects of different arrangements for stakeholder involvement, on policies, processes and outcomes. The main focus is to explore the experiences and perceptions of women and black and minority ethnic workers of MD processes and outcomes to determine whether or not and in what ways MD alleviates employment discrimination and disadvantage. By using a stakeholder perspective, the findings of the project will consequently have salience for a range of stakeholders/policymakers - government, employers and trade unions - seeking to develop diversity policy to alleviate gender and race inequalities in the labour market.
A full description of the project can be downloaded here

A series of reports based on the research are available to download:

A report presenting the main themes to emerge from a practitioner workshop held in April 2004, which aimed to provide an opportunity for practitioners to influence the design and substance of the research (Workshop report(PDF Document))
Professional Perspectives on Diversity Management
A Case Study of ServiceCo Plc
A Case Study of A Government Department