Human Resource Management

The union perspective on diversity management is important to the extent that diversity has taken hold in organizations and is spreading across Europe as the `new' approach to equality policy-making. Without empirical knowledge we will only be able to speculate on what diversity means for unions. This article provides understanding of unions' engagement with diversity within an organization's context and helps evaluate why unions view diversity management differently.

We have suggested that key elements of the diversity approach are likely to cause concern for unions: the focus on the individual, the emphasis of the business case, and the identification of diversity as a top-down ...

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or continue to push traditional equality approaches.

That unions may engage more or less positively with diversity as a policy approach clearly depends on the national industrial relations and equality contexts. It is interesting that in practice there are significant national variations in the way in which diversity management has penetrated union thinking, regardless of the convergence of legislation in organizational and conceptual development of diversity (Wrench, 2005b). This is not necessarily a weakness; some have argued against a `global discourse of assimilation' where the American model of diversity management is adopted in Europe and throughout the world (Jones et al., 2000). It has been asked elsewhere how transferable US theories and practices of human resource management are to Europe (Harzing and Van Ruysseveldt, 1995), and the same question needs to be asked about diversity management.

However, does the acknowledgement of the effects of different contexts mean ...

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Added: 5/31/2016 05:37:30 PM
Submitted By: arpitgupte
Category: Business
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