The participation of women in multidisciplinary action teams

Syed, J. and Murray, Peter (2006) The participation of women in multidisciplinary action teams. In: Davis, Ed and Pratt, Valerie, eds. Making the Link: Affirmative Action and Employment Relations. Making the Link, 17 (17). CCH Australia Limited, Sydney, pp. 65-72. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper argues the case for increasing the participation of women in multidisciplinary action teams as a means for making better use of gender diversity. We argue that conventional diversitymanagement practices involve a narrow approach towards increasing women’s participation in employment. We suggest it is imperative that organisations and multidisciplinary action teams learn to integrate skilled and talented women and men into a single, cohesive work culture that enhances teams’ performing capacities. Based on recent work by the authors, we then build on the belief that women are a key resource for improving the integrative and interpretive abilities of teams, including the capacity of the team generally to deal with difficult and complex scenarios. The paper builds a relationship between feminine values, team-member diversity, and communication skills such as listening and speaking up. In particular, we examine some evidence relating to the communication patterns of women and how they may assist multi-disciplinary action teams.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Jawad Syed
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 12:19
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2011 12:54
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4902 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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