Workshop Series: Yuka Fujimoto
Workforce diversity requires broader vision and scope in managing diversity so that there is greater inclusion inside and outside organizations. This article provides that vision by extending the stream of workforce diversity research to community-oriented inclusion and its processes. We interviewed 34 people with disabilities and 40 people without disabilities who were stakeholders of community arts and sport organizations. The participants with disabilities were mainly arts audiences, artists, and sport athletes and the participants without disabilities were mainly managers and government officials. This article signifies common interest groups, which are facilitated by (1) non-minority specific communal activities (2) listening to minority voices (3) multidimensional accessibility (4) availability of organizational and natural champions and (5) cross-boundary networks and collaborations. In order to create more inclusive organizations, we suggest that private organizations need more community-oriented values, goals and strategies that foster boundryless inclusion of people with disabilities in organizations and society.
Lunch to follow on Rooftop at 12 noon.
Dr. Yuka Fujimoto is a senior lecturer in the School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University. She completed her Honours degree in management at UQ and PhD at Monash University. Her research interests lie in the areas of diversity inclusion, work and community interactions and human-oriented human resource management practices. Her work has appeared in Journal of Applied Psychology, Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Resource Management, Australian Journal of Management and Cross-Cultural Management: International Journal. She has been acting as a regular reviewer for Human Resource Management and serves as a part of reviewer panel for the Research and Practice in Human Resource Management Journal. She is also co-author of a Human Resource Management education textbook, which is currently used by over ten Australian Universities in undergraduate and postgraduate programs.