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The Southwest Academy of Management: in search of diversity research

Gayle Baugh (Department of Management, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Article publication date: 2 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on the 2007 meeting of the Southwest Academy of Management (SWAM) that incorporated content related to gender and diversity.

Design/methodology/approach

SWAM offers a track each year that includes gender and diversity research. For the 2007 meeting gender and diversity was combined with human resources, careers, and social issues in management.

Findings

One paper introduced a new form of surface‐level (observable) diversity – military status. There were two diversity‐related papers, one looking generally at the importance of cultural differences in global management systems and the other focusing on cultural differences between the USA and Mexico. The final paper incorporating diversity issues focused on the influence of cultural differences within student teams on individual learning.

Originality/value

The diversity papers included in this conference showed a focus on diversity introduced through globalization, which is of value in highlighting the need for diversity scholars to develop expertise in international management or to develop collaborations with colleagues who pursue international management.

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Citation

Baugh, G. (2008), "The Southwest Academy of Management: in search of diversity research", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 401-404. https://doi.org/10.1108/02610150810874359

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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