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Publication date: 13 November 2007

Manfred Auer and Heike Welte

The purpose of this paper is to explore the capacities of different groups of actors, who initiate, support, and control (known as equal opportunity actors) equal…

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the capacities of different groups of actors, who initiate, support, and control (known as equal opportunity actors) equal opportunities and equal treatment in organizations in Austria.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the concept of social positioning and a qualitative empirical approach, the paper provides an analysis of data deriving from 32 interviews with equal opportunity actors.

Findings

The main findings show that, depending on individual commitment, knowledge and abilities, equal opportunity actors have the capacity to influence official equal opportunity policies and to prohibit individual cases of discrimination. However, there are strong restrictions concerning a limited understanding of gender, an ignorance of more subtle forms of the practising of gender and acceptance of the gendered understructure of organizations.

Research limitations/implications

The study relates to the Austrian labour relations system which is rather similar to the German system, but can hardly be transferred to other countries.

Practical implications

The analysis of capacities and restrictions of single actors within organizations may be of general interest.

Originality/value

The paper explores a nearly fully ignored aspect of equal opportunity policies which is crucial for their success or failure.

Details

Equal Opportunities International, vol. 26 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 7 November 2008

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 27 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

Article
Publication date: 1 February 2006

Adelina Broadbridge and Jeff Hearn

To introduce the special issue.

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Purpose

To introduce the special issue.

Design/methodology/approach

A brief description of the Gender and Management track at the European Academy of Management Conference and an outline of the papers in the issue.

Findings

The track examined various issues and the papers chosen from the track for the special issue are closest to the central concerns of the journal.

Originality/value

Provides a summary of the perspectives considered.

Details

Women in Management Review, vol. 21 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0964-9425

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