Managing Gender Diversity in Asia

Managing Gender Diversity in Asia

A Research Companion

Edited by Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Jawad Syed

This timely Companion examines the unique codes and processes of managing gender diversity, equality and inclusion in Asia. Managing Gender Diversity in Asia covers the whole geography of Asia through chapters authored by eminent scholars in the field and thus provides an authoritative tool for a critical and evidence based understanding of gender diversity management in Asia. The distinctive nature of Asian institutional structures, approaches and processes are examined in order to account for variations in representation and inclusion at work for women and men.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Theorising and Managing Gender Diversity in the Asian Context

Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Jawad Syed

Subjects: asian studies, asian business, business and management, asia business, diversity and management, human resource management, international business


Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Jawad Syed This new century of ours must, for once and for all, be a century that values the girl child, that respects the woman, and protects its daughters, mothers and sisters in peace and in war, that honours and dignifies its women with economic freedom and allows us to be judged by our individual achievements. Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007)1 Contemporary Asia is a context where one finds brevity of research and publications on management of gender diversity (Syed and Özbilgin, 2009). Although there are a relatively large number of studies on gender equality in various countries in Asia, most of the studies have been conducted in the realm of social policy or from a religio-political paradigm (for example, Caplan, 1985; Kandiyoti, 1991; Ali, 2000; Louie, 2002; Inglehart and Norris, 2003; Syed et al., 2009), rather than in the contemporary management and organisation paradigms. The current volume seeks to fill this gap by bringing together studies which specifically focus on the contemporary Asian context of diversity and equality at work. Chapters in the volume achieve this by building on what we already know about gender equality and adding other forms and strands of equality and diversity in the Asian context. Asia is rich in history and traditions of gender equality. Despite an increasing attention to Asia in English language sources, studies of diversity and equality in this geography have traditionally focused on gender issues in the Middle East and the Arab world (for example, Mernissi,...