How to Stop Discrimination?: Professional Construction of Diversity Management Practices in Korea

2016-10-13 10:09:19

Dear students, faculty and staff, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business invites you to Research Seminar “How to Stop Discrimination?: Professional Construction of Diversity Management Practices in Korea” by Kyungmin Baek

WHEN: Thursday, October 13th, 12.00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Block C-3/new GSB/GSPP Building, 3rd floor, Room 3015

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ABSTRACT:

This study uses a representative sample of 1,774 workplaces in Korea to examine the presence of a set of policy statements for diversity management. Three theoretical perspectives — neo-institutionalism, functional needs, and organizational culture — are developed to predict the presence of a set of policy statements for diversity management across workplaces. A logistic regression model is used to identify the predictors of the presence of the policy statements for diversity management. The findings suggest that neo-institutional theory and functional needs explain the presence of the set of policy statements for diversity management in Korea. In particular, employment laws in Korea are ambiguous and organizational connection to HR professionals strongly affects the presence of the diversity management practice in Korea. This institutional process in Korea is similar with the US case.

SPEAKER:

Kyungmin Baek is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology in School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University.

His primary research investigates the adoption, implementation, and consequences of environmental management practices in Asian corporations. He has also investigated how workplaces in Asian countries adopt and implement work-family and anti-discrimination policies and what the impact of these policies on demographic composition of workforce.

Baek has published articles in international peer review journals including Journal of Business Ethics and Law and Social Inquiry.

Prior to his appointment at NU SHSS, Kyungmin held Assistant Professorship in the Department of Sociology at Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. He received his BA and MA in Sociology from Korea University and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota.