Professional insights: reflections from EDI conferences - consistency and change

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Myers, B
Pringle, JK
Giddings, LS
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2013
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Purpose - Rich research discussion that occurs at conferences is rarely made accessible after the event. This paper aims to report on two "equality diversity and inclusion" (EDI) conferences held in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2008 and 2011. It summarises, compares and contrasts the processes and content of the conferences as well as identifying research trends and suggesting future research directions. Design/methodology/approach - Text from the abstracts and transcribed audio recordings of conference discussions and presentations were analysed for similarities and differences. Two of the authors completed individual analyses of each of the conferences before reaching consensus on the overall themes. Findings - Enduring EDI concerns over the two conferences were: identity, change practices and context. At the 2008 conference, three linked categories permeated discussion: methodologies, identity and practices for effective change. Over the intervening three years, research volume grew and differentiated into speciality areas. At the 2011 conference, methodological enquiry was less visible, but was intertwined through content areas of differentiated identities (sexuality, ethnicity, and gender), roles (leadership and management) and context (country, sport, and practice). Research limitations/implications - This paper distils research trends from two conferences and suggests directions for research. Originality/value - The paper provides a bounded overview of developments and changes in the EDI sub-discipline. Rich research discussion often occurs informally at conferences but is not made widely available. This paper aims to share conference discussions, research trends and potential directions for research.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal
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32
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4
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Business systems in context not elsewhere classified
Sociology
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