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Assessment 2: Individual essay
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Assessment 2: Individual essay (40%)
Through completion of this assessment, students will learn how to:
 Research a contemporary issue in employment relations.
 Construct a sustained argument in response to the question.
 Utilise and conform to the principles of academic rigour in the production of an acceptable, formal response to the question.
Each student will submit an individual essay that will be assessed in accordance with the marking guide included in this learning guide. The marking guide sets out the criteria and standards against which your essay will be marked. Further assistance will be provided in lectures and any additional information will be placed on vUWS.
Read the following publicised commitments to diversity in the workplace:
‘The evidence shows that a diverse workforce enhances business performance as well as fosters social justice…At Origin diversity and inclusion is imbedded in our principles and values and we are committed to creating a rewarding workplace for our people by valuing everyone’s contribution, encouraging personal development, recognising good performance and fostering equal opportunity.’
Origin Energy (2012) cited in Stone (2013:577) {unit textbook}
Essay question What challenges do managers face in creating and managing a diverse workplace, and how might they respond to these challenges? Research As a starting point, you will be able to use your reading from assessment 1 to provide insight into the topic. You can also use Chapter 14 from your textbook. However, to answer this question, you will need to conduct independent research on the topic of managing diversity. Journals are the most useful source of scholarly material because they contain contemporary research that has been reviewed by experts in the field. Some examples include: D’Netto, B.; Shen, J.; Chelliah, J. and Monga, M. (2014), ‘Human resource diversity management practices in the Australian manufacturing sector’, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 25, No. 9, pp.1243–1266. Houkamau, C. and Boxall, P. (2011), ‘The incidence and impacts of diversity management: A survey of New Zealand employees’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 440-460. Kramar, R. (2012), ‘Diversity management in Australia: a mosaic of concepts, practice and rhetoric’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 245-261. Kulik, C. (2014), ‘Working below and above the line: the research–practice gap in diversity management’, Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 129–144.

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