Dr Gil Robinson
Dr Gil Robinson is an experienced Organisation Behaviourist and HRM Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Consultant, with over 35 years’ experience in the field of equal opportunities and managing diversity research.
Some notable achievements include; membership of the Stephen Lawrence Committee; Developing Community and Race Relations Training with the Metropolitan Police; Developing managing diversity programmes with the Home Office, the Foreign Office and Borders Agency; Associate Dean (Research and International Affairs) of a London Business School; Head of Equal Opportunities and Recruitment of a London Borough; Numerous other consultancies on EO, Positive Action; Implementation of Anti Discriminatory strategies and Learning and Development interventions for many organisations; Conducting Research and Investigations into discrimination in many organisations (private and public); Conference papers and publications on the subject of Ethnicity, Race, Equal Opportunities and Managing Diversity.
Towards Bi-Cultural Competence and the Problems of Achieving Race and Ethnic Diversity in Leadership Positions in UK Organisations
In order for Ethnic Minority employees to achieve in UK organisations they must be bi-cultural. Notwithstanding the necessity to be bi-cultural, there are clear identity issues for these employees. Firstly, the presentation will highlight some of these issues in postmodern UK organisations.
The presentation will also examine the problems of achieving race and ethnic diversity in leadership positions in UK organisations, through lately, Managing Diversity strategies. Why, in spite of 50 years of legislation on Race and Ethnicity in the UK, the problem of the ‘colourline’ (Dubois, 1903) in leadership, still prevails in UK organisations? Furthermore, people of colour are still ‘space invaders’ (Puwar, 2003) in leadership positions in UK organisations. We are now into the 6th generation of people of colour being educated in the UK; in the words of the late Roy Jenkins (1963), “shouldn’t they be treated as UK citizens” and be trusted to be in leadership positions. What are the ‘fatal flaws’ (Noon, 2007) of Managing Diversity that stymies EM leadership progress?
18:30 - arrival & refreshments (tea/coffee & sandwiches)
19:00 - welcome and start of presentation
20:30 - finish
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