oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - An affirmative action audit for affirmative change: a management perspective
|Article Title||An affirmative action audit for affirmative change: a management perspective|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Human Resources Management, University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jun 2001|
|Pages||332 - 343|
|Keyword(s)||Affirmative action, Affirmative action audits, Affirmative Action Programmes, Affirmative change, Attitudes, Disadvantaged groups, Economics, Human resources, J 58, JEL, Management, Managers and Race groups|
ISI Social Science
This paper focuses on management's perception of affirmative action for affirmative change. A questionnaire, developed to measure attitudes towards the implementation of an affirmative action programme, was distributed to managers at all levels of management in a parastatal. Results supply evidence of a negative orientation towards affirmative action amongst younger managers. They hold the view that members of disadvantaged groups are favoured at their expense. Younger managers also perceive older managers not to have the necessary vision and skills to implement an affirmative action programme successfully. It is recommended that line management encourage communication between the different race groups, and develop positive attitudes and expectations towards the employers, the affirmative action programmes and the various jobs available.
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