Perceptions of expatriate minority employees in relation to diversity initiatives: A qualitative study

by Douglas, Tracie L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 105 pages; 3427239


As the U.S. workforce becomes more diverse, diversity initiatives have served as a bridge to assist with connecting individuality and to build environments in the workplace where differences are respected and embraced. This study explored the implication of diversity initiatives among expatriate employees of American universities in Japan. This qualitative study consisted of 1-on-1 interviews with minority leaders from 2 American universities located in Japan. The study focused on the components that make diversity initiatives successful and how these components can improve diversity. The results of this study indicate that initiatives and programs for diversity are only a small part of having a diverse workplace and culture that embraces and respects differences. Employees interviewed in this study had little to no diversity training, and most were not aware of any diversity initiative by the universities. Both universities are a part of the U.S. military, which in itself is a very diverse culture. Most of the participants are used to a diverse environment due to their working in the subculture of the military within the culture of Japan. The study data also suggests that most in this university setting think there are still some barriers for women at the top echelon. The main recommendations include diversity training, and posting diversity initiatives as a tab on the home page of the university website. Even though the results indicate that there are few connections between diversity training, diversity initiatives, and a diverse environment, it is important that the universities under study continue to grow and nourish the environment to further contribute to the United States’ growing diverse culture.

AdviserJanice Spangenburg
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsHigher education administration; Management; Higher education
Publication Number3427239

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