Our project is conducted in partnership with three select Australian organisations. Our research method requires one researcher to spend time in the organisation (maybe 2–3 days per week for up to six months) to understand the culture and to interview people in the organisation. Ideally, to appreciate the organisation’s day-to-day experiences, interactions and practices, we would like to enlist approximately 8-12 staff from both managerial and non-managerial ranks. Precise times for the meetings will be negotiated with the individual staff members to minimise any disruption to their work. All data gathered through the above methods will be made anonymous in our reporting of the research.
The project is designed to develop a new approach to leadership diversity as well as to deliver specific benefits for the partner organizations who participate in the research. In particular:
- A mapping by experts in leadership and diversity of the organisation’s leadership practices and their effects.
- A presentation and report of complete findings to the organisation at the end of the study.
- Opportunities to problem-solve key issues at the organisation that can be investigated by the researchers through the study.
- An opportunity to inform developments in future leadership practice, training and education.