Professor Mustafa Özbilgin, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Brunel Business School, enjoyed a key speaking slot at the recent Global Equality and Diversity: Redefining Equality and Diversity in the Information Age conference held on the 4th November.
The focus of the conference, held at the Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business at the University of East London, was diversity and equality in the information age and included sessions on information and communication technologies as well as diversity and pay discrimination.
Chaired by Lord Patel of Bradford OBE with an opening address by Lord Gulam Noon MBE, Chancellor of the University of East London, the conference was well attended by academic researchers and policy advocates on the subject.
Professor Özbilgin presented a business case for diversity – a collaborative research project with Ahu Tatli, Gulce Ipek and Muhammad Sameer – which explained why a focus on the business case argument is wider than profitability alone.
In his presentation, Professor Özbilgin also emphasised the importance of considering a wider range of stakeholders such as the community, employees, customers and the social and ecological environment when thinking about business focussed diversity.
Other speakers at the conference included Dr Nancy J Hafkin, Senior Associate, Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT), retired, United Nations, and Trevor Phillips OBE, former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Video and podcasts from the conference can be viewed free at Policy Review TV