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In this discussion Alan will look at the way the current argument for diversity in the workplace seems to be commonly positioned and ask if it is the best way to position it. He believes that it's important to develop 'the right' argument for any proposition, otherwise it can be disputed, discredited, lead us into false courses of action or become otherwise unsustainable – even if the proposition is in itself sound.
Alan will take a look at some of the published material on diversity that has appeared in the last few years, both in the accessible popular and less accessible academic domains.
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After 15 years on a traditional civil engineering career path Alan moved into business development in the mid-1990s. There he could indulge his inclination to help shape what a business offered to its customers and position that in a way that won business.
His interest in building organisational capabilities, corporate and contract governance arrangements and in particular their effect on behaviours grew and he became the business development director for the consultancy division of a well-known company. He now works for himself; his company 'really good ideas' supports organisations bidding for work and managing organisational change.
Fulfilling a long-held aspiration, he returned to school last year and is now studying for an MSc in Organizational Behaviour at Birkbeck, University of London. This is providing him with an ocean of research knowledge that he can lay over his past career, to make sense of it all, as well as carving paths into new relationships with new people and clients. He is also a member of the ICE's London and South-East Region Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.