Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 115–137

Veiled diversity? Workplace experiences of Muslim women in Australia


DOI: 10.1007/s10490-009-9168-x

Cite this article as:
Syed, J. & Pio, E. Asia Pac J Manag (2010) 27: 115. doi:10.1007/s10490-009-9168-x


This study sheds light on the mobilisation of Islamic discourses in the lives of working Muslim migrant women and its interaction with Australian society in the context of diversity management as a workplace practice. Informed by a multilevel perspective on diversity management, this paper suggests that focusing exclusively on organisations and holding them solely accountable for diversity policies may be intensely inadequate as diversity management is impacted by both macro-societal and micro-individual issues. Through qualitative research by drawing on interviews with Muslim migrant women employed in the formal economic sector, the findings underscore the need for sophistication in dealing with the complexities presented by migration, ethnicity, religion and gender.


Australia Managing diversity Migrants Multilevel perspective Muslim women 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kent Business SchoolUniversity of KentKentUK
  2. 2.AUT Business & Law SchoolAUT UniversityAucklandNew Zealand

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