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HRINZ Conference 2004 Shifting the Thinking
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Kristin Lyon

F6 Diversity Management: a generation cohort perspective

Kristin Lyon, HR Advisor,
Royal NZ Plunket Society Inc

Managers in New Zealand organisations are finding managing diversity is increasingly a challenge they face as they respond to demographic changes, changes in the composition of the available talent pool and increasing links between diversity and business success. Simply keeping within current anti-discrimination legislation and expressing a wish to be a “fair” employer will no longer be sufficient to maintain competitive advantage.

This workshop aims to provide an overview of diversity management, the concept of generational cohorts as a form of diversity and its links to organisations competitive advantage.

The session will conclude with a brief overview of the presenter’s current research and how she believes this will contribute to a better understanding of generational diversity and what implications these findings may have for organisations.

Attendees to this workshop will be able to:

  • Gain the latest knowledge about diversity management.
  • Identify the characteristics of each of the 4 generational cohorts in the workplace today.
  • Appreciate the importance of managing diversity and its links to competitive advantage.
  • Share understanding and experiences of generational diversity.

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All levels

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Presentation 35%; Q&A 10%; group work 55%



Kristin Lyon is a MHRINZ with over six years HR experience. Kristin has worked for organisations in the Education, State and Not for Profit sectors as well as an HR consultant. Kristin’s experience includes Health and Safety, Remuneration, Industrial Relations, Recruitment and Retention, Performance Management, Change Management, and Management Development.

Kristin completed her MA in Occupational Psychology at Massey University in Palmerston North in 1994 before heading off on her OE where her experiences included teaching conversational English at a University in Moscow. After returning from her OE Kristin began extramural study towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration endorsed in Human Resource Management graduating in May 2002.

Kristin is currently employed by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Inc. based in their Wellington National Office. She is also working towards her PhD in Human Resource Management at Massey University. Her area of interest is the area of diversity management with respect to generational cohorts.

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