- The Oxford Handbook of Diversity in Organizations
- List of Illustrations
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Mapping the Field of Diversity in Organizations
- The Politics of Equality and Diversity: History, Society, and Biography
- Duelling Dualisms: A History of Diversity Management
- Theories of Difference, Diversity, and Intersectionality: What Do They Bring to Diversity Management?
- Rethinking Diversity in Organizations and Society
- Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion Practices at the Organizational, Group, and Individual Levels
- Reframing Diversity Management
- Advancing Postcolonial Approaches in Critical Diversity Studies
- A Postcolonial Deconstruction of Diversity Management and Multiculturalism
- Queer Perspectives Fuelling Diversity Management Discourse: Theoretical and Empirical-Based Reflections
- Ambiguous Diversities: Practices and Perceptions of Diversity Management
- Individuals, Teams, and Organizational Benefits of Managing Diversity: An Evidence-Based Perspective
- Organizational Benefits through Diversity Management: Theoretical Perspectives on the Business Case
- Explaining Diversity Management Outcomes: What Can Be Learned from Quantitative Survey Research?
- Challenges and Opportunities: Contextual Approaches to Diversity Research and Practice
- In Search of the ‘Real’: The Subversive Potential of Ethnography in the Field of Diversity Management
- Collecting Narratives and Writing Stories of Diversity: Reflecting on Power and Identity in Our Professional Practice
- Rethinking Higher Education Diversity Studies through a Diversity Management Frame
- Global Diversity Management: Breaking the Local Impasse
- Entrepreneurship and Diversity
- Practices of Organizing and Managing Diversity in Emerging Countries: Comparisons between India, Pakistan, and South Africa
- Intersectionality at the Intersection: Paradigms, Methods, and Application—A Review
- The Intersectionalities of Age, Ethnicity, and Class in Organizations
- People with Disabilities: Identity, Stigmatization, Accommodation, and Intersection with Gender and Ageing in Effects on Employment Outcomes
- Of Race and Religion: Understanding the Roots of Anti-Muslim Prejudice in the United States
- Intersectionality, Social Identity Theory, and Explorations of Hybridity: A Critical Review of Diverse Approaches to Diversity
- Examining Diversity in Organizations from Critical Perspectives: The Validity of the Research Process
- Future Challenges for Practices of Diversity Management in Organizations
- From Here to There and Back Again: Transnational Perspectives on Diversity in Organizations
Abstract and Keywords
The problem addressed in this chapter is whether emphasis on the ‘business case’ has gone too far, for even on its own terms there have been questions concerning the actual commercial benefits of diversity management. The concern is that if practitioner interests in anti-discrimination are reduced to the business case, then any failure to achieve commercial benefits will condemn the whole programme. Consequently, there has to be some return to the social justice arguments for managing diversity. As a way of seeking to stimulate such developments, we have conducted a literature survey of the various methodological and analytical frameworks deployed in diversity in organizations research. This is in order to search for alternatives to the reduction of ideas and interests in diversity to a single managerial preoccupation with making diversity ‘pay’, or limiting diversity practices to their potential to generate commercial benefits.
David Knights is Professor at Bristol Business School and Swansea University’s College of Business, Economics and Law, and Visiting Professor at Stockholm University and Lancaster University.
School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University
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