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date: 23 February 2020

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The chapters in this handbook provide a comprehensive overview of the different approaches, perspectives and levels of analysis in diversity research. In doing so, they highlight the evolution of diversity as a science and practice, emphasizing existing conceptual and actionable knowledge on managing diverse workforces and capitalizing on the benefits of diversity in organizations. Each chapter offers suggestions for future research within specific topic areas that could help generate a broader and deeper understanding of diversity in organizations. The purpose of this chapter is to highlight points of intersection among the various topic areas and put forward meaningful areas of integration within the field. Specifically, I propose and discuss directions for a future research agenda including the conceptualization of diversity, mechanisms underlying diversity effects, contextual influences, diversity management and a more universal approach to the study of diversity.

Keywords: diversity as a science, future directions, scientific integration, diversity mechanisms, diversity context, diversity management, holistic perspective

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