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date: 17 June 2019

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This chapter explores the business case for diversity as it is situated within the broader discourse of diversity management. Of interest is the ‘making of meaning’ in terms of how arguments in support of the organizational benefits of diversity management are communicated and thus legitimized. Although this chapter is dedicated to the specifics of the business case for diversity, a brief discussion of its origins within the evolution of the broader discourse of diversity management is included. Asking a series of fundamental questions, this chapter shows it is important to consider both the intended and unintended consequences of the reliance of the business case.

Keywords: Business case, diversity, diversity management, discourse, organizational benefits

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