Diversity in the Workplace
- ID: 1866084
- August 2011
- 222 pages
- Ashgate Publishing
Most regions and countries in the world are experiencing increasingly diverse populations and labour markets. While the causes may vary, the challenges businesses face due to a heightened awareness of this diversity are often similar. Internally, organisations promote diversity and manage increasingly heterogeneous workforces, accommodate and integrate employees with different value and belief systems, and combat a range of different forms of discrimination with organisational and also societal consequences. Externally, organisations have to manage demands from government, consumer, and lobbying sources for the implementation of anti-discrimination policies and laws. This has generated demand for appropriate higher level teaching programmes and for more diversity-focused research.
Diversity in the Workplace responds to the increasing social and political debate and interest in diversity throughout Europe. The contributors discuss the concept of diversity in different social and legal contexts and from the perspectives of different academic disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy and organizational theory. The book includes a European view and the makings of a conceptual framework to literature on diversity that hitherto has tended to be US orientated and overwhelmingly practice focused. It will stimulate fruitful exchanges of ideas about different approaches to the challenges faced by businesses and organisations of all kinds.
With chapters by authors involved in research into diversity issues at leading academic institutions across Europe, this book offers much that will interest academics, researchers and higher level students, as well as practitioners wanting to understand managing workforce diversity; affirmative action programmes; and anti-discriminatory policy and practice in a wider context. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
Contents: Preface; Part I Conceptualizing Diversity: Introduction, Stefan Gröschl; Integrating diversity: identities replayed, Laurent Bibard; The dubious power of diversity management, Yvonne Benschop; Diversity – a strategic issue?, Karsten Jonsen, Susan C. Schneider and Martha Maznevski; Diversity management at business schools and universities: how do we change 'tomorrow's managers'?, Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen, Gonzalo Sánchez Gardey and Simon Tywuschik; Multicultural identities and culture work, Junko Takagi; Globalization: on being different, Susan C. Schneider. Part II Contextualizing Diversity: Diversity management in Denmark: evolutions from 2002 to 2009, Eva Boxenbaum, Monica Gjuvsland and Clarissa Eva Leon; The value of investigating stakeholder involvement in diversity management, Anne-marie Greene and Gill Kirton; The gendered intersectional corporation and diversity management, Jeff Hearn and Jonna Louvrier; Diversity management between 'myth and ceremony' and strategic economic rationale – theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence from Germany, Inéz Labucay; The dark side of the rainbow: a research model of occupational stress and lesbian, gay and bisexuals (LGBs) in the workplace, Marilyn J. Davidson; Ethnic and religious diversity in the Balkan area, Cedomir Nestorovic; Index.