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Globalization and its melting pot of different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures is attracting research that is gathering in substance and theory. A dynamic new field that represents a significant focus within management and organisation studies is emerging.

This Handbook showcases the scope of international perspectives that exist on workplace diversity and is the first to define this hotly contested field.

Part I of the Handbook dissects the theoretical reasons and shows how the study of workplace diversity follows different directions. Part II critiques quantitative and qualitative research methods within the field, while Part III investigates the parallels and distinctions between different workplace groups. Key issues are drawn together in an insightful introduction from the editors, and future directions for research are proposed in the conclusion.

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Diversity: Making Space for a Better Case
Diversity: Making space for a better case

In this chapter I analyze the business case for diversity to reveal the particular (social) constructions of diversity, human motivation and organizations upon which it stands, and from which it is produced. By making explicit these socially constructed, normalized meanings, I aim to interrupt their taken-for-grantedness. This clears a space for the consideration of alternative understandings of organizations, diversity and human motivation, and the proposition of rationales for diversity work not authorized within the mainstream management discourse.

Originating in the United States in the early 1990s, the business case for diversity is a management-focused, economic argument to promote corporate investment in workforce diversification. The business case links investments in organizational diversity initiatives to improvements ...

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