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Analyzing how unexamined cultural patterns influence an organization's culture, this book provides conceptual models and ideas about how to build practical approaches to organizational interventions. The contributors focus on the broad issues such as how organizational leaders shape and influence the agenda surrounding culture; cover institutional and organizational issues in corporate, educational, mental health, and service organizations; and discuss various organizational intervention strategies and approaches.

Enhancing Diversity Climate in Community Organizations
Enhancing diversity climate in community organizations
Roderick J.Watts and ArthurEvans

This chapter presents a practical model for consultants seeking to enhance the racial and ethnic climate of diverse nonprofit organizations. The elements of the model are presented in Figure 13.1. At the center is “common ground,” the ideal organizational state in which all racial and ethnic groups in the organization make a contribution to the organization's operation, and all feel equally respected and valued. The “feeling” or phenomenological dimension of common ground is akin to the concept of organizational climate. In this chapter, we are concerned with the view that employees develop of the racial and ethnic characteristics of the organization, which we and others (Kossek & Zonia, 1993) call diversity ...

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