The changing demography of the workforce presents challenges and opportunities to individuals and to the organizations of which they are a part. This volume examines how diversity in organizations affords benefits such as a broader talent pool, but at the same time can lead to tension, misunderstanding and, at times, outright hostility.
Chapter 9: A Diversity Framework
For the past few years, much discussion has taken place around the topics of diversity and related subjects such as affirmative action, understanding differences, valuing differences, understanding diversity, valuing diversity, pluralism, multiculturalism, and inclusion. All of these subjects and others are often considered under the umbrella of diversity. Unfortunately, because little time has been devoted to understanding diversity per se (independent of workforce issues), the ongoing discussions have positioned diversity as akin to affirmative action and have caused a substantial amount of confusion.1
I believe that waiting to be teased out on its own merits—rather than on the premise of being the next generation of affirmative action—is a diversity framework that can strengthen managerial and organizational approaches to a ...