Bringing together prominent scholars in the field of organizational communication to examine the relationship between difference and organizing, this book explores the concept in a comprehensive and systematic way. Part I explores numerous ways in which difference can be critically examined as a communicative phenomenon; Part II addresses how best to teach difference, including pragmatic recommendations for explaining the topic and making it relevant to students’ lives; and Part III broadly examines difference as a central construct in applied organizational communication research. Ultimately, the book serves to carve out a new agenda for studies of difference and organization, and it challenges instructors and students alike to think about and explore difference in a more complex and productive manner.

Different Ways of Talking about Intervention Goals

Different ways of talking about intervention goals
John G.McClellan, StephenWilliams, and StanleyDeetz

Different Ways of Talking about Intervention Goals

Difference is an increasingly important issue in organization studies. Many contemporary organizations attempt to promote difference among participants by engaging in various intervention strategies to encourage diversity, equity, advancement, and development of underrepresented groups. In addition, with many organizational communication scholars embracing constitutive perspectives of communication, attention is increasingly being placed on studying discourse as productive of organizational life (e.g., Grant, Hardy, Oswick, & Putnam, 2004). Thus, paying attention to the ways in which difference is discursively constructed is key to understanding difference-oriented intervention programs.

This chapter attends to difference as enacted and enabled through particular forms of talk about changing aspects of ...

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