Diversity Management: A Critical Review and Agenda for the Future

Köllen, Thomas (2019). Diversity Management: A Critical Review and Agenda for the Future. Journal of Management Inquiry, 28, p. 105649261986802. Sage 10.1177/1056492619868025

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Although a widespread management approach, diversity management is far from being a well-defined and unambiguous one. This article outlines how this management practice emerged, and how it is enacted, and it identifies and critically discusses the two crucial areas of dissent or ambivalence within the diversity management discourse: first, the dimensionality of diversity management, and second, its legitimacy. The first issue addresses the prioritization of certain dimensions, the difficulty of clearly demarcating one dimension from another, and the unequal consideration of specific manifestations of each dimension. Taking into account the fact that everyone embodies at least one manifestation of every dimension of diversity, the aspect of intersectionality also belongs to the dimensionality of diversity. The legitimacy issue includes legitimate starting points, operating ranges, and desired outcomes of diversity management practices. The article concludes by looking toward possible future directions in diversity management research and diversity management practice.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

Köllen, Thomas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 170 Ethics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1056-4926

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Köllen

Date Deposited:

22 Oct 2019 12:55

Last Modified:

04 Sep 2020 22:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1056492619868025

Uncontrolled Keywords:

diversity/gender, legitimacy, ethics, diversity management, dimensionality of diversity, prioritization

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.134038

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134038

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