The Promise Of Diversity

The Promise Of Diversity

by Elsie Y. Cross
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786303077

ISBN-13: 9780786303076

Pub. Date: 06/01/1994

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

All the talk, all the new laws, all the seminars on learning to live with each other's differences - and still the workplace remains a hostile environment for too many people. Many organizations are still in the grip of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, even after the Civil Rights Act, the Women's Movement, countless workshops, support groups, and…  See more details below

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All the talk, all the new laws, all the seminars on learning to live with each other's differences - and still the workplace remains a hostile environment for too many people. Many organizations are still in the grip of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, even after the Civil Rights Act, the Women's Movement, countless workshops, support groups, and organizational initiatives. Is it possible to truly eliminate discrimination? Why do some companies persist in their efforts to challenge the status quo? The answer: the promise that diversity can create powerful options for a highly productive, synergistic workplace. Forward-thinking executives and managers know that their workforces will only grow more diverse. The sooner the organization fosters an environment where individuals and teams learn to work well together, the faster it achieves a competitive edge in an increasingly challenging marketplace. The Promise of Diversity is a contemporary, future-focused business anthology that represents the views of over 40 leaders, researchers, and practitioners who are actively working to address issues of oppression and diversity in organizations. Their enlightening essays cover such topics as throwing away the "melting pot" idea and regarding diversity as a strength, optimizing the value of individual difference through an organizational systems approach, developing cross-gender partnerships, the white male's current position at the intersection of race and gender, sexual orientation as a workforce diversity issue, and the problems faced by white women and women of color. Here are the hopes, fears, and dreams of leading change agents regarding the promise (and perils) of truediversity in the workplace. Representing each author's voice, style, and point of view, this collection of insightful articles is itself a living example of diversity and is destined to become a classic reference in its field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786303076
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors
Editors' Introduction
Preface: Why We Chose to Address Oppression
Ch. 1Perspectives on the History of Ameliorating Oppression and Supporting Diversity in United States Organizations3
Ch. 2The Challenge and Opportunities of Diversity25
Ch. 3Truth - Or Consequences?32
Ch. 4Forks in the Road: Critical Issues on the Path to Diversity38
Ch. 5White Women's Collusion: Caught between Oppression, Power, and Privilege46
Ch. 6Women of Color in Organizations: Revising Our Models of Gender at Work52
Ch. 7Valuing Differences: The Challenges of Personal Prejudice and Organizational Preference60
Ch. 8Racism: Multiple Perspectives - One Fear67
Ch. 9The Mechanics of Prejudice: What Changes When People Change?74
Ch. 10Daily Diversity: Individual Experience and Group Identity79
Ch. 11All Culture Change is Not the Same87
Ch. 12Interdependence: The Elusive Factor in Working with Diversity and Oppression94
Ch. 13An Injury to One is an Injury to All: How Unions Can Reemerge as Forces for Social Progress100
Ch. 14Toward Creativity, Cooperation, Community111
Ch. 15Authenticity: Unity without Uniformity113
Ch. 16When Diversity Means Added Value115
Ch. 17Coming to a Vision of a Multicultural System116
Ch. 18One of Many118
Ch. 19Save the Dream for Everyone120
Ch. 20Reflections on the Not-So-Level Playing Field123
Ch. 21The Limits of a Cultural Enlightenment Approach to Multiculturalism130
Ch. 22Sexual Orientation: A Workforce Diversity Issue135
Ch. 23The Invisible Minority: Emancipating Gays and Lesbians in the Workplace142
Ch. 24Understanding Black Identity: A Primer for Whites in Corporate America150
Ch. 25The White Male Category at the Intersection of Race and Gender157
Ch. 26White Men Can Help - But It's Hard165
Ch. 27Senior Executive Women, Power, and the American Business Organization170
Ch. 28Women in Organizations: The Struggle for Equity Continues179
Ch. 29Leadership: The Silencing of the Feminine188
Ch. 30Black and White Cultural Styles in Pluralistic Perspective198
Ch. 31Walking Toward Our Talk207
Ch. 32A Look Back, Twenty Years from Now210
Ch. 33Discard the Melting Pot: Diversity is Strength213
Ch. 34A Vision: The Agitated Organization215
Ch. 35America at the Crossroads217
Ch. 36Beyond Smiling Faces219
Ch. 37The New Challenge: For the Good of All222
Ch. 38The Future is Now225
Ch. 39Multicultural Organizational Development231
Ch. 40Organizational Development is Not the Same as Multicultural Organizational Development240
Ch. 41Diversity: Three Paradigms252
Ch. 42Developing Cross-Gender Partnership Competencies: Exploring the Seven C's259
Ch. 43Managing Diversity in Organizations: Empirical, Normative, and Public Policy Issues267
Ch. 44Collective Dis-Identity272
Ch. 45Peace within, Peace between, Peace among: A Satir Model for Multicultural Change280
Ch. 46A Model for Personal Change: Developing Intercultural Sensitivity287
Ch. 47Diversity Management: The Challenge of Change294
Ch. 48Feedback: Making a Difference in a World of Differences301
Ch. 49Diversity, Synergy, and Transformative Social Change308
Ch. 50Diversity in the Workplace: Optimizing the Value of Individual Differences through an Organizational Systems Approach315
Ch. 51Flex Management: A New Mind-Set for Today's Work Force323
Ch. 52NTL's Road to Multiculturalism: A Diverse History333
Ch. 53Theoretical Considerations in Organizational Diversity339
Index357

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