The Promise Of Diversity

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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.

Workplace diversity is one of the most critical issues facing organizations today. This book is a contemporary, future-focused business anthology that helps readers understand and address the often-controversial, always complex issues surrounding diversity, discrimination, and change management.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Those seeking cultural diversity in organizations hope to promote the identity of both the individual and the group, not merely to assimilate minorities into the dominant group. This book is a compilation of articles written by academics and business consultants on the ``struggle against oppression in organizations and the promise of diversity.'' Issues include racism, sexism, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, disability, age, etc. There are discussions of the history of oppression and of diversity in organizations, the challenges and opportunities faced, and what organizations would be like without discrimination. However, the most interesting section, ``Voices of Experience,'' provides an individual's perspective on discrimination. The ``chapters,'' while informative, are brief and appear more like journal articles. Recommended for academic libraries.-Kathy Shimpock-Vieweg, O'Connor-Cavanagh Lib., Phoenix, Ariz.
Brad Hooper
Terms such as "workplace diversity" and "multicultural workforce" have already been so bandied about that their importance and interest have been blunted. Behind the jargon, however, are the real issues of discrimination and equal opportunity, and many companies have instituted training programs and even hired "diversity directors." For trainers, program directors, and managers looking for resource material and background information, NTL Institute has compiled this anthology of articles, which emphasizes the value of diversity and thoroughly discusses the challenges involved in building a diverse workforce.
David Rouse
Terms such as "workplace diversity" and "multicultural workforce" have already been so bandied about that their importance and intent have been blunted. Behind the jargon, however, are the real issues of discrimination and equal opportunity, and many companies have instituted training programs and even hired diversity directors. For trainers, program directors, and managers looking for resource material and background information, NTL Institute has compiled this anthology of articles. The institute publishes the "Journal of Applied Behavioral Science" and is a nonprofit association of behavioral scientists working to resolve social problems and promote social change. The contributions here emphasize the value of diversity and thoroughly discuss the challenges involved in building a diverse workforce.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786303076
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • 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. 1 Perspectives on the History of Ameliorating Oppression and Supporting Diversity in United States Organizations 3
Ch. 2 The Challenge and Opportunities of Diversity 25
Ch. 3 Truth - Or Consequences? 32
Ch. 4 Forks in the Road: Critical Issues on the Path to Diversity 38
Ch. 5 White Women's Collusion: Caught between Oppression, Power, and Privilege 46
Ch. 6 Women of Color in Organizations: Revising Our Models of Gender at Work 52
Ch. 7 Valuing Differences: The Challenges of Personal Prejudice and Organizational Preference 60
Ch. 8 Racism: Multiple Perspectives - One Fear 67
Ch. 9 The Mechanics of Prejudice: What Changes When People Change? 74
Ch. 10 Daily Diversity: Individual Experience and Group Identity 79
Ch. 11 All Culture Change is Not the Same 87
Ch. 12 Interdependence: The Elusive Factor in Working with Diversity and Oppression 94
Ch. 13 An Injury to One is an Injury to All: How Unions Can Reemerge as Forces for Social Progress 100
Ch. 14 Toward Creativity, Cooperation, Community 111
Ch. 15 Authenticity: Unity without Uniformity 113
Ch. 16 When Diversity Means Added Value 115
Ch. 17 Coming to a Vision of a Multicultural System 116
Ch. 18 One of Many 118
Ch. 19 Save the Dream for Everyone 120
Ch. 20 Reflections on the Not-So-Level Playing Field 123
Ch. 21 The Limits of a Cultural Enlightenment Approach to Multiculturalism 130
Ch. 22 Sexual Orientation: A Workforce Diversity Issue 135
Ch. 23 The Invisible Minority: Emancipating Gays and Lesbians in the Workplace 142
Ch. 24 Understanding Black Identity: A Primer for Whites in Corporate America 150
Ch. 25 The White Male Category at the Intersection of Race and Gender 157
Ch. 26 White Men Can Help - But It's Hard 165
Ch. 27 Senior Executive Women, Power, and the American Business Organization 170
Ch. 28 Women in Organizations: The Struggle for Equity Continues 179
Ch. 29 Leadership: The Silencing of the Feminine 188
Ch. 30 Black and White Cultural Styles in Pluralistic Perspective 198
Ch. 31 Walking Toward Our Talk 207
Ch. 32 A Look Back, Twenty Years from Now 210
Ch. 33 Discard the Melting Pot: Diversity is Strength 213
Ch. 34 A Vision: The Agitated Organization 215
Ch. 35 America at the Crossroads 217
Ch. 36 Beyond Smiling Faces 219
Ch. 37 The New Challenge: For the Good of All 222
Ch. 38 The Future is Now 225
Ch. 39 Multicultural Organizational Development 231
Ch. 40 Organizational Development is Not the Same as Multicultural Organizational Development 240
Ch. 41 Diversity: Three Paradigms 252
Ch. 42 Developing Cross-Gender Partnership Competencies: Exploring the Seven C's 259
Ch. 43 Managing Diversity in Organizations: Empirical, Normative, and Public Policy Issues 267
Ch. 44 Collective Dis-Identity 272
Ch. 45 Peace within, Peace between, Peace among: A Satir Model for Multicultural Change 280
Ch. 46 A Model for Personal Change: Developing Intercultural Sensitivity 287
Ch. 47 Diversity Management: The Challenge of Change 294
Ch. 48 Feedback: Making a Difference in a World of Differences 301
Ch. 49 Diversity, Synergy, and Transformative Social Change 308
Ch. 50 Diversity in the Workplace: Optimizing the Value of Individual Differences through an Organizational Systems Approach 315
Ch. 51 Flex Management: A New Mind-Set for Today's Work Force 323
Ch. 52 NTL's Road to Multiculturalism: A Diverse History 333
Ch. 53 Theoretical Considerations in Organizational Diversity 339
Index 357
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