organizational diversity

read to prepare yourselves for session 22

  1. Williams, K. Y., & O'Reilly, I. I. I. C. A. (January 01, 1998). Demography and diversity in organizations: a review of 40 years of research. Research in Organizational Behavior, 20, 77.
    Don't necessarily read it all, but glance over it to get a sense for how it looked from the middle to the end of the previous century.
  2. Catmull, E. (September 01, 2008). How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity. Harvard Business Review, 64.
  3. And then for a slightly newer, and different, take on the topic of organizational diversity, read
    DIVERSITY: Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse
    By Alison Reynolds and David Lewis in Harvard Business Review, 30 March 2017

things we'll talk about

  • ethics feeds into a discussion on diversity in organizations
  • in America, has the push for cultural, religious, ethnic, and gender diversity affected the way organizations recruit and hire new members?
  • is it an organization's responsibility to ensure that it is diverse?
  • how can organizations balance the need to recruit the best possible members with the need to recruit diverse members? or is it a false choice?
  • how can organizations prevent biases from influencing recruiting decisions?

or are we framing the discussion in an entirely incorrect manner? What is our understanding of organizational diversity?

If the session will include an in-class exercise, it will be noted here.