Call for Papers
Diversity scholarship has become increasingly varied over the past two decades (Prasad et al., 2005). From a starting
point of positivist and managerialist approaches (Prasad & Mills, 1997), the field has expanded to include subjectivist
and inter-subjectivist paradigmatic approaches, with associated methods, epistemologies and ontological understandings. Examples
can be found across the range of paradigmatic frameworks, including critical, feminist, poststructuralist, interpretivist,
symbolic interactionist, postcolonialist, relational constructionism, and reflexive dialogism (Bendl et al., in press). While
this has broadened the discussion in the field it has also – as the recent debates around intersectionality has shown – created
some confusions about how to undertake diversity research.
In this sub-theme, we focus on the different paradigms in diversity scholarship and how they influence all phases of the research process like, for example, how to frame research questions, what research object to choose, which data sources to collect and analyze, how to assess the role of the researcher and finally, what contribution to make with the research in itself. Our overall aim is to provide both a space for paradigmatic debate and development as well as discussion on how to undertake different approaches to diversity management.
To that end we are looking for papers that address, but are not necessarily limited to the following topics:
- Action research in the field of diversity management – A reflexive approach
- Diversity scholarship – A critical perspective on the research process
- Diversity scholarship from the margins – Postcolonialist perspectives
- Doing diversity management – Challenges and solutions
- Ethnographical approaches towards examining diversity in organizations
- Examining intersectionalism – Methodological challenges
- Managing your way through paradigmatic differences in diversity perspectives
- Bendl, R., Bleijenbergh, I., Henttonen, E., & Mills, A.J. (eds.) [in press]: The Oxford Handbook of Diversity in Organizations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Prasad, P., & Mills, A.J. (1997): "From showcase to shadow. Understanding the dilemmas of managing workplace diversity." In: P. Prasad, A.J. Mills, M. Elmes & A. Prasad (eds.): Managing the Organizational Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, pp. 3–27.
- Prasad, P., Pringle, J.K., & Konrad, A.M. (2005): "Examining the contours of workplace diversity." In: A.M. Konrad, P. Prasad & J.K. Pringle (eds.): Handbook of Workplace Diversity. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, pp. 1–22.