Constantly Trying Organizations: Ambiguities, Contradictions, and Paradoxes in Diversity Work

Annette Risberg

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Purpose: Explain why it is difficult to manage diversity in organizations
Theory: Ambiguities, contradictions and paradoxes in organizations and diversity management
Method: Longitudinal, qualitative single case study of diversity work at a Swedish Municipality
Findings: Diversity work is characterized by unclear motives, a struggle with goals, diffuse meanings of diversity, a plurality of operationalization of the policy, uncertain responsibility, and unclear outcomes.
Conclusions: We suggest approaching diversity management in terms of trying rather than success and failure to account for the contingencies and evolution of diversity work.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventNEON 2020: Tillitsbasert styring og ledelse i forandringenes tid - Online konference, Norway
Duration: 17 Nov 202019 Nov 2020


ConferenceNEON 2020
LocationOnline konference
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  • Diversity management
  • Implementation
  • Process
  • Ambiguity
  • Contradiction
  • Paradox

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