Identity, diversity and diversity management

Lotte Holck, Sara Louise Muhr, Florence Villesèche, Dr Inge Bleijenbergh, Dr Charlotte Hol
2016 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion  
Purpose: We examine the relationship between the identity and diversity literatures and discuss how a better understanding of the theoretical connections between the two informs both diversity research and diversity management practices. Design/methodology/approach: Literature review followed by a discussion of the theoretical and practical consequences of connecting the identity and diversity literatures. Findings: We inform future research in three ways. First, by showing how definitions of
more » ... entity influence diversity theorizing in specific ways. Second, we explore how such definitions entail distinct foci regarding how diversity should be analyzed and interventions actioned. Third, we discuss how theoretical coherence between definitions of identity and diversity perspectives -as well as knowledge about a perspective's advantages and limitationsis crucial for successful diversity management research and practice. Research limitations/implications: We argue for a better understanding of differences, overlaps and limits of different identity perspectives, and for a stronger engagement with practice. Practical implications: Our work can encourage policy makers, diversity and HR managers to question their own practices and assumptions leading to more theoretical informed diversity management practices. Originality/value: The theoretical connections between identity and diversity literature have so far not been reviewed systematically. Our work foregrounds how important it is for diversity scholars to consider identity underpinnings of diversity research to help further develop the field within and beyond the three streams we discuss.
doi:10.1108/edi-08-2014-0061 fatcat:ufqrmwl3nbe5fo526mt3loti74