Critical Studies in Diversity Management Literature

A Review and Synthesis

  • George Gotsis
  • Zoe Kortezi

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

About this book


This book critically examines current workplace diversity management practices and explores a nuanced framework for undertaking, supporting, and implementing policies that equally favor all people. It presents critical perspectives that not only elevate respect for differences but also provide insights into the nature and dynamics of differences in view of an inclusive and truly participative organizational environment.

The book first presents a brief overview of the connotations associated with workplace diversity and its effective management. Next, it focuses on the organizational appropriation of differences through the formation and mediation of various diversity discourses. It demonstrates the particular articulations of these discourses with inequality and oppressive structures that perpetuate structural disadvantage due to existing power disparity between dominant and unprivileged group members. The book then goes on to underscore the need of constructing relational and context-sensitive diversity management frameworks.

Overall, the book outlines that current business cases for diversity focus solely on instrumental goals and tangible outcomes and, as a result, fail to fully capture the complexity as well as the particularity of the diversity phenomenon. The book underlines the necessity for a more inclusive paradigm, implying a progressive problem-shift in the dominant diversity research agenda from a market-driven business-oriented diversity management to one highly valuing, affirming, and respecting otherness.


Critical Diversity Theory Diversity Discourses Diversity Management Diversity Practices Holitistic Management Development Humanistic Management Inclusive Organizational Culture Organizational Appropriation of Differences

Authors and affiliations

  • George Gotsis
    • 1
  • Zoe Kortezi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and History of ScienceNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAno Ilissia, AthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy and History of ScienceNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAno Ilissia, AthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9474-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9475-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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