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Ilrob October 17, 2007 The PC Debate: Implications for Managing Diversity in Organizations I. Diversity a. Can facilitate creativity and innovation b. Can also create social division, lower cohesion, and decreased communication c. Organizations spend millions of dollars each year on sensitivity training programs d. Are organizations being “politically correct?” II. Political correctness a. Any accommodation a person makes in his or her language or behavior that is intended to provide a minimum offence to members of other demographic groups b. Arguments in favor of being PC i. Organizations are becoming increasingly diverse and people need to be sensitive to each others differences ii. Learning how people want to be treated and treating them that way c. Arguments against PC i. Political correctness stifles free speech and is a threat to democracy and academic freedom d. “It can be liberating to be politically incorrect” 1. Agree: 40% 2. Neutral: 28% 3. Disagree: 32% ii.
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