Lecture 11 PC Debate - The PC Debate: Implications for...

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The PC Debate: Implications for Managing Diversity in Organizations October 22, 2008
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Diversity has mixed effects Diversity (especially deep level) can facilitate creativity and innovation. But it can also create social division, lower cohesion and decrease communication. Organizations spend billions of dollars each year on sensitivity training programs. Are organizations being “politically correct?
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What is political correctness? Definition : Any accommodation a person makes in his or her language or behavior that is intended to provide a minimum of offense to members of other demographic groups PINC PC Fat Horizontally Challenged Indian Native American He He/She Merry Christmas Happy Holidays
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The Debate Over Political Correctness Arguments in favor of being PC Organizations are becoming increasingly diverse and people must learn to be sensitive to each other’s differences . Arguments against being PC. Political correctness stifles free speech and is a threat to democracy and academic freedom (Berman, 1992)
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How do ILR students view PC? Q: It can be liberating to be PINC. Agree: 40% Neutral: 28% Disagree: 32% Q: It can be stifling to be PC. Agree:40% Neutral: 30% Disagree: 30%
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Gender Differences It Can Be Liberating to be Politically Incorrect 3.4 2.6 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 Men Women 1 = Strongly Disagree, 5 = Strongly Agree t (207) = 4.59, p < .01
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Key Research Question Does the self censorship that results from the
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Lecture 11 PC Debate - The PC Debate: Implications for...

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