10.17 The PC Debate - The PC Debate Implications for...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style The PC Debate: Implications for Managing Diversity in Organizations October 17, 2007
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Diversity has mixed effects l Diversity (especially deep level) can facilitate creativity and innovation. l But it can also create social division, lower cohesion and decrease communication. l Organizations spend billions of dollars each year on sensitivity training programs. l Are organizations being “politically correct?
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What is political correctness? l 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 Crippled Disabled 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 (Mannix & Neale, 2005) . 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 does your class view PC? l Q: It can be liberating to be PINC. l Agree: 40% l Neutral: 28% l Disagree: 32% l Q: It can be stifling to be PC. l Agree:40% l Neutral: 30% l Disagree: 30%
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Gender Differences l 1 = Strongly Disagree, 5 = Strongly Agree l t (207) = 4.59, p < .01
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Key Research Question Does the self censorship that results from the adherence to norms for political correctness stifle peoples’ ability to freely express their creative ideas in work groups?
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Obvious answer?
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