Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal(Mis)managing diversity: exploring the dangers of diversity managementorthodoxyDavid Knights Vedran OmanovićArticle information:To cite this document:David Knights Vedran Omanović, (2016)," (Mis)managing diversity: exploring the dangers of diversitymanagement orthodoxy ", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 35 Iss 1 pp.5 - 16Permanent link to this document:Downloaded on: 23 December 2016, At: 19:22 (PT)References: this document contains references to 29 other documents.To copy this document: [email protected]The fulltext of this document has been downloaded 1942 times since 2016*Users who downloaded this article also downloaded:(2016),"Identity, diversity and diversity management: On theoretical connections, assumptions andimplications for practice", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 35 Iss 1 pp.48-64 (2016),"Workplace diversity management in Australia: What do managers think and what areorganisations doing?", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 35 Iss 2 pp.81-98 Access to this document was granted through an Emerald subscription provided by emerald-srm:581774 For AuthorsIf you would like to write for this, or any other Emerald publication, then please use our Emeraldfor Authors service information about how to choose which publication to write for and submissionguidelines are available for all. Please visit for more information.About Emerald Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The companymanages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2,350 books and book series volumes, aswell as providing an extensive range of online products and additional customer resources andservices.Emerald is both COUNTER 4 and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a partner of theCommittee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative fordigital archive preservation.*Related content and download information correct at time of download.Downloaded by UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA At 19:22 23 December 2016 (PT)
(Mis)managing diversity:exploring the dangers ofdiversity management orthodoxyDavid KnightsLancaster University Management School, Lancaster, UK, andVedran OmanovićSchool of Business, Economics and Law,Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, SwedenAbstractPurpose–The purpose of this paper is to challenge the dominance of the mainstream discourse andpractice of diversity management (DM) by identifying and problematizing three distinct but relatedissues that it encompasses: first, its tendency to displace all alternative approaches; second, its generalneglect of the social-historical context and third, its almost exclusive focus on the business caserationale for supporting diversity.