Benefitsofdiversity

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http://jab.sagepub.com Behavioral Science The Journal of Applied DOI: 10.1177/0021886308314460 2008; 44; 116 Journal of Applied Behavioral Science Flannery G. Stevens, Victoria C. Plaut and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks Positive Organizational Change Unlocking the Benefits of Diversity: All-Inclusive Multiculturalism and http://jab.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/44/1/116 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: NTL Institute can be found at: The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science Additional services and information for http://jab.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://jab.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://jab.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/44/1/116 SAGE Journals Online and HighWire Press platforms): (this article cites 52 articles hosted on the Citations © 2008 NTL Institute. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution. by SJO TEMP 2008 on June 30, 2008 http://jab.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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0 Unlocking the Benefits of Diversity All-Inclusive Multiculturalism and Positive Organizational Change Flannery G. Stevens University of Michigan Victoria C. Plaut The University of Georgia Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks University of Michigan As the demographic composition of organizations in the United States rapidly shifts, such that minority groups are becoming the numerical and economic majority, organi- zations are grappling with ways to manage diversity in the workplace. The two forms of diversity initiatives most frequently implemented in organizations—colorblindness and multiculturalism—have clear benefits; however, each also contributes to feelings of exclusion by different organizational members. In this article, the authors describe problematic issues raised by these two approaches to diversity and offer an alternative perspective—all-inclusive multiculturalism, or the AIM model. The authors posit that AIM serves as a catalyst for positive and effective organizational change through the development of social capital and positive relationships at work and enables organiza- tional members to grow to their fullest potential. Keywords: multiculturalism; colorblindness; organizational change; diversity; inclusion T he U.S. workforce, owing to the steady increase of demographic minority entrants, is in a rapid state of change. Populations typically underrepresented in organizations, particularly ethnic minorities and women, have become an integral THE JOURNAL OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, Vol. 44 No. 1, March 2008 116-133 DOI: 10.1177/0021886308314460 © 2008 NTL Institute © 2008 NTL Institute. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution. by SJO TEMP 2008 on June 30, 2008
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