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[10月22日] 管理学Workshop

发布日期:2021-10-18 12:04    来源:

Management Workshop, Fall 2021

主题: Why Difference Makes a Difference: Diversity, Inequality, and Institutionalization

主讲人Nancy DiTomaso, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University

时间2021-10-22    9am–10:30am

会议方式 会议号:952 7226 6465;密码:759353



The purpose of this paper is to explain why differences make such a difference by drawing on an historical, institutional, and structural account of intergroup relations and to show the relevance in the present of what has in the past shaped the differences that we take for granted as essential, enduring, and consequential. I make five fundamental points about the meaning of diversity and why difference makes a difference. First, I argue that diversity is always associated with hierarchical inequality, most prominently a racial hierarchy. Second, I emphasize the historical embeddedness of diversity through processes of institutionalization. Third, I emphasize that the structure of intergroup relations is also always subject to contentious politics and to social change. Fourth, I argue that understanding the consequences of diversity over time requires a multi-levelled analysis at the structural, cultural, and social psychological levels in their interrelationships and mutual causalitys. Fifth, I call attention to the epistemological ignorance that overlays inequality and the history of diversity. I conclude with a discussion of theoretical contributions and outline the need for anti-racist responses at multiple levels to break the link between diversity and inequality.


Nancy DiTomaso is Distinguished Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School—Newark and New Brunswick. Her research addresses issues of diversity, culture, and inequality, as well as the management of knowledge-based organizations, and the management of scientists and engineers. She has had articles published in such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Annual Review of Sociology, Research in Organizational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, California Management Review.