Reconciling competing discourses of diversity? : the UK non-profit sector between social justice and the business case

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/251013
Title:
Reconciling competing discourses of diversity? : the UK non-profit sector between social justice and the business case
Authors:
Tomlinson, Frances; Schwabenland, Christina
Abstract:
The tension between the business case and social justice approaches forms a crucial point of debate in the diversity and equality field. However, their presentation as essentially oppositional is brought into question when the ‘business’ of the organization itself concerns social justice. This article draws on research in UK voluntary (non-profit) organizations to reveal the ambiguities and variations found in local constructions of equality and diversity. Managers and diversity specialists reconciled moral and business rationales through re-inscribing utilitarian arguments within an organizational commitment to social justice; however, significant dilemmas associated with doing diversity remained. The article argues for a shift in the research agenda away from competing ‘cases’ and towards investigating how the challenges that diversity presents can be worked through in day-to-day organizational practice.
Citation:
Tomlinson, F., Schwabenland, C. (2009) 'Reconciling Competing Discourses of Diversity? The UK Non-Profit Sector Between Social Justice and the Business Case' Organization 17 (1):101-121
Publisher:
Sage Journals
Journal:
Organization
Issue Date:
Jan-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/251013
DOI:
10.1177/1350508409350237
Additional Links:
http://org.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1350508409350237
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1350-5084
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Leadership Innovation (CLI)

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorTomlinson, Francesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSchwabenland, Christinaen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-05T15:19:43Zen
dc.date.available2012-11-05T15:19:43Zen
dc.date.issued2010-01en
dc.identifier.citationTomlinson, F., Schwabenland, C. (2009) 'Reconciling Competing Discourses of Diversity? The UK Non-Profit Sector Between Social Justice and the Business Case' Organization 17 (1):101-121en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1350-5084en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1350508409350237en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/251013en
dc.description.abstractThe tension between the business case and social justice approaches forms a crucial point of debate in the diversity and equality field. However, their presentation as essentially oppositional is brought into question when the ‘business’ of the organization itself concerns social justice. This article draws on research in UK voluntary (non-profit) organizations to reveal the ambiguities and variations found in local constructions of equality and diversity. Managers and diversity specialists reconciled moral and business rationales through re-inscribing utilitarian arguments within an organizational commitment to social justice; however, significant dilemmas associated with doing diversity remained. The article argues for a shift in the research agenda away from competing ‘cases’ and towards investigating how the challenges that diversity presents can be worked through in day-to-day organizational practice.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSage Journalsen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://org.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1350508409350237en_GB
dc.subjectdiversityen_GB
dc.subjectequalityen_GB
dc.subjectmanaging diversityen_GB
dc.subjectnon-profit organizationsen_GB
dc.subjectsocial justiceen_GB
dc.titleReconciling competing discourses of diversity? : the UK non-profit sector between social justice and the business caseen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalOrganizationen_GB
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