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Palgrave Macmillan

Metaphor and Dialectic in Managing Diversity

ISBN 9781137022677
Publication Date July 2012
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The diversity of the workforce and the implications for management continue to be the focus of a great deal of interest. This is partly because of the importance and urgency of the issues that diversity entails and also because of a growing recognition that many of the dilemmas of diversity management are not proving amenable to easy solutions. Indeed, recent research demonstrates that Britain and the US are, in many ways, becoming more, rather than less unequal societies. This book suggests that metaphor and dialectic play a powerful role in shaping our understandings of ourselves and each other. It draws on original research in organizations and in management education to explore how we can become more aware of these processes within ourselves and challenge those assumptions and stereotypes that contribute to maintaining people in disadvantaged positions.

CHRISTINA SCHWABENLAND Reader in Public and Voluntary Sector Management at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and has taught and researched diversity management in voluntary organizations in the UK and in India. She is the author of Stories, Visions and Values in Voluntary Organisations and has published in a number of journals including Organization and Journal of Management Education.

Re-writing Imagination into Management
'All beautiful poetry is an act of resistance' Introducing Metaphor
Fireworks and Football Crowds: Metaphor as Theory
Listening to Evelyn Glennie: Metaphor as Art
'Exchanges with strangers and things alien' Introducing Dialectic
Polarities, Paralysis and Paradox: Centrifugal Dialectics
Hybridity and Synthesis: Centripetal Dialectics
Cacophony or Polyphony? Concluding Thoughts


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