Do You Promote The Business Case or Social Justice Case For Diversity?

The business case for Diversity is one of my favourite topics for all the wrong reasons.

Find out if it’s about the money or is about Justice?

Here are some key topics covered from this episode:

  • The influence of Milton Friedman on diversity narratives
  • A huge limitation of this interesting research paper
  • An useful example of researcher bias

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

The Business case for Diversity is underpinned by the Friedman doctrine

“Both of these reflect the Friedman Doctrine in action. The Friedman Doctrine named after influential Economist Milton Friedman says that the primary responsibility of an organisation is to its shareholders and that the primary goal of an organisation is to maximise returns to the shareholders.”

There’s a huge gap between what the research says and what the experts say

“nowhere is the gap between research and practice wider than when comparing research findings and critical analyses of DM”

 Like it or not Social justice is more important than ever before

“Last year the sudden interest in diversity, in social justice was driven by the work of Black Lives Matter and the murder of George Floyd in particular. Have you noticed that it’s slowly being erased?”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

The Friedman Doctrine

Diversity management: Are we moving in the right direction? Reflections from both sides of the North Atlantic

Interventions designed to reduce implicit prejudices and implicit stereotypes in real world contexts: a systematic review

Check out these related episodes of the show.

The Sameness Difference Dilemma

Is Your Diversity Approach About Individual or Group Differences?

The Propaganda Problem of Diversity & Inclusion

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