Diversity in Organizations
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
IV. THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
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Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition
How to Cite
Hebl, M. R. and Avery, D. R. 2012. Diversity in Organizations. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition.
- Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
In 2003, Alderfer and Sims wrote a well-received chapter in the Handbook of Psychology on diversity in organizations. The current chapter serves to update the research that has been done since this preceding chapter was published. To do this, we begin by defining diversity-related constructs and consider the benefits and challenges to conducting diversity-related research. We then specifically consider some of the diversity-related theories that Alderfer and Sims discussed and situate much of the last decade of diversity-related research in these and other more relevant theories. We then focus the reader on four particular topics that we believe are essential issues to consider in conducting diversity-related research. For these topics, we describe relevant literature and recommend future research directions. Finally, we draw general conclusions about diversity in organizations and speculate about what the most important theoretical and practical diversity-related research issues might be for the next decade.