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1st Edition

Diversity and Inclusion
A Research Proposal Framework

ISBN 9780367149420
Published April 8, 2019 by Routledge
104 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Aimed at assisting doctoral candidates and early-career researchers and their supervisors globally, this book is the first of its type to address the challenges faced by students when proposing new programs of research in the disciplines of gender, race, identity, indigeneity, and diversity within management and business. The problems researchers face derive from a lack of familiarity with the needed alignment of the methodology, conceptual framework, and the nature of epistemologies used in creating a coherent proposal. This results in project delays and unnecessary time in review as doctoral students and committees attempt to provide the required alignment.

Essential reading for students and faculty engaged in these fields of study, the book provides a practical guide on how to navigate through these challenges and to arrive at a workable proposal that meets the requirements of the academy. To assist doctoral students in conducting their research, the book provides narratives that illustrate the complexities of researching gender, race, identity, indigeneity, and diversity in broad terms. It explains the importance of such research in creating positive social change and helping students identify the appropriate conceptual framework, align the problem statement with a purpose, construct the research question and the nature of the study, and identify the correct method to conduct the research.

An essential guide for students and doctoral researchers, this book explains the dominant and marginalized epistemological orientations to acquaint doctoral researchers with the effects of their selections on the outcomes of their research. It provides guidance as to the appropriateness of quantitative or qualitative methods based on the selected epistemology and the problem statement.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Framing the Conversation

Chapter 2: Role of Social Justice and the Researcher

Chapter 3: Responsible Research

Chapter 4: Implications of Ontology and Epistemology

Chapter 5: Research Design

Chapter 6: Examples, Lessons, and Pitfalls


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Hamid H. Kazeroony has taught in a variety of executive and international programs and is currently a contributing faculty at Walden University, PhD Management Program and is a Professor at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He has published widely on issues relating to management education, research methods, and responsible management.

Yvonne du Plessis is a Professor at North West University, South Africa. She specializes in managing organizational behaviour, people and behavioural perspectives in project management, and culture and leadership in multiple cultural settings.


"This is a much needed book to understand technicalities and sensitivities of methodology in diversity and inclusion research. It will be useful for research scholars and practitioners alike in theorising, identifying, collecting, and analysing relevant empirical evidence to develop a nuanced and contextual understanding of diversity."

Jawad Syed, PhD, Academic FCIPD, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership, Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

"It is truly wonderful to see this handbook that is specifically aimed at gender, race, indigeneity, identity, and diversity (GRIID) research as a field of inquiry. Professors Kazeroony and du Plessis have thoughtfully crafted a roadmap to help researchers critically think, plan, and undertake work in this field. The book closes with some personal experiences, thoughtful advice, and future research topics shared by established scholars in the field. This title is a critical resource for doctoral students, faculty, and scholarly practitioners."

Eddy Ng, Professor and FC Manning Chair in Economics and Business, Dalhousie University, Canada