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The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods

ISBN 9780367211486
Published October 14, 2020 by Routledge
280 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Organizational diversity has become a topic of interest for practitioners and academics alike. This book explores how diversity in organizations is, and can be researched, providing readers with insights into the potential research designs for studies in contemporary organizations.

This includes paying attention to methods but also to the role of the researcher and research bodies in the field, their potential as activists as well as to the theoretical question of standpoints in researching organizational diversity. Chapters also consider the diversity of research participants, inclusive research, and intersectionality. All contributors are experts in diversity research, and in their contributions, they reflect upon the appropriate methods for the specific type of diversity research they conduct, noting strengths and weaknesses and illustrating their arguments with practical examples from their work. 

This handbook will be of great value to academics, students, researchers, practitioners, and professionals with an interest in broadening their understanding of how to research organizational diversity in contemporary organizations or seeking to develop their awareness of diversity when researching management and organization, more generally.

Table of Contents


  1. Researching Organizational Diversity: Opportunities and Challenges
  2. Sine Nørholm Just, Annette Risberg, & Florence Villesèche


    PART I: Diverse bodies and the research context

  3. Colonialism as Context in Diversity Research
  4. Mrinalini Greedharry, Pasi Ahonen, & Janne Tienari

  5. Diversity Beyond Whiteness: The Possibilities for Anti-Racist Diversity Research
  6. Helena Liu

  7. White Bodies in Postcolonial Ethnographic Research
  8. Lotte Holck & Sara Louise Muhr

  9. Men Researching Women’s Experiences of Sexism and Discrimination: An Impossible Position?
  10. Nela Smolovic-Jones, Owain Smolovic-Jones, Scott Taylor, & Emily Yarrow

  11. Weird Ways of Normalizing: Queering Diversity Research through Norm Critique
  12. Jannick Friis Christensen

    PART II: Inclusive research

  13. Does Empirical Research on Work and Employment Consider the Needs of Disabled Participants? An Empirical Investigation
  14. Daniela Aidley & Kriss Fearon

  15. Overlooked or Undercooked? Critical Review & Recommendations for Experimental Methods in Diversity Research
    Jamie Gloor, Brooke A. Gazdag, & Max Reinwald
  16. Diversity as Heterogeneity and Inequality: The Case of Nationality
  17. Minna Paunova

  18. Claiming a Livable Academic Life as Critical Diversity Scholars: A Butlerian Reflection on our Collective Performativity
  19. Patrizia Zanoni, Marjan de Coster, Koen van Laer, Sandra Bogaers, Suzanne Decat, Frederike Scholz, Anne Theunissen, & Jannes Zwaenepoel

  20. Taking Liberties: Emancipating Knowledge for Equality
  21. Stephanie Schreven


    PART III: Doing field work

  22. Shadowing as a Liminal Space: A Relational View
  23. Nancy Aumais & Olivier Germain

  24. Feminist Organizational Ethnography: When the Epistemological Is Political
  25. Léa Dorion

  26. Queering LGBT-Friendliness: Three Possibilities (and Problems) In a Multi-Sited Ethnographic Approach to Diversity
  27. Olimpia Burchiellaro

  28. Videography: A Study of Diversity Management Taken to the Streets
  29. Annika Skoglund

    PART IV: From data to analysis

  30. Researching Business Celebrity Autobiographies: Mapping a New Site for Diversity Research.
  31. Maria Adamson

  32. Studying Diversity at Work from a Class Perspective: An Inductive and Supra-Categorical Approach
  33. Gloria Kutscher

  34. Studying Diversity with Social Network Analysis
  35. Florence Villeseche, Christoph Ellersgaard, & Anton Grau Larsen

  36. Causal Analysis in Qualitative Inquiry to Map Marginalization and Inclusion
  37. Patrice M. Buzzanell & Zoe DuPree Fine



  38. Doing Diversity Research – What Now?

Sine Nørholm Just, Annette Risberg, & Florence Villesèche

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Sine Nørholm Just is Pofessor of Strategic Communication at the Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University.

Annette Risberg holds a PhD from Lund University, Sweden and is Professor of Diversity Management at Copenhagen Business School

and Professor of Organization and Management at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Florence Villesèche is Associate Professor and Academic Director of the Business in Society platform for Diversity and Difference at Copenhagen Business School.


"The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods is an enriching and thought-provoking fills some of the gaps in postgraduate research methods training, at the same time staying relevant to burgeoning organisation studies themes and resonating with student concerns. The most exciting parts are those where contributors manage to draw back the curtain to reveal what diversity fieldwork really looks and feels like, and why it is so personal and difficult to do." --Dr Mariana Bogdanova, London School of Economics, UK