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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. PART I: Diverse bodies and the research context 

  3. Colonialism as Context in Diversity Research 
  4. Diversity Beyond Whiteness: The Possibilities for Anti-Racist Diversity Research 
  5. White Bodies in Postcolonial Ethnographic Research 
  6. Men Researching Women’s Experiences of Sexism and Discrimination: An Impossible Position? 
  7. Weird Ways of Normalizing: Queering Diversity Research through Norm Critique 
  8. PART II: Inclusive research 

  9. Does Empirical Research on Work and Employment Consider the Needs of Disabled Participants? An Empirical Investigation 
  10. Overlooked or Undercooked? Critical Review & Recommendations for Experimental Methods in Diversity Research 
  11. Diversity as Heterogeneity and Inequality: The Case of Nationality 
  12. Claiming a Livable Academic Life as Critical Diversity Scholars: A Butlerian Reflection on our Collective Performativity 
  13. Taking Liberties: Emancipating Knowledge for Equality  
  14. PART III: Doing field work  

  15. Shadowing as a Liminal Space: A Relational View 
  16. Feminist Organizational Ethnography: When the Epistemological Is Political 
  17. Queering LGBT-Friendliness: Three Possibilities (and Problems) In a Multi-Sited Ethnographic Approach to Diversity 
  18. Videography: A Study of Diversity Management Taken to the Streets 
  19. PART IV: From data to analysis 

  20. Researching Business Celebrity Autobiographies: Mapping a New Site for Diversity Research. 
  21. Studying Diversity at Work from a Class Perspective: An Inductive and Supra-Categorical Approach 
  22. Studying Diversity with Social Network Analysis  
  23. Causal Analysis in Qualitative Inquiry to Map Marginalization and Inclusion 
  24. Conclusion 

  25. Doing Diversity Research – What Now?  

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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