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Paradoxes Of Organizational Diversity

Cindy P. Lindsay
Journal of Managerial Issues
Vol. 5, No. 4 (Winter 1993), pp. 547-566
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40604003
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

Based on the paradoxical perspective expounded by Smith and Berg (1987), this article proposes three paradoxical cycles of incorporating diverse members in organizations. First, the "paradox of values" addresses the self-limiting process of incorporation of diverse values within existing organizational values hierarchies. Second, the "paradox of fit" examines the process of accommodation by participants who attempt to fit within the existing organization. Third, the "paradox of categories" explores negative consequences of subgroup identification. Finally, disclosure is suggested and explained as a method for living within these paradoxes.

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