Aliens at the ivory tower: Diversity resistance amongst organizational subgroups in a tale of two Indian schools

Tania Jain

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Diversity management is a key challenge confronting most contemporary organisations. Although several strategic responses to this challenge have been prescribed (Dass & Parker, 1999), the resistance perspective of diversity remains under-theorised and empirically unexplored. With limited success of organisational diversity initiatives and increasing traction of organisational and social justice issues, diversity scholarship must contemplate an in-depth study of serious underlying, but often latent, diversity resistance issues. Diversity resistance is a complex phenomenon that is inextricably linked to demands for institutional change and formed actor identities. The purpose of this project is to identify the origins of diversity resistance and its earliest manifestations through the construction and enactment of institutional structures, regulations, rituals, routines, and practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM2016 Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationThriving in Turbulent Times
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9549608-9-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventThe British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference: Thriving in Turbulent Times - Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20168 Sept 2016
Conference number: 30th Annual conference


ConferenceThe British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference
Abbreviated titleBAM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Gender and diversity
  • Social Class
  • Education
  • Schools


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