Diversity and its Impact on Organizational Performance: The Influence of Diversity Constructions on Expectations and Outcomes

Starlene M. Simons, Kimberly N. Rowland


Diversity and diverse integration viewpoints into organizations are pertinent in a world of shifting demographic patterns and work practices. The challenge of implementing diversity in organizations is increased by the lack of clarification regarding the difference between functional and social diversity in the literature, which results in a lack of differentiation in organizational policies. This lack of clarification is reflected in theoretical research regarding diversity in the workforce and in pragmatic research regarding diversity. This research thematically analyzes the definitions of diversity in management literature to determine whether this differentiation is made in theoretical or practical discussions of diversity management.


diversity, social diversity, functional diversity, innovation, performance, diversity management

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