Implementing the equality, diversity, and inclusion agenda in multinational companies: A framework for the management of (linguistic) diversity

Ciuk, Sylwia, Śliwa, Martyna ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4547-160X and Harzing, Anne-Wil ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1509-3003 (2022) Implementing the equality, diversity, and inclusion agenda in multinational companies: A framework for the management of (linguistic) diversity. Human Resource Management Journal . ISSN 0954-5395 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12487)

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Abstract

Advancing, both conceptually and practically, the equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) agenda, which is notoriously difficult to implement, this paper addresses the under-researched area of global diversity management (GDM) in multinational companies (MNCs). Drawing on Harrison and Klein’s (2007) conceptualisations of diversity (separation, variety, and disparity) and two core concepts (fluidity and reciprocity) that reflect recent developments in the EDI literature, we propose a two-step framework for implementing the EDI agenda through GDM.

We argue that to achieve inclusion, we first need to think differently about diversity and differences (i.e. view diversity in a positive light and recognise and appreciate diffe­rences as fluid), in order to act differently (i.e. promote reciprocal effort to leverage diversity). We illustrate our framework with the specific case of linguistic diversity, a diversity dimension that is particularly salient, but also often neglected in MNCs, and discuss the implications of the proposed framework for EDI theory as well as HRM policies and practice.

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Keywords (uncontrolled): disparity, equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) agenda, fluidity, global diversity management, language, language-based discrimination, linguistic diversity, linguistic inclusion, MNCs, reciprocity, separation, variety
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 36648
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Depositing User: Anne-Wil Harzing
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 13:16
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2023 13:50
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/36648

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