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Workplace Inclusion as a dice: Uncovering the employees’ understandings of workplace inclusion in an international organization

Baronaite, Aiste LU and Konrad, Céline (2016) BUSN49 20161
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Research Purpose: To explore the understandings of workplace inclusion through indepth investigation of the concept in an organizational context.

Research Question: How do employees in Microsoft Denmark understand workplace inclusion?

Methodology: Following an interpretive paradigm, we seek to explore in-depth understandings of employees in our case company. We conducted a multi-method qualitative research, mainly consisting of 11 in-depth interviews, which were supplemented by observations and document analysis.

Findings: We found that employees in the organization studied understand workplace inclusion as (1) a romantic concept leading the organization to success, (2) not a big fuss, (3) not a priority and finally (4) a bumpy... (More)
Research Purpose: To explore the understandings of workplace inclusion through indepth investigation of the concept in an organizational context.

Research Question: How do employees in Microsoft Denmark understand workplace inclusion?

Methodology: Following an interpretive paradigm, we seek to explore in-depth understandings of employees in our case company. We conducted a multi-method qualitative research, mainly consisting of 11 in-depth interviews, which were supplemented by observations and document analysis.

Findings: We found that employees in the organization studied understand workplace inclusion as (1) a romantic concept leading the organization to success, (2) not a big fuss, (3) not a priority and finally (4) a bumpy road. These findings show a faceted understanding of workplace inclusion due to different connotations existing side by side. The concept of inclusion is thus understood as ambiguous and many-faceted in this study.

Contributions: Our findings contribute to the field of inclusion as it tightens the existent gap within the literature regarding practical experiences of workplace inclusion. It confirms that inclusion can be influenced by managerial fashions, and that it exists in relation to diversity. We suggest that workplace inclusion is a development from diversity rather than a radical shift, and that it is inspired from both a social justice argumentation and a business case for diversity. (Less)
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Baronaite, Aiste LU and Konrad, Céline
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organization
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BUSN49 20161
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
Workplace inclusion, diversity management, perceptions, understandings, organizational inclusiveness, managerial fashions
language
English
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8884834
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2016-10-24 10:39:17
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  abstract     = {Research Purpose: To explore the understandings of workplace inclusion through indepth investigation of the concept in an organizational context.

Research Question: How do employees in Microsoft Denmark understand workplace inclusion?

Methodology: Following an interpretive paradigm, we seek to explore in-depth understandings of employees in our case company. We conducted a multi-method qualitative research, mainly consisting of 11 in-depth interviews, which were supplemented by observations and document analysis.

Findings: We found that employees in the organization studied understand workplace inclusion as (1) a romantic concept leading the organization to success, (2) not a big fuss, (3) not a priority and finally (4) a bumpy road. These findings show a faceted understanding of workplace inclusion due to different connotations existing side by side. The concept of inclusion is thus understood as ambiguous and many-faceted in this study.

Contributions: Our findings contribute to the field of inclusion as it tightens the existent gap within the literature regarding practical experiences of workplace inclusion. It confirms that inclusion can be influenced by managerial fashions, and that it exists in relation to diversity. We suggest that workplace inclusion is a development from diversity rather than a radical shift, and that it is inspired from both a social justice argumentation and a business case for diversity.},
  author       = {Baronaite, Aiste and Konrad, Céline},
  keyword      = {Workplace inclusion,diversity management,perceptions,understandings,organizational inclusiveness,managerial fashions},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Workplace Inclusion as a dice: Uncovering the employees’ understandings of workplace inclusion in an international organization},
  year         = {2016},
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