An Examination of the Impact of Organizational Diversity

by Rainey, Allison S.

Abstract (Summary)
This paper examines the current state of organizational diversity and diversity research, with a particular focus on the library science profession. It begins with a definition of diversity and an examination of the demographic and functional characteristics frequently studied by diversity researchers, followed by an explanation of the three main theoretical categories of diversity. A review of the literature on diversity provides the basis for a discussion of the impact of diversity on organizations and the potential positive and negative impacts that result from organizational diversity. This discussion of the general literature on diversity informs a review of the library science research literature and an analysis of the present state of diversity in libraries. Finally, the paper concludes with recommendations regarding important areas for further research.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Mark Winston

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:diversity in the workplace united states libraries and minorities library science multiculturalism research


Date of Publication:04/06/2008

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