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dc.contributor.authorVican, Shawna Bowdenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-18T13:09:24Z
dash.embargo.terms2019-03-01en_US
dc.date.created2015-03en_US
dc.date.issued2015-01-23en_US
dc.date.submitted2015en_US
dc.identifier.citationVican, Shawna Bowden. 2015. Defining Diversity: Professionals and Institutionalization Processes. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:14226058
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation is a qualitative study of the field of corporative diversity management, based on in-depth interviews with diversity managers and human resource managers at 87 firms across the United States. My work considers both the formal policies and practices that constitute the building blocks of an organization’s diversity management strategy, but also the cognitive elements of the institution, or how diversity management is defined, theorized and legitimated by actors within firms. Throughout the dissertation I focus on acts of institutional maintenance, arguing that behind the seeming stability of the institution of diversity management, diversity and HR professionals within organizations are engaged in constant acts of institutional maintenance. These acts of institutional maintenance have several consequences. First, acts to strengthen and maintain institutions can in fact lead to incremental, bottom-up institutional change, blurring the theoretical distinction between acts of institutional creation and maintenance. Second, acts of institutional maintenance can also lead to unintended consequences. Thus not all acts of institutional maintenance succeed in strengthening the institution. Finally, acts of institutional maintenance can buffer institutions from the tendency to be ceremonially adopted but decoupled from daily organizational activity. My dissertation also sheds light on the challenges of sustained organizational change, as I identify several strategies used by relatively low-power diversity managers to successfully overcome barriers to practice implementation.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectSociology, Organizationalen_US
dc.subjectBusiness Administration, Managementen_US
dc.titleDefining Diversity: Professionals and Institutionalization Processesen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorVican, Shawna Bowdenen_US
dash.embargo.until2019-03-01
thesis.degree.date2015en_US
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrinton, Maryen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberViterna, Jocelynen_US
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thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen_US
dash.identifier.vireohttp://etds.lib.harvard.edu/gsas/admin/view/126en_US
dc.description.keywordsorganizations; diversity;en_US
dash.author.emailsbvican@gmail.comen_US
dash.identifier.drsurn-3:HUL.DRS.OBJECT:25119231en_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedVican, Shawna Bowden


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