Quotation Fleischmann, Alexander, Bendl, Regine, Schmidt, Angelika. 2016. Alternative forms of organizing: Shifting organizational power and diversity relations? 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Sub-Theme 60: Shadowing diversity issues to exploit power dynamics and innovation processes in organization, Neapel, Italien, 07.07.-09.07.


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In light of recent studies that suggest that diversity management in hierarchical organizations does not produce the effects that it names and that discrimination within organizations can only be tackled if power is redistributed beyond managerial approaches to diversity, the aim of this paper is to bring together conceptualizations of alternative organizations with a critical diversity discourse. In an explorative case study we analyse the websites of alternative organizations with regard to processes of inclusion and exclusion from a (critical) diversity perspective. Our interest in such a diversity-oriented analysis of alternative organizations stems from the assumption that organizations that proclaim values like participation, solidarity and connection as well as equality/equity aim at redistributing power and therefore might also challenge existing diversity relations. Our results show, however, that even the small scale aims at redistributing power we could identify are not related to diversity issues at all. We conclude by suggesting that claims for participation and solidarity must take existing inequalities based on socially established categories of inclusion and exclusion, such as gender, age, 'race', ethnicity, (dis)ability, sexual orientation or class, into account.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Alternative forms of organizing: Shifting organizational power and diversity relations?
Event 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Sub-Theme 60: Shadowing diversity issues to exploit power dynamics and innovation processes in organization
Year 2016
Date 07.07.-09.07.
Country Italy
Location Neapel

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Fleischmann, Alexander (Details)
Bendl, Regine (Details)
Schmidt, Angelika (Details)
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Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations IN (Details)
Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
5417 Women´s studies, Women´s issues (Details)
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