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Revisiting the Psychology, Philosophy, and Politics of Multiculturalism as a way of Treating Diversity as a Path for Strategic Organisational Change

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    Rights statement: © Calvard, T. (2014). Revisiting the Psychology, Philosophy, and Politics of Multiculturalism as a way of Treating Diversity as a Path for Strategic Organisational Change. In International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) 2014.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) 2014 - Paris, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jul 201413 Jul 2014

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ConferenceInternational Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityParis
Period8/07/1413/07/14

Abstract

This conceptual paper examines psychological issues surrounding the concept of multiculturalism in the workplace. The paper draws on interdisciplinary social scientific sources, including the work of Steven Lukes, Tariq Modood, and Amartya Sen to outline how multiculturalism is still a highly relevant concept today (particularly post-9/11), and poses dilemmas that can potentially
be better articulated and more fruitfully resolved in organisational settings. Going further, the viewpoint that multicultural diversity is not often considered explicitly enough as an organisational strategy and positive direction for change, only in terms of a bundle of practices and policies to be managed, is emphasised. Whilst intergroup relations and intercultural social skills are psychologically important for ensuring valuable outcomes across a diverse workforce, it can also be argued that there is great scope for enabling
workplace stakeholders to psychologically engage multiculturalism more effectively in political and philosophical terms, including liberalism, moral relativism, humanism, individualism, and globalisation. Finally, the paper draws practical implications for leadership, communications, and a broader repositioning of the ‘business case’ for diversity.

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International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) 2014

8/07/1413/07/14

Paris, United Kingdom

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