Global diversity and inclusion management practice is in a state of arrested development. Leaders and practitioners are caught in grooves which are no longer effective, if they ever were. In Dismantling Diversity Management, Dr. Jude Smith Rachele takes a big leap in propounding that businesses, given the incredible complexity of the world’s social, economic and political fabric, must embrace morality and not just seek to act merely for reasons of legal compliance or profit. It presents a joined up system of diversity, which also extends beyond human resources into the wider fields of organization and leadership development.
The book emphasizes the vital importance of ethical and values-driven leadership and of living, not just spouting out, corporate values. Jude provides a valuable contribution to the international field of diversity management as she highlights the key flaws in traditional diversity management thinking, and presents to the reader a clear picture of the barriers in place which make it difficult for practitioners, leaders and all of those committed to social justice to achieve desired outcomes within organizations. This book is a courageous and refreshing look at diversity. It not only provides a bold critique of how corporate structure has co-opted people into a diversity management model which perpetuates, rather than, transforms the status quo, it also maps out how to break this ineffective cycle.
Dismantling Diversity Management will be of interest to organizational development professionals, diversity and inclusion practitioners, senior executive officers and human resource and talent management professionals.