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Diversity and inclusion: it’s a numbers game, but not the one most people think
Frederick Herbert

LSE Business Review Blog, published 20 November 2020

Abstract

If you were to ask a randomly selected member of the baby boomer generation what success looks like when it comes to diversity and inclusion, there’s a good chance you’d be told it was ‘representation’ (Smith, C.; Turner, S., 2015). In the representation paradigm the goal is simply about the head count – it is a numbers game. Each year a company should aim to increase the proportion of staff who aren’t white, heterosexual, neurotypical males so that their business becomes more representative. It seems an admirable enough first step to take, but there’s reason to think a focus on a different kind of number might be equally, if not more, important.

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The cyclical relationship between innovation and inclusion in the workplace
Paris Will

LSE Business Review Blog, published 14 October 2020

Abstract

Workplaces are constantly evolving in the modern-day world. As such, business leaders must be readily adaptable in responding to new situations and problems as they occur. This continual advancement can cause a shift in the focus of an organisation’s business goals. Two areas that have seen recent prolonged interest within organisations are: innovation, and diversity and inclusion (D&I).

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Moving from cheap talk to action: the case of diversity and inclusion
Teresa Almeida, Dr Grace Lordan

LSE Business Review Blog, published 30 June 2020

Abstract

It is easy to talk about caring about diversity and inclusion. In fact, it would be hard to find a professional worker these days who would declare that they did not in public. It is also far too easy to write policies that are not enforced and make promises for change that go unfulfilled. This makes it all the more important to separate the leaders that take action from those that only talk about taking action. How can this be done?

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COVID-19 makes inclusion a strategic imperative for companies and investors
Lutfey Siddiqi

LSE Business Review Blog, published 9 June 2020

Abstract

To quote Singapore’s senior minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam from his national address last month, “the future begins now”. That future will be dramatically different not only for governments and individuals but also for big business and big finance. A silver lining to the devastation of COVID-19 could be the onset of a new era for both stakeholder capitalism and sustainable investing.

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