Narratives of Diversity in the Corporate Boardroom: What Corporate Insiders Say about Why Diversity Matters
DISCOURSE PERSPECTIVES ON ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (forthcoming, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010) (2011)
  • John M. Conley , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Lissa Lamkin Broome , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Kimberly D. Krawiec
Contribution to Book
Abstract

Over the last generation, the concept of diversity has become commonplace and taken-for-granted in discourses ranging from law to education to business. In higher education, for example, it is hard to imagine a faculty job search or a student admissions discussion that was not heavily laden with talk of diversity, in the sense of the representative inclusion of women and racial and ethnic minorities in a group or organization. In this paper we present the results of an interview-based study of the discourse of diversity in a particular business setting: the corporate boardroom. Our principal observation is that—thirty-one years after the Supreme Court’s Bakke decision introduced the term into public discourse--corporate insiders appear not to have arrived at a master narrative to explain the pursuit of diversity on boards of directors. Instead, their accounts stress a variety of factors and feature few concrete examples.

Keywords
  • corporations,
  • diversity,
  • race,
  • gender,
  • boards of directors
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
John M. Conley, Lissa Lamkin Broome and Kimberly D. Krawiec. "Narratives of Diversity in the Corporate Boardroom: What Corporate Insiders Say about Why Diversity Matters" DISCOURSE PERSPECTIVES ON ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (forthcoming, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010) (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kimberly_krawiec/14/