Description - The Call for Diversity by David J. Siegel
This book explores the organizational reponses of professional schools and colleges to pressures, demands, requirements, expectations and incentives related to diversity. As such it takes a view of Post Secondary institutions (and their various academic and administrative units) as open systems engaged in complex inter-relationships with other organizations, such that key commitments, priorities, interests, agendas and strategies, are directed and shaped by an array of forces. This arrangement is probably best illustrated by the fact that the academy is increasingly guided by the logic and discipline (as well as the rewards) of markets. This prevailing condition of inter-connectedness is examined as is the extent to which it influences whether and how colleges, universities and their constituent units address the issue of diversity. How do external pressures and expectations interact with internal features of organizational life (for example, the commitment of deans, faculty or other change agents) to produce a response that varies across units?
Coming at the issue from a macro-organizational perspective supplies much-needed balance and complexity to traditional depictions of Post Secondary institutions as largely self-motivated in their diversity efforts. Understanding that such efforts are undertaken in partnership with a variety of external stakeholders seems particularly important in the wake of current legal challenges to campus diversity initiatives.
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