Dear colleagues, Just a quick reminder to submit your paper by the 31st of January
The Quality of Equality: Critically Debating Inclusion in Organisations
10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference, 3-5 July 2017, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Liverpool, UK
Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex University) [log in to unmask]
Prof. Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield University) [log in to unmask]
Dr Patricia Lewis (University of Kent) [log in to unmask]
Prof. Nick Rumens (University of Portsmouth) [log in to unmask]
Prof. Martyna Śliwa (University of Essex) [log in to unmask] (lead convenor)
The aim of this stream is to critically explore the concept of inclusion, in particular how inclusion manifests itself in organisation and how it continues to be implicated with the logic of exclusion. Recent decades have seen a dramatic growth in the proportion of women in the workplace and a greater emphasis on and mainstreaming of equality and inclusion policies. Contemporary organisations promote themselves as inclusive employers; for example, they organise annual inclusion and diversity celebration ceremonies, contributing to the frequently articulated postfeminist assertions that gender equality has been achieved.
In this context, inclusion and equality agendas are seen as ultimately good and progressive phenomena. However, research demonstrates that women continue to face various structural barriers, including pay gap, vertical and horizontal segregation, and discrimination. Elsewhere, studies show how, for example, LGBT employees continue to experience exclusion even within work organisation self-styled or formally recognised as ‘gay-friendly’. To unpick this paradox, this stream aims to critically explore the concept of inclusion in order to generate a more complex understanding of what it means and how it manifests itself. We would like to invite submissions that address – but are not necessarily limited by – the following questions:
● What is inclusion?
● What are the conditions and bases of inclusion in contemporary organisations?
● Who has the power to include?
● How does inclusion happen?
● On which terms, where and how are women included in the workplace?
● What are the lived experiences of those seeking inclusion in organisations?
● What compromises does one have to make to be included?
● What are the effects of inclusion-related initiatives in organisations?
In posing these questions, this stream seeks to move away from the simplistic and binary view of exclusion as ‘bad’ and inclusion as ‘good’. Rather, it aims to generate a complex theorisation of inclusion and explore how contemporary inclusion agenda may give rise to new hierarchies and inequalities in organisations.
We invite abstracts and/or proposals of a maximum of 500 words to be submitted to [log in to unmask]
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS 31st January 2017.