Diversity Management in Corporate America

Dobbin, Frank, Alexandra Kalev, and Erin Kelly. 2007. “Diversity Management in Corporate America”. Contexts 6(4):21-28

11 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2013

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Frank Dobbin

Harvard University - Department of Sociology

Alexandra Kalev

Tel Aviv University

Erin Kelly

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

In the fall of 1996 a tape of Texaco executives discussing the “black jelly beans” working for the company hit the airwaves in the course of a discrimination suit. Texaco immediately settled for $176 million. Of that, $35 million was to fund diversity efforts. Texaco revamped training, expanded feedback to managers through diversity audits and diversity evaluations, and set up mentoring programs and affinity networks for women and minorities. Did these things increase Texaco’s diversity? Texaco’s report on its progress after five years championed the programs but did not make clear whether diversity had actually increased.

Suggested Citation

Dobbin, Frank and Kalev, Alexandra and Kelly, Erin, Diversity Management in Corporate America (2007). Dobbin, Frank, Alexandra Kalev, and Erin Kelly. 2007. “Diversity Management in Corporate America”. Contexts 6(4):21-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2281898

Frank Dobbin (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Department of Sociology ( email )

33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Alexandra Kalev

Tel Aviv University ( email )

Ramat Aviv
Tel Aviv 69978, 6997801
Israel

Erin Kelly

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

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