Windows on the World: Dr. Franklin Oikelome
December 1 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Dr. Franklin Oikelome, Associate Professor, PhD in Organizational Leadership Program, Eastern University
“Rethinking Diversity Management: Racial Inequality, Institutional Strategy and Leadership Mentality”
In theory, anti-discrimination and equality practices should thrive in organizations where diversity management structures exist. However, despite a plethora of initiatives aimed at fostering racial diversity and inclusion, there is recognition of a pervasiveness of racial/ethnic differences in work and career outcomes. Dr. Oikelome explores this disconnect using evidence from decades of research as well as the HRM, leadership and justice literatures. Based on the limitations of dominant approaches to diversity management, he proposes an integrative framework to facilitate racial equality in which the right leadership mentality is critical to institutional strategy.