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Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion as Core Values in Organization Development Practice

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This chapter argues that diversity and inclusion are and should be at the core of organization development (OD). It describes what is meant by diversity and inclusion—especially as perspectives, practices, and values crucially relevant to OD practice—makes the connections of diversity and inclusion values and practices with OD more explicit, and suggests how to be more intentional and focused in integrating diversity and inclusion as core values in OD practice.

This chapter is an expanded and updated version of Ferdman, B. (2014). Toward infusing diversity and inclusion as core elements of OD. OD Practitioner, 46(4), 44–46.

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Acknowledgments

Allan Church provided helpful comments on the initial idea for this chapter as well as on directions for revisions. I am also grateful to Juan Lopez for his extensive comments and suggestions on a prior draft, to Joel Brown for additional comments and thoughts, and to Sophia Sung for background research, pointers to helpful references, and suggestions for improvements and extensions.

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Ferdman, B.M. (2018). Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion as Core Values in Organization Development Practice. In: Jamieson, D., Church, A., Vogelsang, J. (eds) Enacting Values-Based Change. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69590-7_11

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