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In the #OSEditorPicks for May, Resistance through Difference: The Co-Constitution of Dissent and Inclusion, Suzanne Gagnon and David Collinson investigate dynamics within international leadership development teams composed of managers from around the world who varied substantially in terms of ethnicity, race and language. They found that some teams constructed the differences among team members in ways that reproduced organizational norms, while one team used their differences to resist organizational initiatives with which they fundamentally disagreed.
Suzanne and David’s study reveals previously under-explored links between contemporary forms of dissent, control, and difference. Their inductive study draws on the accounts of managers of 16 nationalities in an employer-led international leadership programme. In a business world characterized by increasingly global organizations, together with ongoing concerns about managing cultural, social and ethnic differences, I think this paper gives us new food for thought. I encourage everyone to read it.
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You can read Resistance through Difference: The Co-Constitution of Dissent and
Inclusion by Suzanne Gagnon and David Collinson free for the next 30 days. The article is from the forthcoming special issue of Organization Studies, Resistance, resisting, and resisters in and around organizations.