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Overlooked or Undercooked? Critical Review & Recommendations for Experimental Methods in Diversity Research


Gloor, Jamie Lee; Gazdag, Brooke; Reinwald, Max (2020). Overlooked or Undercooked? Critical Review & Recommendations for Experimental Methods in Diversity Research. In: Risberg, Anne; Just, Sine; Villeseche, Florence. Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods. London: Routledge, 16.

Abstract

Diversity research often relies on experiments to make causal claims about the effects of various attributes (e.g., gender or race/ethnicity) on organizationally-relevant outcomes. With this method, scholars intervene, then analyze the effect of the intervention on one or more outcomes. Until now, however, there remains a lack of clear, practical guidance on how to best study the effects of these attributes via experiments, including some of the theoretical and ethical implications that these design and method decisions might entail. Thus, we review the literature on experimental diversity research in organizations, highlighting illustrative publications and their design choices. Throughout, we highlight some strengths and potential pitfalls of these approaches. In line with the approach of this methods anthology, we also describe a recent set of experimental studies on intersecting aspects of diversity by the first author of this chapter (Gloor, Li, & Puhl, 2018) to practically exemplify some of the themes discussed within this chapter. We conclude with a discussion of ethical implications.

Abstract

Diversity research often relies on experiments to make causal claims about the effects of various attributes (e.g., gender or race/ethnicity) on organizationally-relevant outcomes. With this method, scholars intervene, then analyze the effect of the intervention on one or more outcomes. Until now, however, there remains a lack of clear, practical guidance on how to best study the effects of these attributes via experiments, including some of the theoretical and ethical implications that these design and method decisions might entail. Thus, we review the literature on experimental diversity research in organizations, highlighting illustrative publications and their design choices. Throughout, we highlight some strengths and potential pitfalls of these approaches. In line with the approach of this methods anthology, we also describe a recent set of experimental studies on intersecting aspects of diversity by the first author of this chapter (Gloor, Li, & Puhl, 2018) to practically exemplify some of the themes discussed within this chapter. We conclude with a discussion of ethical implications.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:31 Jul 2019 10:22
Last Modified:22 Feb 2021 08:03
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9780429265716
Additional Information:Chapter 8
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429265716
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:17917

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