“Kochman and Mavrelis provide analyses, anecdotes, and examples from their research and training experiences that give richness and credibility to their reasoning. As a consequence, their discussions are vivid, insightful, and stimulating. Their arguments about the connection between the cultures of racial, gender, and ethnic groups and the conflicts that can surface between and among members of them are thought-provoking. And their timely conclusions will be relevant in the workplace and to society at large.”
(R. Roosevelt Thomas, author of Building on the Promise of Diversity)
“Full of interesting ideas, observations, and sensible suggestions, Corporate Tribalism offers an easily digestible but serious look at interethnic communication in organizational settings. Built on the authors’ own observations and experiences, Kochman and Mavrelis’s practical book will appeal to anyone working in human resources or diversity training as well as supervisors and managers in all kinds of organizations. This is a valuable work that deserves to be widely read.”
(Robert M. Entman, coauthor of The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race)
“Corporate Tribalism chronicles the multiple gender-specific ways that power and privilege are configured in the dominant American work context—the corporation—and identifies the behaviors that are influential in making it dysfunctional. In this pioneering work, Kochman and Mavrelis systematically unmask claims of a meritocratic reward system, pinpointing and naming the practices that have been invisible to white employees both male and female, yet painfully visible to the members of every other social group in corporate America. By insisting on a multicultural approach to social inclusion in the workplace, they seek to compel employees to learn from each other, and, in the process, transform corporate practices.”
(Signithia Fordham, author of Blacked Out)
About the Author
Thomas Kochman is the author of Black and White Styles in Conflict and Emeritus Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is COO and Jean Mavrelis is CEO of Kochman Mavrelis Associates.