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The End of Diversity As We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed (BK Business) Hardcover – November 14, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: BK Business
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605093432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605093437
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Martin Davidson has developed a transformative insight: that a key to building innovative companies is to replace well-intentioned but generally ineffective ‘managing diversity’ programs with Leveraging Difference initiatives. I would highly recommend this book to any CEO, manager, or HR professional who wants to build a sustainable, high-performance organization."
—Decker Anstrom, US Ambassador, World Radiocommunication Conference, US Department of State; former President, Landmark Communications; and former Chair, The Weather Channel Companies

“This book presents a realistic look at the diversity challenge and proposes pragmatic ways to achieve meaningful change along with useful tools for the journey. I wish that I had read this before I became CEO.”
—Steve Reinemund, Dean of Business, Wake Forest University School of Business, and retired Chair and CEO, PepsiCo

“Martin Davidson brings a fresh and compelling look at why our three-decades-long investment in ‘managing diversity’ has come up short. He then offers a new paradigm for guiding our efforts to make diversity a resource for organizational and individual development and performance. Based on extensive research, The End of Diversity as We Know It offers new insights and tools that will help leaders ensure their companies and organizations get the benefits of the diversity within them.”
—David A. Thomas, Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; former Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; and coauthor of Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America

“Martin Davidson makes us all take pause and reflect on the diversity and inclusion work we’ve been part of over the past decade or so and how we must move ahead to transform this critical work across all dimensions of difference. This book is truly thought-provoking and provides excellent practical tools."
—Claudette J. Whiting, President, CJW Consulting, and former head of diversity, Microsoft Corporation and DuPont Corporation

“I would hope every industry leader would read and embrace the book’s major conclusions and recommendations to not only alter marginally successful diversity practices but, more importantly, leverage difference to enhance shareholder value.”
—James Lowry, Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group

About the Author

Martin N. Davidson is associate professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and served as associate dean and chief diversity officer. He has consulted with dozens of Fortune 500 firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management, AT&T, Pitney Bowes, Harvard University, and the Nature Conservancy. He was elected chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management and has been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio.

More About the Author

Dr. Martin N. Davidson is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. In his research, teaching, and consulting, Dr. Davidson focuses on how leaders can use diversity strategically to create sustainable competitive advantages for their firms, both globally and domestically. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top managerial and academic publications including Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Research on Negotiation in Organizations, Journal of Personality, and the International Journal of Conflict Management.

In addition to teaching leadership in Darden's Executive Education and MBA programs, he consults with a host of Fortune 100 firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. He has served as the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Davidson and has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He currently writes posts for Washington Post.com's "On Leadership" series.

His new book, entitled "The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed" will be available Fall 2011. For more information on Martin N. Davidson, his current and developing work, and to view his weekly blog, "In My Opinion," visit www.leveragingdifference.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles F. Behling on December 8, 2011
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This is an important book-- essential reading in the literature on differences in social identities. Dr. Davidson's approach has changed many of the ways I think about these issues, and has provided some promising solutions for problems that have persisted in the 43 years I have been trying to do this work! This is, simply, a great book.
Charles Behling, Co-Director Emeritus, The Program on Intergroup Relations, The University of Michigan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Ng on November 9, 2011
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As someone who has worked in a number of companies and participated in a diversity programs, I think Martin Davidson clearly articulates the deficiencies of traditional managing diversity programs and shows that such programs can be counterproductive in some circumstances. He also explains why diversity programs are not relevant to global companies and that US businesses need to look beyond the traditionally viewed differences of race, ethnicity and gender. I believe that he makes a good case for his model of seeing, understanding, engaging and leveraging differences in all organizations. I would recommend this book to any manager in any type of organization.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony Brown on January 17, 2013
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I chose this high rating because Professor Davidson took what we all knew but were afraid to say about our diversity initiatives and provided us with the solution to the problem. He made the case for what to do after you manage to create a diverse environment. He eloquently answers the question "so what?". It's a must read for anyone interested in or responsible for diversity initiatives. You do not want to start or continue without first reading this book.
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I purchased this book after my organization's leadership team announced they were all going to read it as part of a reorganization plan. I wanted to understand things even though I'm not a member of the leadership team. I'm not a fan of business school case studies which this seems to resemble. But I really enjoyed the text and the business case studies behind the idea of leveraging difference, which requires a different way of thinking and working. Well worth the read!
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