Negotiating privilege: Power dynamics in linguistically diverse organizations.

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Critical diversity studies have pointed out the need for more empirical studies on the dynamics of power and diversity in organizations. Exploring how the diverse workforce itself experiences diversity is required. This paper makes a contribution to meeting the research agenda by empirically examining the negotiation processes around privilege in linguistically diverse organizations. Based on a Foucauldian understanding of power, it investigates how organizational members experience the role of language skills for the establishment, reinforcement and change of internal power relations. In a case study of a multinational company based in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, six modes of how language competence relates to the creation of privilege, but also of access are identified. The findings show that a person's language skills have important consequences for his/her position in interpersonal relations within the organization. At the same time, organizational members find numerous ways to creatively counterbalance privileging effects resulting from different levels of language competence.

Authors Gaibrois, Claudine & Nentwich, Julia C.
Research Team Alexandria Link Publikationen
Language English
Keywords power, language diversity, privilege
Subjects social sciences
Institute/School OPSY - Research Institute for Organizational Psychology
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Refereed Yes
Date 8 June 2014
Page Range 20
Title of Book Organizing Inclusion: Beyond Privileges and Discrimination Best Paper Award
Event Title 7th Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion International Conference (EDI)
Event Location Munich, Germany
Event Dates 07.-10.07.2014
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich
Date Deposited 02 Jul 2014 10:53
Last Modified 20 Sep 2017 10:20


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Gaibrois, Claudine & Nentwich, Julia C.: Negotiating privilege: Power dynamics in linguistically diverse organizations. 2014. - 7th Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion International Conference (EDI). - Munich, Germany.

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