Leadership and Diversity in the Canadian Forces: A Conceptual Model and Research Agenda
Contributor(s)GUELPH UNIV (ONTARIO)
KeywordsSociology and Law
Military Forces and Organizations
*EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
INGROUP OUTGROUP DYNAMICS
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AbstractThis report presents a conceptual model and a research agenda regarding leadership and diversity issues as they pertain to the Canadian Forces (CF). The report presents the following: background information and definitions; the benefits of organizational diversity; current Canadian employment equity legislation, including how it applies to the CF; statistics pertaining to the degree of diversity in the CF; and a conceptual model of diversity dynamics in organizations, which is used as a framework to review the research on diversity issues in leadership. Specific issues that the report discusses include tokenism, job-holder schemas, occupational segregation, negative stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, organizational culture, cultural adaptation and acculturation, ingroup/outgroup dynamics, and stressors and the negative outcomes that result from them. The authors also present possible interventions that can be utilized to alleviate the problems that arise from diversity issues, strategies for integrating diversity into the military, and specific suggestions for a research agenda on leadership and diversity in the CF. Examples of the application of the research results to leadership in the CF are provided throughout the report.
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