The "entrepreneur" label, Fitting in, Diversity

01 Sep 2023
AOM Insights
Shunning the “Entrepreneur” Label Has Downsides

You’re at a barbeque, meeting new people. After introductions, the next question is, “What do you do?” While you might expect a stock answer, the replies are usually nuanced and tailored to recipients. This is particularly true for entrepreneurs, possibly to their detriment, an Academy of Management Discoveries article explains.

About 80% of employers worldwide say it’s a top hiring priority that new employees fit well into their organizations. But few take the right steps to make that happen, and instead reduce diversity and increase organization dysfunction, according to an Academy of Management Perspectives article.

Managers who identify strongly with their organizations are less likely to support diversity initiatives because they don’t think their workplaces would allow inequity to exist, according to an Academy of Management Journal article.

A robust approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is no longer a nice-to-have, but a business must-have. Organizations have to foster a sense of belonging among all workers to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. Inclusion of workers with “intersectional identities” is crucial to this effort, according to an Academy of Management Annals article.

For professionals who may be considering an international move for work, a crucial concern is, “How will this affect my pay?” The answer to that question can vary for those professionals known as “knowledge workers,” AOM scholars reveal.

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Television and film have helped inspire and inform research by many AOM scholars. Here’s a sample:

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Hubble Error: Time, Money and Millionths of an Inch

Space exploration has had some serious setbacks. One of the most often mentioned is the production of the Hubble Space Telescope. The drama of that fiasco is a human and organizational tapestry perhaps more complex than the technology involved. This account is excerpted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning series. It is followed by an analysis by AOM scholars.

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