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Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (Bernardo M. Ferdman & Barbara N. Deane, Eds.)


Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014)–a  unique and important volume in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology‘s Professional Practice Series, edited by Bernardo M. Ferdman and Barbara Deane and incorporating 23 chapters by 34 authors–provides a fresh, research-based understanding of diversity in the workplace. The volume specifically focuses on inclusion and its practice: what it is, why it matters, how to create and foster it, and how to understand and addresses its challenges and complexities.

With a solid grounding in theory, research, and practice, the editors and chapter authors provide detailed information about the applied practice of inclusion at the individual, group, and organizational levels. This volume will be of interest to diversity and organization development practitioners, to organizational leaders and managers, and to HR specialists, organizational psychologists, management scholars, and students, as well as anyone interested in deepening their understanding of how best to frame, design, and implement inclusion initiatives in organizations and to support individuals in developing competencies for inclusion.

In Chapter 1, “The Practice of Inclusion in Diverse Organizations: Toward a Systemic and Inclusive Framework,” Ferdman provides a thorough introduction to and overview of the concept and practice of inclusion, laying the foundation for the rest of the volume’s rich and informative chapters. Chapter authors, all topic experts, range from internal and external change agents to diversity scholars. Together, they provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on diversity and inclusion available to date.

For more information on the volume, including the full table of contents, purchasing information, and links to free downloads of the Table of Contents and Chapter 1, visit

The website for the book also includes a number of endorsements from notable leaders in the fields of diversity, psychology, and management. These are just a few:

“Bernardo Ferdman and Barbara Deane have accomplished a masterful job of organizing into a coherent whole the various practices, philosophies, and frameworks of the diversity and inclusion field. This book is a timely must-read for anyone interested in this important organizational and global challenge.”
Price M. Cobbs, M.D., founder, Diversity Collegium; senior consultant, Executive Leadership Council; author of My American Life: From Rage to Entitlement and Cracking the Corporate Code: From Survival to Mastery.

“That employees have a right to equal employment opportunities and fair workplace practices is now widely accepted. The new challenge—achieving inclusiveness—requires understanding and engaging the rich diversity of talent in modern organizations. This exceptional volume will be an invaluable, thought-provoking resource for anyone involved in designing, managing, and learning from initiatives to develop competencies that support individual, group and organizational inclusiveness. It’s truly a ‘must-read.'”
Susan E. Jackson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University, and former President, Academy of Management

“Diversity at Work is the most thorough treatment of what is required to create a diverse and inclusive workforce for the 21st century that I have read. This book is must reading for CEOs and general managers who truly want to leverage diversity as resource for learning, innovation, and high performance.” –David A. Thomas, Ph.D., Dean and William R. Berkley Chair, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; co-author, Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America

“Diversity and inclusion are common-sense values when trying to create a collaborative and creative workplace.  But can organizations move beyond merely raising consciousness about these shared values to create exemplary workplaces? Ferdman and Deane have assembled a group of renowned experts who, in beautifully crafted chapters, provide guidelines for creating diverse organizations that truly matter.”
Peter Salovey, Ph.D., President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, Yale University