ABRI Webinar Leonhard Dobusch
12:00 - 13:00
Negotiating Organizational Exclusion Under the Banner of Inclusion: The Case of the Google Memo Gate
Prof. Leonhard Dobusch (University of Innsbruck)
Amsterdam Business Research Institute
Business and Organisation
Conference / Symposium / Seminar
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 15, from 12:00 – 13:00. For the zoom link please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
While many large and well-known companies publicly advertise their commitment to values of diversity and inclusion, their sheer number of applicants forces them to continuously negotiate both premises for and actual exclusion decisions. By looking at a particularly public membership negotiation process at the company Google, we thus investigate the question how organizational exclusion is negotiated in the context of ideals of inclusion. Applying a ‘communicative constitution of organizations’ perspective, we find that de-/legitimization struggles of exclusion revolve around references to different inclusion ideals that are part of an overarching ‘inclusion paradigm’. At the same time, our study highlights the relevance of inclusion ideals constituted outside and with only marginal contribution by individual organizations publicly committing to ideals of diversity and inclusion for their membership-related decision-making.
Leonhard Dobusch is Professor of Business Administration with focus on Organization at the University of Innsbruck and Scientific Director of the Vienna-based Momentum Institute. He holds degrees in Law and in Business studies and his main research interests include the management of digital communities, openness as an organizing principle and private regulation via standards, specifically in the field of copyright.