Distributed capitalism: a hybrid model of workplace community
A dominant marker of contemporary organisational life is workforce diversity represented both in terms of identity characteristics and workplace processes. Meeting the needs of a hybrid mix of people produces an array of challenges and opportunities for managers. An emerging paradigm, Managing Diversity (MD) is considered by various stakeholders to be capable of benefiting both the organisation and its varied inhabitants. I argue this conception, as presently implemented, is unlikely to deliver mutualist objectives. MD represents a 'business case' containment discourse based on a legacy of pervasive modernist instrumentality. I posit an alternative; collegial, working model aligned to the postmodern inclination to celebrate diversity and name this embodied approach Relational Diversity Management (RDM). I suggest the seeds for the viability of this hybrid model aed to be found in an evolving form of distributed capitalism, which recognises the importance of social needs.
International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations