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Religious Diversity in the Workplace
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Employees bring their beliefs and religious values to work, and this can be a source of either positive performance or negative conflict. Social conflicts around religion impact more than societies and communities. They also impact organizations. 'Anti-religion' sentiments tend to be based on the perception that religion can be neatly separated from the 'more acceptable/palatable' spirituality, but this ignores the fact that - for most people - the two are intimately intertwined and inseparable. As religious identity is salient for a majority of the world's population, it is thus an important aspect of organizations - particularly those with a large and diverse body of employees. This handbook provides a timely and necessary analysis of religious diversity in organizations, investigating the role of national context, the intersections of religion with ethnicity and gender, and approaches to diversity management.

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'This important book provides a much overdue scoping review of religion at the workplace, a matter far too often overlooked. Whilst gender, sexuality, race, have by now entered mainstream diversity management, rarely does religion feature on an organization's Head of Diversity brief. This collection remedies the lack. A must read for academics and practitioners alike.'

Yochanan Altman - Middlesex University and The Open University of Hong Kong

'This book is a tour de force. Not only does the text explore myriad religions and the impact on organizations, the text also unveils the importance of understanding diversity management in very different socio-cultural and geo-political contexts. As a consequence, one is left in no doubt of the central role of religion in organizations, and everyday lives. Together with gender and race difference dimensions, religion is radically shaping not only management philosophy, but also international relations and spatial critiques of the political economy of development. In celebrating difference and diversity as part of organization and social theory, one wonders why religion has not been addressed before. This book corrects this.'

Beverly Dawn Metcalfe - American University of Beirut

'Recent terrorist attacks in several countries have tested our tolerance of religious diversity. This edited volume written by prominent diversity scholars is particularly timely in enlightening our understanding of spirituality and religion at work. The contributions touch on religious misunderstandings, discrimination, conflicts, and accommodating religious diversity in the workplace.'

Eddy Ng - F. C. Manning Chair in Economics and Business, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

'Religious Diversity in the Workplace treads boldly where many fear to go, thoughtfully raising the role and impact of religion and growing religious diversity at work. Yet go we must, if companies want to flourish at home and abroad in today’s global marketplace. The editors and contributors offer a welcome and illuminating guided tour - for both scholars and practitioners - of a wide range of perspectives and insights into religious diversity in the workplace, and why it matters now than more than ever.'

David W. Miller - Director, Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative, and author of God at Work: the History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement

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