Academic journal article Journal of Case Studies

Diversity and Inclusion within the Journal of Case Studies

Academic journal article Journal of Case Studies

Diversity and Inclusion within the Journal of Case Studies

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Diversity and inclusion are important topics for students to consider as part of their educational experience. Not only are these subjects important as part of a general education, but also a variety of institutions place value on these constructs, ranging from governments to educational institutions to businesses. The Society for Case Research and Journal of Case Studies are no exception to this assertion. Both the organization and our journal value diversity and inclusion.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary (2017), diversity is defined as having a group of different people who vary in race or culture. Wise and Tschirhart (2000) explain that diversity is composed of a mix of human "differences and similarities"... "based on race, culture, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, profession, organizational or team tenure, personality type, functional background, education level, political party, and other demographic, socioeconomic, and psychographic characteristics" (p. 387).

Inclusion consists of "bringing together and harnessing diverse forces and resources in a way that is beneficial" (Jordan, 2017). In fact, Jordan (2017) states that inclusion goes beyond diversity and involves the practice of embracing diverse forces and resources to create an environment of "involvement, respect, and connectedness" that results in capturing diverse perspectives and harnessing them for the betterment of the organization. Jordon also argues that organizations need both diversity and inclusion in order to succeed. Thus, these important constructs appear to go hand-inhand.

Diversity and inclusion are important to organizations for a variety of reasons. Nally (2015) states that diversity and inclusion are important because everyone deserves an equal opportunity; companies that embrace diversity have a higher market share; recruiting a diverse pool of employees fills the talent gap; diverse teams out perform their counter parts more often; and working with a diverse set of people gives everyone a chance to learn and grow. Simply put, diversity and inclusion make organizations more supportive and equitable, which enhances innovation, creativity, and helps improve the group over time.

The Society for Case Research (SCR) and the Journal of Case Studies, like other organizations, value diversity and inclusion as important topics for inclusion in its publications. SCR believes that diversity and inclusion in its membership base and in submitted and published cases helps make SCR a better professional organization. Furthermore, we as editors of JCS, believe that incorporating diversity and inclusion in the journal's published cases is valuable for our not only our membership, but also for the field of case writing and for students and faculty who use these case as part of their courses.

The Student Perspective

We assert that the use of cases in the classroom enhances the student's experience and potential for learning and growth. For example, Cellucci, Kerrigan, and Peters (2010) discuss how cases may provide opportunities for students to observe scenarios in class before entering the workforce. Moreover, they enable students to practice working effectively in teams, and hone critical thinking skills through class discussion and individual reflection.

The use of cases on diversity and inclusion also introduces subject matter that students in majority and minority groups may not have experienced. Students who study cases that include discussion on issues of poverty or chronic health conditions are exposed to the role of the other. This exposure allows us to development our self, via reflection of organized attributes of our communities (Mead, 1934). Moreover, our studying cases that have a minority protagonist allows minority students to see themselves in professional settings. As Adichie (2017) discussed, there is a danger of a single story, of only showing people through one lens (i. …

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