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"Outsider Within" Narratives of Diversity Leadership: An exploratory case study of executive women of color Open Access

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Using a narrative approach, this study systemically investigates the complexities of workplace diversity from the standpoints of diversity executives who are women of color within American Fortune 500 corporations, "outsiders within" (Collins, 1986). It examines the interactive effects of gender and ethnicity on organizational social structures and self -perceptions by employing theories emphasizing complexity and human agency. It suggests that agentic capabilities wield influence in shaping workplace diversity practices where differences are promoted, strengthened, and maximized.

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