Frank Dobbin

Seminar by Prof. Frank Dobbin, Harvard University

Seminar organized in collaboration with UNIL-HEC

"Does Diversity Management Increase Diversity? Evidence from Industry and Academia "

U.S. companies and universities have been building elaborate diversity management programs since the 1980s.  Have their innovations increased diversity among corporate managers and academic faculty?  Data from hundreds of companies and universities, over several decades, provide answers.  Some programs have helped, some have not.  Programs designed to engage leaders in addressing diversity have mostly worked, while those designed to control decision-makers’ bias have often backfired.  Most programs to promote work-life balance have helped, but programs to address workplace harassment sometimes backfire.  Findings help to explain America’s slow progress in integrating corporations and universities.