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Chapter 17. HARNESSING THE POWER OF CULT... > Why the (Un)Lucky Seven Receive Spec...

17.3. Why the (Un)Lucky Seven Receive Special Focus in Terms of Diversity

The (un)lucky seven categories exist because a critical mass of research has documented that these groups tend to suffer disproportionately from out-grouping and marginalization in American society (and in many cases, around the globe). In addition, the categories tend to create biased judgments and systematically unequal evaluations for both the historically dominant and the underprivileged groups in each domain; this phenomenon manifests itself across society and many organizations.

When cultural diversity reinforces these unequal categories, people end up with disproportionate access to valuable resources, including material goods, positions, opportunities, and experiences. In addition, they have uneven amounts of and potential to acquire wealth, power, and prestige. Groups at the top get more stuff: they are privileged in decision making and myriad other areas. Conversely, groups at the bottom have access to fewer resources: their voices receive less volume (or get muted altogether) regardless of the potential power inherent in their ideas and their special talents, abilities, and attributes that could contribute to organizational performance.


  

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