College of Business Administration:  Resources for Inclusive Excellence


Here's the powerpoint from my presentation to CBA on Nov. 20, 2009.  Tell me what you need:

Why Bother with IE?

All students should know more about populations unlike themselves, but a diverse student body can pose intellectual challenges that benefit all students (see, for example, Mitchell J. Chang, et al. "The Educational Benefits of Sustaining Cross-Racial Interaction among Undergraduates." Journal of Higher Education 77, no. 3 (May 2006): 430-455).  Many leading businesses have also recognized the bottom-line benefits of a diverse workforce.  Even businesses in small towns may attract a more diverse workforce or be more globally connected than small Wisconsin towns previously imagined. 

Differences in Terminology

Much of the business education literature describes the "cultural diversity" of greatest importance as international, rather than racial and ethnic diversity within the U.S.  Because the international emphasis is easy to find in the business education literature, this page will concentrate on diversity within the U.S., and in particular on historically underserved populations in business education. 

Recruitment/Retention Studies

Matthew J. Anderson and Harold M. Sollenberger. "An assessment of efforts to retain African American and other minority students in business." Equity & Excellence in Education 29, no. 3 (December 1996): 18. Teacher Reference Center, EBSCOhost  Full text in bound volumes.  This is dated, but I have not found a more recent study. 

Curriculum Infusion/Prejudice Reduction Studies

B. McPherson and L. Szul. "BUSINESS STUDENTS MUST HAVE CULTURAL ADAPTABILITY." Journal of Organizational Culture, Communication and Conflict  12, no. 2 (July 1, 2008): 39-48.

J. Michael Cavanaugh.  "Head games: Introducing tomorrow's business elites to institutionalized inequality." Management Learning  31, no. 4 (December 1, 2000): 427-456. 

Goel, Rajni, and Ronald L. Straight. "Using Real Datasets for Interdisciplinary Business/Economics Projects." Journal of Education for Business 80, no. 5 (May 2005): 259-268. Teacher Reference Center, EBSCOhost  Faculty at an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) used databases that "measures the business confidence of small, fast-growing African-American firms."

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journals by discipline:

Transformation of Knowledge

While sometimes the issues are direct (such as race and gender differences in insurance rates or pay gaps based on both race and gender in the economy), you might also consider a topical thread running through several courses, or, even better, structuring a program.  Social justice is one possible thread.  Environmental sustainability is another.  What your students will gain is another nationally and internationally valuable set of problem-solving skills. 

Why?  Diverse students sometimes see themselves as having different priorities or values than they think business education represents.  So if you add such content, update the catalog course description so students will know it! 

Don E. Giacomino and Michael D. Akers. "An Examination of the Differences Between Personal Values and Value Types of Female and Male Accounting and Nonaccounting Majors." Issues in Accounting Education 13, no. 3 (August 1998). Finds significant differences in personal values of business students by gender and major, and offers suggestions to address retention issues based on these differences.  Note that the study was done at a private Catholic school in the Midwest in the late 1990s.

Rabouin, Michelle. "Lyin' T(*)gers, And 'Cares' Oh My: The Case for Feminist Integration of Business Ethics." Journal of Business Ethics 16, no. 3 (February 1997): 247-261. Women's Studies International, EBSCOhost

Jacobsen, Trond E. "Accessing Capital, Building Prosperity." Tribal College Journal 18, no. 3 (Spring2007 2007): 32-36. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost   Lots of websites described here;  could tell you a lot about the priorities of American Indians today.