Different Ways of Talking About Intervention Goals

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Difference is an increasingly important issue in organizational studies. Many contemporary organizations attempt to promote difference among participants by engaging in various intervention strategies to encourage diversity, equity, advancement, and development of underrepresented groups. In addition, with many organizational communication scholars embracing constitutive perspectives of communication, attention is increasingly being placed on studying discourse as productive of organizational life (e.g., Grant, Hardy, Oswick, & Putnam, 2004). Thus, paying attention to the ways in which difference is discursively constructed is key to understanding difference-oriented intervention programs.