Quinetta Roberson, PhD Villanova University | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Quinetta Roberson, PhD Villanova University

The Evolution and Future of Diversity at Work: Employing a Capabilities Perspective

The Evolution and Future of Diversity at Work: Employing a Capabilities Perspective 


This presentation will examine the evolution of the field of diversity and put forth a future research agenda for understanding its meaning, import, and operation. Based on a review of related literature, including its conceptualization and measurement, underlying processes, and associated outcomes, I will summarize the state of knowledge in the field to-date and highlight areas of research important for advancing our understanding of diversity. In addition, I will discuss current research that offers new approaches for exploring diversity and inclusion as individual and organizational capabilities, and capturing their value to improve effectiveness at both levels.

QUINETTA M. ROBERSON, PH.D. Quinetta M. Roberson is the Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair in Business Leadership in the School of Business at Villanova University. Prior to her current position, she was an Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies at Cornell University. She has also been a visiting scholar at universities on every continent, except for Antarctica. From 2012-2013, Professor Roberson served a one-year appointment as Program Director of the Science of Organizations at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Recently, she was elected Vice President-Elect/Program Chair-Elect of the Academy of Management (AOM) for 2017-2018. Professor Roberson’s research interests focus on developing organizational capability and enhancing effectiveness through the strategic management of people, particularly diverse work teams. Her research has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organizational Research Methods and Personnel Psychology. Professor Roberson was an Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Psychology (2008-2014), and edited a Handbook of Diversity in the Workplace published by Oxford Press in 2013. Professor Roberson teaches courses globally on human resource management and diversity at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. Prior to getting her doctorate, Professor Roberson worked as a financial analyst at CoreStates Bank in Philadelphia, PA serving in both the large corporate and small business commercial lending areas. In addition, she served as a consultant in the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Professor Roberson earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland, and holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware in Finance and Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Finance and Strategic Planning

Contact Information:
Lila Robinson    ler6@case.edu

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Quinetta Roberson, PhD
Sponsored by: Organizational Behavior Department
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