Revue Internationale de Psychosociologie et de Gestion des Comportements Organisationnels (RIPCO)
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Volume XXVI • Issue 66 • 2020 (Already published)
Guest editor(s): Maria Giuseppina, Bruna ; Zahir, Yanat
Ethics, diversity and inclusion
Contributing to a heuristic of inclusion, the Special issue “Ethics, Diversity & Inclusion: societal challenges and innovative practices in higher education and research” of the RIPCO journal aims at investigating the topics of Social Responsibility of Higher Education Institutions, by adopting a rigorous epistemological approach, from a critical imprint. Adopting an interdisciplinary prism, the issue aims to shed "new light on organizational behavior" tackling the relationship to ethics, equality (of law, treatment and opportunity) and inclusion within Schools and Universities by focusing on the practices that they emanate from the instituting Institutions (the State / the market), of instituted organizations (in this case, the Establishments), or of stakeholders (teachers-researchers, administrators, learners, economic or social partners), through a holistic and multi-level perspective. A civilizational challenge that puzzles the politics and institutions and challenges stakeholders. The issue of Social Responsibility in Universities and Schools first calls for an evaluation of the effectiveness of the democratic promise. More specifically, it is a question of appreciating the alignment of the institutions' practices with the formative and civic missions that they are endorsed with, in terms of citizen awakening and emancipation through knowledge. In this context, it is essential to appreciate the "reality" of the "democratic promise" with regard to "the actuality of practices" as well as the "transformation potential" inherent in the equal opportunities and diversity developing in the Establishments.
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Title :  Ethics, diversity & inclusion: Societal challenges and innovative practices in higher education
Author(s) :  Maria Giuseppina, Bruna ; Zahir, Yanat
Abstract :  Introductory paper of the special issue Ethics, diversity & inclusion: Societal challenges and innovative practices in higher education
Pages :  5 - 21
Type :  Introduction
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Title :  The French Higher Education Institutions Facing The Equal Opportunity Challenge : the case of the Institut pratique de Journalisme de l’université Paris-Dauphine P.S.L.
Author(s) :  Pascale, COLISSON ; Jean-François, Chanlat
Abstract :  The issue of Education inequalities in France is not a new issue ! Bourdieu, 1970, 1985 ; Duru-Bellat, 2002, van Zanten, 2009, 2010). For, the education of French elites is at the end of a successive inequalities social chain. Right from the beginning of the XXth Century, some French Higher institutions have tried to respond to this issue in developing new practices, which could improve the accessibility of young people coming from underprivileged backgrounds and poor districts. This article will focus on these recent practices. Based on a certain number of recent French data and French case studies, this article tries to enrich the issue of accessibility of the Higher Education in France and its democratization. We will show how this reflection was developed in a school of journalism, IPJ Paris-Dauphine, within the prism of a dual responsibility, meaning the access to journalism training for students, together with the specificity of a school that trains in media production and its representations during a Diversity labeling process. We will show how this case illustrates well the dynamics proper to Diversity management in a French Higher Education Institution.
Keywords:  higher education, journalism, elite production, equal opportunities, diversity, France
Pages :  23 - 55
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Raising awareness about ethics to train inclusive managers
Author(s) :  Maria Giuseppina, Bruna ; Abderrahman, Jahmane
Abstract :  The notion of ‘ethics at work’ is rooted in an axiology that inspires a representation of the social role incumbent on the company towards its stakeholders. A CSR & Ethics policy invites to critically reinvigorate the normative and procedural system of a firm and calls for an assessment of its regulatory and learning mechanisms as well as of its operational praxis. That societal policy aspires to an ethical and strategic alignment of the company. Evidence-based, the present paper addresses the vision of ‘ethics at work’ shared by a cohort of Master-students from a French Business School. The ‘ethics at work’ image is actually investigated as a fabric of representations, perceptions, influences, and empirical experiences surrounding the relationship between a company and its stakeholders. The collected data are drawn from 155 Ethics & CSR Discovery Reports produced by students during their internships. A manual analysis of content was made, followed by a confirmatory quantitative treatment via lexicographical softwares ALCESTE and IRAMUTEQ. The results show that, although French legislation promotes Human Rights and Environmental compliance, and despite the strengthening of societal conscience among leaders and managers, the implementation of Corporate social commitment continues to be insufficient. Surely, best practices were developed concerning environmental action, quality of life at work, work-life balance and promotion of diversity and inclusion (positive astonishment). Nevertheless, shocking practices (negative astonishment) were also identified : our achievements disclose the gap between the organizational promises and the effective programs on one hand, and between the action plans and the operational practices on the other hand. In addition, they reveal the hysteresis of organizational behavior. The interpretative paradigm is based on a dual framework, centered on ‘ethics at work’ and business ethics (Tsalikis & Fritzsche 1989 ; Kervern, 1993 ;Victor & Cullen 1988 ; Birnik & Billsberry 2008 ; Chouaib & Zaddem 2012 ; Calabretta, et al., 2011) and on a Levinassian interpretation (Levinas, 1982 ; Bruna & Bazin, 2017) of ethics of otherness and Organizational Justice issues.
Keywords:  ethics of otherness, organizational justice, inclusive management, ethics and csr discovery report, higher education.
Pages :  57 - 89
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Between mission and market : Diversity, a strategic issue for French Business Schools ?
Author(s) :  Maryline, MEYER ; Cédrine, JOLY ; Mélanie, JAECK ; Magalie, MARAIS
Abstract :  This article analyzes the diversity policies implemented by the French business schools in a strategic dimension and focuses more specifically on mid-ranking schools, which are strongly subject to the challenges of competition and differentiation on their markets. We explore to what extent a diversity policy can be a solution to combine the economic and social logics of these hybrid organizations. From an exploratory and qualitative study carried out with seven Grandes Ecoles of management, we highlight how diversity policies are developed within the studied business schools and how they articulate multiple institutional logics. Our results conclude to a variable appropriation of diversity issues within the studied business schools and highlight that this appropriation is largely dependent of top leaders’ and governance’s engagement on these issues. We show that for schools that have integrated diversity into their mission and strategy, reconciliation between economic and social logic lies in a reinforcement of schools’ reputation and attractiveness, in a response given to students in their search for meaning and in an enhancement of their professional integration. Two tensions associated with the combination of these logics also emerge from our cases : a tension between diversity and academic excellence on the one hand, and a tension between diversity and economic profitability on the other hand.
Keywords:  diversity, diversity policy, French business schools, hybrid organizations, tensions
Pages :  91 - 114
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Reflexivity on actions of university researchers to promote inclusion within their community
Author(s) :  Marie-Noëlle, Albert ; Nadia, LAZZARI DODELER
Abstract :  The University of Quebec in Rimouski is located in a region remote from major urban centers. At the 2012 census, only 1 % of the population in this region was not born in Canada. The purpose of this article is to understand how teachers, as persons, act to promote the inclusion of immigrants in this peripheral region. Using autopraxeography, it presents three experiences engaging these researchers in the community. They concern the involvement in the direction of international students, that within an association whose mandate is the reception and inclusion of immigrants and refugees and research and actions with employers. Thus, the analysis of these experiences showed the importance of people’s willingness to get involved with vulnerable persons. Thus, the analysis of these experiences has shown both the importance of the will of people to get involved with vulnerable people, the peripheral and homogeneous aspect of the region in which the university is located, and the context scarcity of labor.
Keywords:  person, inclusion, peripherical area, immigrant, university
Pages :  115 - 136
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Problems and issues with the welcoming of foreign students on universities campuses : diversity, exclusion, inclusion, and cosmopolitanism
Author(s) :  Dominique, Baruel Bencherqui ; Gaëlle, Beau ; Yoann, Bazin
Abstract :  This article follows the tradition of evidence-based management for which actions and decisions must be informed and enriched by the results of scientific research. Thus, in view of the continuous increase in the number of foreign students on French campuses (for reasons presented in the first section), it seems to us essential to look at what the academic literature says on this matter. This leads us to examine, in particular, the challenges posed in classrooms and on campus in terms of integration and inclusion, facing the cultural diversity brought by international students. In the second part, we then present some possible solutions to respond to the findings and problems identified.
Keywords:  diversity, exclusion, inclusion, cosmopolitanism, international students
Pages :  137 - 161
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Embodied and Responsive Ethical Practices : Merleau-Ponty’s Contribution to Corporeal Ethics in Organizations
Author(s) :  Wendelin, Küpers ; Jeremy, Aroles
Abstract :  Following a phenomenological overview of the body and embodiment, this paper explores corporeal ethics as a practice in organizations. According to the phenomenology put forward by Merleau-Ponty, bodily dimensions and enfleshed intercorporeality are seen as a medium for ethically enacted and morally responsive, thus responsible, forms of practising and relationships. The article goes on to discuss specific forms of responsive and caring practices as well as the ethical relevance of bodies at work in organizations. Finally, practical, political, and theoretical implications are suggested, along with perspectives for further investigating and incorporating the practice of ethics in organisations.
Keywords:  embodiment, body, responsiveness, ethical practice, Merleau-Ponty
Pages :  163 - 187
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Proposal for a typology of managerial behavior strategies in the presence of religious facts at work. Results from an exploratory study in the French context
Author(s) :  Olivier, GUILLET
Abstract :  The religious fact – although being an old issue in France – has become an increasingly interesting question for academic research in HRM. This resurgence of research on this subject should not, on the one hand, mask the absence of a stabilized definition of the religious fact and its manifestation. Numerous definitions and typologies of the religious fact emerge from the literature. In the same way, the analysis of the literature reveals 6 possible behaviors of the manager faced with the religious fact at work that can be grouped by type of management. The data collection was carried out through semi-directive interviews (16 interviews) and content analysis with NVivo software. We thus complete the literature by taking into account the manager’s intention, which in fact implies distinguishing several behaviors that express themselves in the same way. This research thus aims to produce an intelligibility grid for a better understanding of the behaviors, and thus allow managers to broaden their range of behavioral options in the face of the religious fact and to better grasp the reasons behind it. The aim here is to position oneself on non-transgressive religious facts – the latter allowing the manager to have a certain margin of maneuver in his actions. This research can contribute to the training of managers and the development of their skills to deal with these new issues for the company. It is therefore part of one of the functions of higher education : the identification and dissemination of inclusive management practices.
Keywords:  religious fact at work, behaviors, typology, French context, manager, diversity management
Pages :  189 - 220
Type :  Research paper
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