Tempered Radicals in Manufacturing: Invisible Champions of Inclusion

Griffiths, Chris
Pio, Edwina
McGhee, Peter
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The tempered radical enjoys their work and is committed to their organisation. Yet, something important to them, like their values or identity, makes them feel different from their workplace's dominant culture. This sense of difference, and their tempered approach to radical change, allow them to work unnoticed in organisations as invisible champions of inclusion. This study examines how tempered radicals use their abilities as change agents to foster inclusion. It takes advantage of manufacturing industries' highly collaborative, richly diverse and rapidly changing employment environment. Drawing participants from all organisational levels demonstrates the broad influence of the tempered radical. Twenty-four qualitative interviews were conducted using a narrative inquiry methodology and interpreted through thematic analysis. This study builds on current theory and makes a valuable contribution by proposing a framework to illustrate the key characteristics of the tempered radical incorporating inclusion in the workplace.

Diversity , Inclusion , Manufacturing , Organisation , Tempered Radical , 35 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services , 3507 Strategy, Management and Organisational Behaviour , 1303 Specialist Studies in Education , 1503 Business and Management , 1505 Marketing , 3505 Human resources and industrial relations , 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Journal of Management and Organization, ISSN: 1833-3672 (Print); 1839-3527 (Online), Cambridge University Press, 29(6), 1157-1178. doi: 10.1017/jmo.2022.59
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