The reason firms adopt diversity management programs is supposed to be that they need them—either because they employ mainly white men or because regulators require the programs. New research finds the opposite is true. “What we see here is that, paradoxically, it’s not the firms lacking diversity that adopt programs to promote diversity,” says Frank Dobbin, professor of sociology at Harvard University. “It’s the firms that are doing best in diversifying management that put into place diversity …

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