Lost in the Diversity Jungle: Using the Diversity Compass for Early Career Scholars’ Orientation in Research Communities

By Gloria Kutscher, Dudu Kucukgol, Benjamin Schoenung, Gisela Tinkler and Gloria Warmuth.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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Professional socialization of early career scholars requires positioning within their fields of research. Positioning, however, is context-specific and often happens unconsciously or even accidentally. A more conscious approach to finding one’s individual place in the respective research field is a challenging task, but important for further development within the community. Finding one’s way through the research jungle is a difficult task in the field of diversity, a field known for its complexity and increasing number of scholars from very different fields. This paper draws on Krell and Sieben’s (2007) Diversity Compass, which allows for positioning scholarly work. By operationalizing the framework’s dimensions, i.e. the research objective and research process, five PhD research projects are analyzed with regard to their methodological positioning. Krell’s diversity compass is adapted and transformed into a questionnaire, which is then used to reflect on one’s positioning. These reflections are presented in the form of autoethnographic vignettes. The results show that the awareness of one’s individual placing clarifies the interconnectivity between different specialized communities and therefore promotes future career opportunities.

Keywords: Early Career Scholars, Diversity Compass, Positioning, Methodology

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 14, Issue 2, July 2015, pp.9-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 24, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 629.546KB)).

Gloria Kutscher

Research, Teaching Associate, Institute of Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria

Dudu Kucukgol

PhD student, Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Benjamin Schoenung

PhD student/Research & Teaching Associate, Department of Global Business and Trade, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Gisela Tinkler

Teaching and Research Assistant, Institute of English Business Communication, WU Wien - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria

Gloria Warmuth

Research, Teaching Associate, Institute of Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria