Responsible executives recognize a duty to denounce unacceptable conduct. There is also a responsibility to welcome diversity and difference in the workplace
Looking back at 2017 for CCC’s Beyond the Book, diversity, tolerance and equal opportunity figured prominently in our programs.
As Publishers Weekly reported in November, the book business offers women no safe harbor in spite of their preponderance in the office. Indeed, PW’s news director Rachel Deahl told CCC’s Chris Kenneally that for female executives, editors, and salespeople, the balance of power often goes against them.
Responsible executives recognize a duty to denounce unacceptable conduct. Whether an organization serves only a local market or does business in many countries across the globe, there is also a responsibility to welcome diversity and difference in the workplace, says UK-based Nancy Roberts, the founder and director at Business Inclusivity, a social enterprise working to encourage greater diversity and inclusion in corporate life. Publishers who set an inclusive tone will see a change in management and in the mirror, she explained.
In Germany, just before the start of the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, the STM Association of scholarly and scientific publishers invited Copyright Clearance Center CEO Tracey Armstrong to moderate a discussion that explored how diversity and inclusion help to make an organization more productive and profitable. Panelist Leon Heward-Mills, Global Publishing Director at Taylor & Francis Group, described how talent recruitment and retention have changed in an era of digital transformation.
Professor Cassidy Sugimoto of the School of Informatics & Computing at Indiana University, Bloomington examines the formal and informal ways in which knowledge producers consume and disseminate scholarship. Earlier this year, Professor Sugimoto and Vincent Lariviere of the Universite de Montreal responded to a report, Gender in the Global Research Landscape, that seemed to show women and men in the global research community were approaching parity.
As Sugimoto discovered, however, a gap persists.