Diversiteit en inclusie in verschillende typen kindercentra: Ervaringen van managers en medewerkers

Willeke Van Der Werf, Pauline Slot, Patrick Kenis, Paul Leseman

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Abstract

Childcare centers are organizations that differ in structural and cultural characteristics. The present comparative case study examined how Dutch childcare centers match different organization types and related the identified organization types to the implementation of diversity and inclusion policy. Diversity and inclusion in organizations concerns climate-dimensions, such as providing equal opportunities, allowing influence on decision-making and stimulating professional development for all staff. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 managers and 24 pedagogical practitioners in 13 childcare centers. Content-analysis of the interviews showed that employees in all centers experience equal opportunities, however the content and form of these opportunities differed according to the type of organization. Employees in childcare centers with a comparatively strong orientation on professional performance reported positive experiences with group-collaboration, team-professionalization and collective decision-making. Employees in childcare centers with a comparatively strong market orientation reported positive experiences with possibilities for individual development and autonomy in their daily work. The experiences of the employees match the differences in organizational climate as reported by the location managers, emphasizing either collaboration in teams or employees’ individual responsibility, depending on the type of organization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-125
JournalB & M: Tijdschrift voor Beleid, Politiek en Maatschappij
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • diversity
  • inclusion
  • privatization
  • organizational climate
  • childcare centers

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