Several important dimensions define the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) approach to diversity research:
- We have learned that diversity applies to all dimensions of identity including gender, race, class, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, and more, so that understanding is embedded in our scholarship.
- Furthermore, the world in which we work and live is increasingly diverse and more aware of its diversity. This means workplace effectiveness must place an even greater premium on honoring, valuing and respecting all people.
- Diverse work forces provide competitive advantages as the market changes to recognize and include diversity of all types.
CGO uses a "complexity lens" to understand gender and diversity. Through this lens, differences are seen as a simultaneous process of identity and institutional practices. The new insight gained through the use of this lens has led CGO to the development of a theory of simultaneity to strengthen diversity efforts. Simply stated, the theory works with the reality that all people have multiple identities, all of which are present "at the table" in any interaction and any of which may be more or less salient in any particular situation.