Students will
identify/develop criteria for the audit, develop interview questions to
determine level of organizational performance or collect evidence via
literature reviews of performance (research audit), conduct interviews or
conduct research, and report findings. In this module, Students will submit a
proposal which includes the company they will audit (with permission) or
company they plan on researching, a criteria by which results will be measured,
and a list of ten questions which will be asked in the audit or a preliminary
literature review for their research of a company. Please see handout for further
instructions. This audit will be on Target. Please view attached doc for more instructions.
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DIVERSITY AUDIT PROJECT
Research Audit
There are two options for this research project: perform a diversity audit on an
organization with which you are associated (or have been associated with) or perform a
research audit on one of the top 10 companies identified by DiversityInc as a company
that demonstrates the business case for diversity.
Students will identify/develop criteria for the audit, develop interview questions to
determine level of organizational performance or collect evidence via literature reviews
of performance (research audit), conduct interviews or conduct research, and report
findings. In this module, Students will submit a proposal which includes the company
they will audit (with permission) or company they plan on researching, a criteria by
which results will be measured, and a list of ten questions which will be asked in the
audit or a preliminary literature review for their research of a company.
Diversity Audit Instructions
Establish some criteria for managing diversity in an organization. You can use
secondary research to assist you.
If you are performing an audit of an organization in which you work or have worked:
Obtain authorization for the audit from a manager or a human resource leader. After you
have received authorization by the organization to conduct this audit if you are
performing the diversity audit on an organization with which you are associated (or have
been associated with), make an appointment to interview at least one company
representative or employee. If you can interview people from different functions and
levels (human resources, training, managers, and employees) it will provide different
perspectives.
If you are performing research on one of the top 10 companies identified by DiversityInc
as a company that demonstrates the business case for diversity, prepare a literature
review of your research on that company. The literature review should include sources
from scholarly and professional journals describing the performance of the organization
as it relates to diversity, in addition to the organization’s website that you are
researching. The literature review should include a bibliography of sources and a brief
paragraph describing the contents of the source.

Identify and describe the organization in which you will conduct the audit and
obtain permission from an organizational leader for the audit; or identify the
company from the top 10 companies identified by DiveristyInc, on which you will
perform your research.





Establish some criteria for managing diversity in an organization. You can use
secondary research to assist you.
Conduct the audit by visiting the organization and conducting an interview(s). Ask
for a tour of the organization so that you may gather additional information
through observation. If available, try to obtain copies of the company newsletters,
value statements, and so forth. If you are using on the the DiversityInc firms,
include in your research:
Evaluate what you have learned about the company in terms of diversity,
comparing it against the criteria you established. Be sure to pay attention to
subtle cues (i.e. is there evidence that they really do what they say they do). For
example, a manager proudly pointed out that his large retail organization hired
physically challenged workers. However, they were all assigned to work in the
stockroom, where they were never seen by any customers. Feel free to add
additional criteria that you did not think of after the interview/visit.
Prepare a 7-10 page paper which explains your findings in detail. The paper
should be free from spelling and grammatical errors. Make sure you cite all
written Web sources, journal articles and interviews in a bibliography, and
contain exhibits, such as copies of the organizational value statements or
company newsletters, if appropriate.
To summarize, your report should detail the strengths and weaknesses of the
organization’s diversity initiatives. List the criteria (one page), provide some
company background/history (one page), evaluate the organization’s efforts in
terms of diversity, and make recommendations for improvement.

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