Institutions and organizations
Within the theme of institutions, a number of avenues of research are concerned with diversity. Innovation and entrepreneurship contribute to a dynamic economy and society. This may have either a detrimental or a beneficial impact on more socially disadvantaged members of society. It is therefore important to conduct research into which conditions allow for innovation and entrepreneurship to aid the integration of migrant groups.
Increased diversity changes an organization. When the input of employees with a different background is utilized, this can lead to innovation. Diversity can, however, also provoke resistance. A majority often feels threatened by a different minority. The way that an organization handles this issue determines the eventual effect diversity has on its functioning, and the social efficacy of its employees, and therefore makes for an interesting research topic.
Furthermore, the act of managing one’s own business can bestow upon an individual a certain independence, which may especially benefit members of more disadvantaged groups within society. It is interesting to research under which conditions and to what extent such entrepreneurship contributes positively to the economy and emancipation of these groups.
Lastly, society is paying progressively more attention to social entrepreneurship. When incorporated into the goals of an organization, the qualities and input of its socially disadvantaged will be put to use more effectively. The degree to which this stimulates employment opportunity and increases social efficacy for these disadvantaged groups is an interesting research theme.