This chapter applies the intelligent career competencies framework (knowing whom, knowing why and knowing how) to examine black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees’ trajectories towards partnership in professional services firms. The chapter contributes by demonstrating how career competencies interact and transform through time, influencing professional trajectories via multiple, intersecting diversity dimensions. Minority ethnic professional progress requires the successful acquisition and conversion of career competencies over time. ‘Knowing-how’, dominant in early career, converts into ‘knowing-whom’ (as mentors spot rising stars) and then ‘knowing-why’ (as senior associates start to construct a ‘potential partner’ identity) in later career. However, systemic penalties such as socially disadvantaged early life experiences, mid-career homophily and negative stereotyping can hinder the capital conversion process. The chapter ends with practical recommendations to reduce the impact of social and cultural impediments to talented employees who happen to be outsiders, and formalising the facilitating factors that currently benefit insiders.
Doyin Atewologun and Ramaswami Mahalingam
We present five methodological tools and practices to demonstrate how intersectionality can be applied in EDI research. Our five tools embrace the complexity of intersectionality as situated and embodied within the research context as well as within the researcher–participant dynamic. These are (1) cultivating intersectional reflexivity, (2) playing a privilege versus penalties board game (at the project outset, or data collection tool), (3) plotting an intersectional identity web (entering the field and engaging with participants), (4) keeping an intersectional identity work journal (data collection tool) and (5) collecting participant-led audio-visual data (data collection and analysis). We discuss how these practices and tools can be used to elicit the rich and reflexive data on the perceptions and experiences of researcher and participant as they cohabit socially constructed intersectional positions in a research project. The chapter ends with a consideration of the limitations of these approaches and future considerations.