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A different outlook on othering

Joan F. Marques (School of Business, Woodbury University, Burbank, California, USA)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 26 January 2021

Issue publication date: 21 July 2021




To encourage those who feel victimized by the tendency of “othering” or being part of an “outgroup” in any organization, in perceiving this reality from a more constructive angle.


A reflective viewpoint, supported by observations, conversations, and readings.


Othering exists, but it is a perspective that we can choose as a source of oppression or growth.

Practical implications

Considering the five ideas in this article can assist readers in becoming more resilient and positive members of their work- and other environments.

Social implications

As more people decide to rethink othering, the ridiculousness of the entire tendency may get deposed, and othering may become an obsolete behavioral pattern.


Presenting five ideas pertaining to performance excellence, making a constructive difference, keeping a mindset of elevating rather than defeating perspectives, maintaining dignity, and moving to new horizons. Through these five ideas, the author proposes a constructive perspective to a trend that is usually considered discriminatory and subjugating.



Marques, J.F. (2021), "A different outlook on othering", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 35 No. 5, pp. 1-3.



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