Mullins (2009) makes the important point that:
We live in an organisational world. Organisations of one form or another are a necessary part of our society and serve many important needs … It is important, therefore, to understand how organisations function and the pervasive influences which they exercise over the behaviour of people. (p. 3) Understanding the organizational context of professional practice can therefore be seen as an important matter, such is the influence of organizational structures, cultures and practices. This is particularly the case in relation to inequality, as the organization in which we work can be an asset in tackling discrimination through supportive policies and practices, or it can be a major source of such discrimination and can exacerbate existing inequalities.