Managing Diversity

Scientific Essay, 2009

19 Pages, Grade: A (1,0)


List of Tables

Table 1: Chances of Diversity

Table 2: Possible obstacles of diversity

Table 3: Example for Figure Development

List of Figures

Figure 1: The impact of diversity initiatives on business

Figure 2: Perceived benefits of Diversity

Figure 3: Model for Diversity Management

Figure 4: Perspectives of the Diversity Scorecard

Managing Diversity

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." (John F. Kennedy)

Diversity - a word that is getting more and more important in today's life. Diversity has always been on earth because people can differ in many ways: gender, age, culture, sexuality or disability and many more.

There is no explicit definition about what diversity is. But it is about differences and similarities. About visible and invisible differences. It encompasses acceptance and respect that each individual is unique. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. It is about moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. Diversity is not about removing prejudices, but about recognizing that they exist (Aretz & Hansen, 2002, p. 15).

Since issues like alteration, climate change, urbanization and globalization are changing the world every day the world now faces the topic diversity more than ever. The importance of diversity has grown since companies have recognized that diversity can bring a benefit to the company. However, how to manage this diversity became a new problem in today's business life.

"It is not enough to get people from different cultures with different ages and genders together it is essential how these people get along with each other and with others, like employees and customers." (Daniel Goeudevert, 20021 )

Goeudevert's quote shows that managing diversity is more than just mixing diverse people together. The key point is to manage this diversity in the right way to get a benefit out of it.

„ The basic concept of managing diversity accepts that the workforce consists of a diverse population of people. The diversity consists of visible and non-visible differences which will include factors such as sex, age, background, race, disability, personality and work style. It is founded on the premiss that harnessing these differences will create a productive environment in which everybody feels valued, where their talents are being fully utilized and in which organizational goals are met.'' (Kandola & Fullerton, 1998, p. 8 )

Apart from Kandola and Fullerton there were a lot of definitions of Managing Diversity produced in the last decades. These definitions differ in some ways, but the key point is the same:

All authors see a great potential for business in diversity. Therefore differences must be managed effectively. As a result they can add value to an organization.

Kandola & Fullerton for example emphasize that each individual has potential and talent - in different ways. The aim is to maximize these potentials and talents to make a contribution to the organization. If people are enabled and allowed to work at their full-potential - no matter how different they are - a more inviting workplace is generated. The workforce feels more comfortable with the organization and is happy with their job. Moreover it is not necessary to force the people to get better. It lies in the nature of human beings to get better. The happier people feel with their job the higher is their engagement and their output. Unsatisfied people tend to stay at home and therefore cause costs for the organization. In addition unhappy people normally leave the company and new costly recruitment is then needed.

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Table 1: Chances of Diversity, Source: Aretz & Hansen, 2002

The huge demographic change in the last years led to an ageing population where less young people enter the labor market. This causes a serious shortage in the recruitment pools of the organizations which is a reason for a business case for diversity management. New working groups have to be developed. Targeting groups that have not been in this recruitment pool seems a good solution. Moreover this leads to diversity in the workforce from which the organization can benefit (European-Commission, 2005).

A diverse workforce can as well develop great ideas and plans for the organization. Creativity is a result of different ideas and viewpoints that bang together to get the maximum benefit out of it. Great ideas are needed to bring the organization forward and therefore the business case is the basis for a good start.

Nowadays there is a huge diversity in European citizens and therefore a change in customer tastes, needs and lifestyle. Having employees from diverse backgrounds can help to provide solutions and services to customers from diverse backgrounds, especially when the company is operating international (European-Commission, 2005).

Moreover a diverse workforce with a different thinking can rise to a broader and more creative portfolio of new product opportunities (European-Commission, 2005).

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Figure 1: The impact of diversity initiatives on business, Source: European-Commission, 2005


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Managing Diversity
Anglia Ruskin University
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- What is diversity? - What is managing diversity? - Chances of diversity - Equal Opportunities - Liberal approach - Radical approach - Ethical Responsibility - Social Justice Case - Compliance - Fear of paralysis - Model to implement a diversity business case - Obstacles of implimentation - How to evaluate the programm`?
Managing Diversity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity, Personal, Chancengleichheit
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Carmen Nowak (Author), 2009, Managing Diversity, Munich, GRIN Verlag,


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