HR 582 Research Project, Diversity Analysis and Comparison
Eric Price, Ifraz Meya, Ryan Lee
Keller Graduate School
Diversity is a major part of America’s identity in terms of its demographics and
As diversity grows in the workforce companies who understand how to
utilize diversity as a source of competitive advantage are emerging as the frontrunners in the new
This paper is designed to gain a better understand of how closely local
demographic trends are carried over to the workplace.
It is intended to provide realistic data by
pulling actual diversity trends from three companies with significant operations in Utah and
comparing their numbers to those of the local population.
Additionally, employees from the
three sample companies will be questioned on their understanding of workplace diversity and the
role that they feel it plays in day to day operations.
The American workforce continues to drastically change.
“In the 1950’s more than 60%
of the workforce consisted of white men,” (Stoltz-Loike, 2009).
Today, the American workforce
is built much differently and more closely reflects the population with a significant mix of
genders, races, religions, ages and many other background factors.
Along with the significant
influx of diversity in the workforce comes the need to understand the complexities, challenges
and potential that it brings to the workforce.
Diversity is a fluid concept that is unique in both definition and application for each
At its core diversity is about learning from others who are not the same.
It is the
process of creating workplace environments that encourage and utilize the advantages of diverse
According to an article published by Cornell University “diversity should
complement non-discrimination compliance programs by enabling the creation of workplace
environments and organizational cultures that focus on diversity as a strategic advantage,”
(Susan Woods, 2010).
In today’s business world the long-term success of any business will depend on its ability
to embrace and frequently access the power of its diverse culture.
A company’s diversity
represents a unique body of talent that can bring fresh ideas, perspectives and views to their work
and decision making processes.
If utilized a company’s diversity can be a source of tremendous
The challenge that diversity poses, therefore, is to enable managers to
capitalize on the mixture of genders, cultural backgrounds, ages and lifestyles to respond to
business opportunities more rapidly and creatively.
“The reality is a company’s competition can
obtain capital and technology — and they can match even the most creative pricing strategies.
However, it’s more difficult to recreate a culture, value system, operating principles, leadership
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