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Unformatted text preview: Diversity project paper [Year] Keller graduate school of management, Gm591 Mamun Chowdhury (Research question: How do differing perspectives affect out views of workforce diversity?) Introduction : Diversity relates to gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief, including that people are different in other respects such as educational level, job function, socio-economic background, personality profile, marital status and whether or not one has family. Diversity and demographic differences can impact individual behavior by creating conflict in the workplace. The success of an organization depends on the workforce of the organization. A workforce made up of diverse individuals from different backgrounds can bring the best talent to an organization. Today, there are more and more ethnic people joining the workforce of the United States. Since the United States is considered the land of opportunity, more people from different backgrounds have migrated to our country over the past 100+ years to obtain work. Now, due to an increase in globalization and companies becoming more diverse, we are seeing even more people of ethnic backgrounds relocating to the United States for opportunities. With the increase in education, this is bringing forth many individuals of whom tend to have a great deal of input into organizations that otherwise would not have happened. These individuals bring a vast array of knowledge from their culture and beliefs. They tend to see things differently and have afforded companies to understand the needs of people throughout the world. Back ground : Organizationally, inclusion of diverse people is most effective when those individuals are incorporated in systematic ways into important (and appropriate) business and decision-making processes in the organization. One Fortune 500 corporation insisted on staffing its board with particular proportions of whites, African Americans, white women, and non-U.S. members. The organization argued that they were not concerned about quotas and tokenism because there were more than enough highly qualified individuals of each respective background to serve. Rather, they argued that they were concerned about composing the board in a way they felt would benefit the operation of the corporation. Problem statement : organizations often experienced a series of problems related to this increase in diversity because business leadership had failed to think strategically about why women in the workforce were important to the business. This lack of thoughtfulness produced two fundamental problems in the face of increased diversity. First, the women who entered the organization were subjected to professional and personal hardships that resulted from the organizations lack of preparedness in tackling the overt and subtle sexism that already existed in their systems. Second, all organization members, old and new, were often left to figure out why their systems....
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- Spring '11