Essay on Management Diversity

1434 Words Nov 20th, 2010 6 Pages
Managing Diversity at Spencer Owens & Co.
Case Study – Human Resources Management Fall Semester 2010/2011

19-10-2010
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Cátia Santos #
Rita Matos Dias #681
Rita Lourenço Leite #689
Tânia Rodrigues #698

Should organizations aspire to be racially, ethnically and gender diverse? Why?
Diversity is aspired by organizations as a strategic initiative that can bring advantage for the company. The aspiration of diversity is not only concerned with moral issues but it is also about competitiveness, maximizing benefits or human effectiveness.
Simply recognizing diversity in a corporation helps link the variety of talents within the organization and also allows those talented employees to feel needed and have
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This helps an organization formulate the best business strategy, with its large pool of different ideas and solutions. Some studies also have discovered that heterogeneous groups produce better quality solutions to assigned problems than homogeneous groups, so diversity can enhance creativity and innovation.
Although all these advantages, diversity has also some disadvantages, but if the value and richness brought by diversity maximizes some potential disadvantages that should exists in the organization.

Under what circumstances does a team’s cultural diversity detract or enhance its effectiveness?
A diverse workforce can supply a greater variety of solutions to problems. Employees from diverse backgrounds bring individual talents and experiences in suggesting ideas that are flexible in adapting to fluctuating markets and customer demands. A diverse collection of skills and experiences is the bridge between the work place and the market place as it allows a company to provide service to customers on a global basis. Creativity also increases when people with different ways of solving difficult problems work together towards a common solution. Language skills are needed in today’s increasingly global economy, and diverse workers often have this proficiency. A diverse workforce that feels comfortable

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