Celebrating Diversity in Organizations: An Analysis of Workplace Initiatives

By Beatrice Gibbons-Kunka.

Published by The Organization Collection

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In this age of globalization, organizational success is aligned with worldwide operations and a globally-minded work force. Around the world, organizations are dealing with the myriad of challenges and opportunities associated with competition in an increasingly complex world without borders. The ability to respect differences and value diversity is an important key to success in managing organizational behavior across cultures. This underscores the need for effective diversity initiatives in organizations that seek success in the global economy. The results of a qualitative research study of workplace diversity initiatives of organizations in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. area is presented and discussed. Implications for organizational leaders interested in developing or improving their own workplace diversity initiatives is addressed. Strategies for promoting and managing diversity within and between organizations is presented. There is a particular focus on the positive implications of celebrating diversity in the workplace.

Keywords: Diversity Initiatives, Organizational Culture, Organizational Change, Globalization

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 12, pp.27-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.168MB).

Dr. Beatrice Gibbons-Kunka

Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Studies, School of Communications and Information Systems, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Dr. Gibbons is an Associate Professor of Organizational Studies at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational diversity, behavior, ethics, communication and leadership. Dr. Gibbons’ professional experience also involved preparing preservice and inservice elementary teachers for the teaching of culturally and linguistically diverse students. She received her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration and Foundations from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, U.S.A. Her past research agenda focused on the teaching of science to elementary English Learners. Her current research agenda involves the study of workplace diversity initiatives and the process of promoting cultural diversity in organizations.

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