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The changing demography of the workforce presents challenges and opportunities to individuals and to the organizations of which they are a part. This volume examines how diversity in organizations affords benefits such as a broader talent pool, but at the same time can lead to tension, misunderstanding and, at times, outright hostility.

An Introduction to Diversity in Organizations
An introduction to diversity in organizations
Martin M.Chemers
Mark A.Costanzo
StuartOskamp

Scientists and practitioners have become increasingly aware of the changing demographic characteristics of the American workforce. In the latter part of this century and into the next, the largest percentage of new entries into the workforce will be individuals who are sometimes labeled “nontraditional” employees. The term nontraditional refers to the fact that until very recently the U.S. working population, especially at the managerial and professional levels, primarily comprised white males of European descent. In the coming decades, most new entries will be women, ethnic minorities, and immigrants. Although changes at the managerial level are slower, those ranks are also becoming more diverse and more representative of the U.S. population.

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