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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.

Chapter 2: Cultural Identity and Diversity in Organizations: Bridging the Gap between Group Differences and Individual Uniqueness

Cultural Identity and Diversity in Organizations: Bridging the Gap between Group Differences and Individual Uniqueness
Cultural identity and diversity in organizations: Bridging the gap between group differences and individual uniqueness
Bernardo M.Ferdman

The concept of diversity as it has been employed by organizational researchers, theorists, and practitioners can encompass a broad range of differences. Most agree, however, on the group-based nature of human heterogeneity. At an individual level, no two persons are alike in every respect, and thus they can be regarded as diverse relative to each other. But it is those features that make us like some specified group of people and different than other groups that constitute the principal thrust of much current work on diversity in organizations. Thus diversity in organizations is typically seen ...

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