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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 3: An Analysis of Work Specialization and Organization Level as Dimensions of Workforce Diversity

An Analysis of Work Specialization and Organization Level as Dimensions of Workforce Diversity
An analysis of work specialization and organization level as dimensions of workforce diversity
Taylor H.Cox, Jr.
Joycelyn A.Finley

As a topic in the study of organizations, diversity research addresses the impact of differences in group identities of workers on the behavior and performance of individuals, work groups, and organizations. Previous literature on group-identity effects on organizational behavior has focused primarily on gender, race, nationality, and age. However, writers recently have given attention to a broader set of dimensions such as work specialization (e.g., Jackson, 1991) and physical ability (e.g., Stone, Stone, & Dipboye, 1992) and to eclectic theoretical frameworks that are applicable across dimensions (Cox, 1993; Jackson, Stone, & Alvarez, 1993; Triandis, Kurowski, & Gelfand, ...

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