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.

Diversity in Organizations: Lessons from Demography Research

Diversity in Organizations: Lessons from Demography Research

Diversity in organizations: Lessons from demography research
Anne S.Tsui
Terri D.Egan
Katherine R.Xin

The workforce of organizations is becoming increasingly diverse or heterogeneous in such demographic attributes as age, sex, race, ethnicity, and national origin. This fact is well accepted among practicing managers and management scholars alike. Consequently, both groups are interested in understanding the effect of such diversity on the organization and in developing insights on how best to manage this increasingly diverse workforce. Fortunately, such knowledge is accumulating. Within the past decade, two largely nonintersecting but related streams of work that deal with this topic have appeared in the organization and management literatures. One stream, referred to here as diversity research, developed largely in response to the Hudson Institute report ...

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