Diversity Management, Challenges and Opportunities in Multicultural Organizations

By Patrick A. Edewor and Yetunde A. Aluko.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The imperativeness of the multicultural organization, with a diverse workforce, in the face of globalization is increasingly being emphasized. As against what obtains in monolithic organizations, corporations are now accepting and valuing a multicultural workforce comprising employees with diverse ethnic, racial, religious and gender backgrounds. This diversity necessitates adopting appropriate strategies for its management. Strategies for managing such diversity in organizations are discussed together with the impact of multiculturalism on organizational behaviour. The challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly diverse culture as well as how a manager can respond to such diversity are presented. The paper concludes that it is imperative for employers and policy makers to understand changing workforce demographics and the impact of increasing diversity on human behaviour in the workplace.

Keywords: Cultural Diversity, Diversity Management, Globalization, Multicultural Organization, Organizational Behaviour

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.189-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 954.247KB).

Dr. Patrick A. Edewor

Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Covenant University, Nigeria

Patrick A. Edewor, 47, is currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Sociology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. He was formerly the Acting Dean of the College of Human Development in the same University. He holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, specializing in Social Demography. His topics of research include fertility, the value of children, adolescent reproductive health, and homelessness among children and youth. He has many publications to his credit which have appeared in local and international journals as well as chapters in books. He is a member a number of professional bodies and associations including: Population Association of Nigeria (PAN), Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association (NASA), Union for African Population Studies (UAPS), International Sociological Association (ISA), International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS), International Institute of Sociology (IIS), Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA), and African Sociological Association (AFSA). He has participated in many international conferences in Germany, Sweden, South Africa and Nigeria. He is married to Kehinde and blessed with three children.

Dr. Yetunde A. Aluko

Lecturer II, Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria

Yetunde A. Aluko teaches Sociology at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago- Iwoye, Ogun state, Nigeria. She holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, specializing in Gender and Labour Studies, Industrial Sociology and Development. Her topics of research include women in management, women in academics, women in informal sector, girl-child education, old age and retirement, and globalization and women. She has many publications to her credit which have appeared in both local and international journals as well as chapters in books. She is a member of a number of professional bodies and associations including: International Industrial Relations Associations (IIRA), Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association (NASA), Nigerian Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), Nigerian Industrial Relations Association (NIRA), African Sociological Association (AFSA), and Pan–African Gender and Peace Research Group (PAGPRG). She has participated in some international conferences/workshops in South Africa, Senegal and Nigeria. She is married to Ola and blessed with three children.

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