Diversity Management: Economically Reasonable or "Only" Ethically Mandatory?

By Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Thomas Köllen and Heike Mensi-Klarbach.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Organizational diversity more and more becomes a crucial issue in companies. Amongst others due to demographic changes and the increase of the labour-force participation rate of women the diversification of the workforce is obviously augmenting rapidly, but only few European companies have already implemented diversity programs. Some studies identify economic reasons for establishing diversity management in terms of lower levels of absenteeism, attraction and retention of highly talented people, increased creativity and innovation, higher quality problem solving and as well in terms of general profit indicators. Particularily, the question whether diversity correlates to higher innovation capability experiences growing attention.
We assume that different shareholders need different sources of information; in order to understand the point of view of decision makers we present results of a study, in which the estimation of the interrelationship between gender sensitive measures and relevant cost categories is investigated.

Keywords: Diversity Management, Gender, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Creativity, Innovation

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.159-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 663.527KB).

Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

Professor, Academic Unit for Gender and Diversity in Organisations, Institute for Organisation Studies and Organisational Behaviour, Department of Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria

Study of Computer Science at the University of Technology Vienna; 1987 Master of Computer Science; 1990 PhD in Technical Sciences; 1991-1993 Assistant Professor at the University of Technology Vienna; Dec. 1993 - 1996 awarded with the APART-scholarship (Austrian Program for Advanced Research and Technology) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, research topic: Group Decision Support Systems; 29.1.1996 Venia Docendi for 'Applied Computer Science' at University of Technology; Nov.96-Oct. 2002 Associate Professor at the Vienna University of Technology; since 10/02 full professor for Gender and Diversity in Organizations at the University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna; since 2002 Head of the Research Institute on Gender and Diversity in Organizations; since 2006 Head of the Senate and full professors' representative.

Dr. Thomas Köllen

Research Assistant, Research Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administrations, Vienna, Austria

09/06- 08/09 DocTeam Fellow: Austrian Academy of Science

Heike Mensi-Klarbach

Research Assistant, Research Institut for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administrations, Vienna, Austria

09/07- 08/09 DocTeam Fellow: Austrian Academy of Science

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