What is the most important aspect of organizational diversity? Why do you feel this is the most important aspect of organizational diversity? Feel free to provide an example of this for a workplace in which you have been involved.

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Course Learning Outcomes for Unit II

Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

2. Assess the benefits of organizational diversity.
2.1 Evaluate how organizational diversity promotes creativity and innovative problem-solving.

6. Appraise methods used to improve organizational cultures.

6.1 Describe how organizational cultures are perceived.
6.2 Contrast the benefits and disadvantages of diverse workplace environments.
6.3 Determine the value of establishing a dynamic organizational culture.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Activity

Unit Lesson
Chapter 10
Unit II Project

Unit Lesson
Chapter 2
Unit II Project

Unit Lesson
Chapters 2 and 10
Unit II Project

Unit Lesson
Chapters 2 and 10
Unit II Project

Required Unit Resources

Chapter 2: Theories and Thinking About Diversity, pp. 37-54

Chapter 10: Work and Family, pp. 285-304

Unit Lesson

Benefits and Drawbacks of Organizational Diversity

An organization will have many needs in order to work at its peak performance. Part of this process is
understanding the organizational culture as well as that of individuals, groups, and teams and how they
interact socially. In order for there to be a sense of unity, there should be an understanding of what it takes for
individuals who have their own unique differences to accept others or at least find a way to interact and
collaborate (Shen, Chanda, D’Netto, & Monga, 2009). This does not mean forcing someone to accept or
adopt someone else’s beliefs and heritage as his or her own. Gaining understanding to appreciate these
unique backgrounds and characteristics provides a broader comprehension that can assist in facilitating
improved innovation and outcomes.

The organization and its components can continually improve through gaining this greater understanding of
the different cultures and backgrounds of its individual members. Along with this can be issues of time
relevance in addition to the value placed on interaction, relationships, and work completed. How work is
completed and under what conditions can also be a part of our diversity (Bell, 2017). An individual who is very
self-focused and time-conscious will have challenges in working with an individual or team members who do
not have the same time relevance and do not hold the same value for individual achievement. An individual


Organizational Diversity

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who believes in talking a concern through as a group until resolution is reached will be a source of agitation to
the individualistic member.

The readings address terms and concepts such as stigma and minority. Are these terms used
interchangeably? Are individuals within an organization, a community, and society so grounded in their own
values, beliefs, and traditions that

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