Achieving Organizational Diversity Analytical Essay by Nicky

Achieving Organizational Diversity
A comparative analysis of two books that explore the concept of organizational diversity.
# 129086 | 3,099 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2010 in Business (International) , Business (Human Resources) , Economics (Globalization)

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This paper compares and contrasts the books "Implementing Diversity" by Marilyn Loden and "Understanding Diversity: A Learning-as-Practice Primer" by Barbara Okun. The paper asserts that diversity in the organizational environment has become an important and even critical aspect of ensuring organizational success. The paper explains that "Implementing Diversity" actually offers specific guideline and acts as a tutorial for organizations to follow, focusing on top down changes to achieve organizational diversity. The paper clarifies that diversity is inclusive of factors such as work style, ethnicity, religion, race, gender, having a disability, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, educational attainment, and general work experience. The paper also finds that diversity has become an ever increasing necessity as it pertains to the business environment and the desire of organizations to appeal to a broad array of individuals. The paper concludes that both of the mentioned books seem to have the capacity to offer organizations with the insight needed to develop a successful plan for diversity implementation. This paper contains an illustrative figure.

Defining Diversity and Strategic Diversity Management
Compare and Contrast
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"In addition to taking a top-down approach to diversity, Loden's book also focuses on several other issues related to diversity in the workplace including proven strategies for managing resistance to this important change. In this particular aspect of the book Loden points out the difficulty that can occur as it pertains to the process of implementing diversity in an organization that is not diverse or has never viewed diversity as an important issue. The resistance that often exists as it pertains to the implementation of diversity is usually built upon the fear of the unknown or the fear than ones power will somehow be lost."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davidson, M. J. & Fielden, S. L. (Eds.). (2003). Individual Diversity and Psychology in Organizations. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Diversity made simple: Understanding important terms. Retrieved November 30, 2008, from
  • Loden, M. 1995. Implementing Diversity. McGraw-Hill
  • Okun B., Jane Fried and Marcie Okun. 1998 Understanding Diversity A Learning-as-Practice Primer by Wadsworth Publishing.
  • Thomas, R. R. (2006). Building on the Promise of Diversity: How We Can Move to the Next Level in Our Workplaces, Our Communities, and Our Society. New York: AMACOM.

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