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|Author||: Lionel Laroche|
'Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions' provides managers of technical professionals with clear and tested strategies to improve communication and increase productivity among culturally diverse technical professionals, teams, and departments. Dr. Laroche outlines the differences in education and training, career expectations, communication styles, and management expectations in countries around the world. He explains cross-cultural concepts and presents his case for the importance of cross-cultural competence supported by hard data, including charts, tables, and readily accessible schematics. You'll benefit from the author's experience and expertise as a manager and consultant in this area, illustrated by numerous anecdotes, critical incidents, and mini case studies, centered around two central themes: * Most technical professionals do not recognize the impact of cultural differences in their work * Cross-cultural issues lead to a significant under-utilization of talent and affect productivity negatively 'Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions' offers proven tactics for improving your personal effectiveness and the efficiency of your multicultural teams, breaking the communication barrier in the multicultural workplace.
|Author||: Xenia Chryssochoou|
Cultural Diversity: Its Social Psychology shows how socialpsychology can contribute to contemporary debates about immigrationand multiculturalism. Shows how social psychology can contribute to contemporarydebates about immigration and cultural diversity. Helps readers to understand the processes that have shapedmodern societies and the diversity issues they are facing. Reviews research into the socio-psychological factorsfacilitating or hindering the emergence of plural societies. Focuses on intergroup relationships – what happens whenpeople migrate, how they adapt, and what changes are produced bytheir presence. The issues discussed are contextualised within the traditionalaccounts of the nation-state, European integration and NorthAmerican and Australian experiences. Student-friendly features include boxes, summaries, lists ofkey words, suggestions for further reading and a glossary.
|Author||: Ruth Mace,Clare J Holden,Stephen Shennan|
Virtually all aspects of human behavior show enormous variation both within and between cultural groups, including material culture, social organization and language. Thousands of distinct cultural groups exist: about 6,000 languages are spoken today, and it is thought that a far greater number of languages existed in the past but became extinct. Using a Darwinian approach, this book seeks to explain this rich cultural variation. There are a number of theoretical reasons to believe that cultural diversification might be tree-like, that is phylogenetic: material and non-material culture is clearly inherited by descendants, there is descent with modification, and languages appear to be hierarchically related. There are also a number of theoretical reasons to believe that cultural evolution is not tree-like: cultural inheritance is not Mendelian and can indeed be vertical, horizontal or oblique, evidence of borrowing abounds, cultures are not necessarily biological populations and can be transient and complex. Here, for the first time, this title tackles these questions of cultural evolution empirically and quantitatively, using a range of case studies from Africa, the Pacific, Europe, Asia and America. A range of powerful theoretical tools developed in evolutionary biology is used to test detailed hypotheses about historical patterns and adaptive functions in cultural evolution. Evidence is amassed from archaeological, linguist and cultural datasets, from both recent and historical or pre-historical time periods. A unifying theme is that the phylogenetic approach is a useful and powerful framework, both for describing the evolutionary history of these traits, and also for testing adaptive hypotheses about their evolution and co-evolution. Contributors include archaeologists, anthropologists, evolutionary biologists and linguists, and this book will be of great interest to all those involved in these areas.
|Author||: Lionel Laroche,Caroline Yang|
The Chinese characters for "danger" and "opportunity" form the word "crisis". Ancient Chinese wisdom sees an opportunity in danger. While cultural diversity brings challenges to the workplace, how do we turn these challenges into opportunities? Drawing on their extensive experience working with multicultural and multinational organizations, Lionel Laroche and Caroline Yang provide an in-depth analysis of cross-cultural dynamics in the workplace and offer practical suggestions at both the individual and organizational levels. The book analyzes cross-cultural challenges in six areas: the relative importance of technical and soft skills; cross-cultural communication; cross-cultural feedback; hierarchy; individualism; and risk tolerance. It then provides a solutions framework that encompasses people, systems and environment to bridge the issues that arise from cultural differences. The analysis and solutions are applied in four business contexts: managing a multicultural workforce; competing in the global talent market; collaborating with joint venture partners; and working with offshore resources. If you work with colleagues, managers, employees and customers from diverse cultures, if you are with an organization that has a multicultural workforce and/or global operations, or if your organization collaborates with joint venture partners or offshore resources from different cultures, then Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage is the book for you.
|Editor||: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.|
This collection considers how contemporary cultural and religious diversity challenges legal practice. Comparative in analysis, this study places particular cases in their widest context, taking into account international and transnational influences.
|Author||: Mr Stephen Tierney|
|Editor||: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.|
This volume explores recent developments in the theory and practice of accommodating cultural diversity within democratic constitutional orders. The aim of the book is to provide a broad vision of the constitutional management of cultural diversity as seen through the prisms of different disciplines and experiences, both theoretical and practical. The contributions, which come from Canada and Europe, comprise a review of the evolving theory of cultural diversity, followed by two main case studies: a substantive study of the accommodation of indigenous peoples within different constitutional orders and, secondly, the importance of constitutional interpretation to the development of cultural diversity in complex pluralist democracies such as Australia, Canada and the UK.
|Author||: Peter Nijkamp,Jacques Poot,Jessie Bakens|
|Editor||: Edward Elgar Publishing|
The populations of many countries in the world are becoming more culturally diverse. This spurs a growing need for an informed debate on the socio-economic implications of cultural diversity. This book offers a solid statistical and econometric perspec
|Author||: Marie Murray|
"You will have opportunities to get to know people who are very different from you." Culture and Diversity helps kids understand different cultures and build empathy. This children's book on diversity explains what culture is and how it influences our lives. By learning about traditions, values, and beliefs of people around them, children can build respect and open doors to understanding and friendship. "What other ways can you think of that would make people feel welcome, help you learn about their culture, and share your culture with them." A glossary and additional resources can be found at the back of the book.
|Author||: Maykel Verkuyten|
Identity and Cultural Diversity examines immigration and its effect on diversity from a social psychological perspective. Immigration increases cultural diversity and raises difficult questions of belonging, adaptation, and the unity of societies: questions of identity may be felt by people struggling with the basic problem of who they are and where they fit in, and although cultural diversity can enrich communities and societies it also sometimes leads to a new tribalism, which threatens democracy and social cohesion. The author Maykel Verkuyten considers how people give meaning to the fact that they belong to ethnic, racial, religious and national groups, and the implications this can have for social cohesion. The opening chapters consider the nature of social identity and group identification, and include discussions of identity development in adolescence, acculturation, and multiple and dual identities. Verkuyten then considers one of the most pernicious social problems: how conflict emerges from perceiving others as different. He examines when and why group distinctions grow into conflicts and considers the role of cultural diversity beliefs, such as multiculturalism and assimilation. The book concludes by exploring productive ways of managing cultural diversity. Written in an engaging style, Identity and Cultural Diversity will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of social and cultural psychology and other social sciences, and it also makes key themes in social psychology accessible to a wider audience outside academia.
Cultural Diversity Management in Organizations The Role of Psychological Variables in Diversity Initiatives
|Author||: Alena Romanenko|
|Editor||: Diplomica Verlag|
Changes in the demographic structure of the modern workforce and strategies for increasingly globalized business are resulting in a multitude of questions about cultural diversity and its management within organizations. "Cultural Diversity Management in Organizations" focuses on the status quo of empirical and theoretical research within the demesne of cultural diversity management, providing a topical insight into research in that field, describing the consequences of Diversity for organizations and the psychological variables targeted in cultural diversity management initiatives, and highlighting the possibility of influencing individual-level psychological variables to produce beneficial organizational outcomes.
|Author||: Setha Low,Dana Taplin,Suzanne Scheld|
|Editor||: University of Texas Press|
Annotation A study of five major urban parks, including New York's Prospect Park and Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park, that offers a blueprint for promoting and maintaining cultural diversity in parks around the world.
|Author||: Christian Reus-Smit|
|Editor||: Cambridge University Press|
Critically evaluates how international relations theories have conceived culture, and advances a new account of cultural diversity and international order.
|Author||: Taylor Cox|
|Editor||: Berrett-Koehler Publishers|
--Cultural Diversity in Organizations provides the most comprehensive base of knowledge yet assembled on the topic of cultural diversity. It captures the enormous complexity of the topic by examining diversity on three levels of analysis-individual, group, and organizational and addressing diversity from multiple perspectives-theory, research, and practice. Winner of the 1994 George R. Terry Book Award given by the National Academy of Management to "the book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowle
|Author||: Lilian Richieri Hanania|
The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) was adopted in 2005 and designed to allow States to protect and promote cultural policies. This book examines the effectiveness of the CDCE and offers ways by which its implementation may be improved to better attain its objectives. The book provides insight in how the normative character of the CDCE may be strengthened through implementation and increasingly recurrent practice based on its provisions. Hailing from various fields of international law, political and social sciences, the book’s contributors work to promote discussions on the practical and legal influence of the CDCE, and to identify opportunities and recommendations for a more effective application. Part One of the book assesses the effectiveness of the CDCE in influencing other areas of international law and the work conducted by other intergovernmental organizations through the recognition of the double nature (cultural and economic) of cultural goods and services. Part Two focuses on the practice of the CDCE beyond the recognition of the specificity of cultural goods and services in international law by addressing the CDCE’s call for greater international cooperation and stronger integration of cultural concerns in development strategies at the national and regional levels. The book will be of great use and interest to academics and practitioners in law, social and political sciences, agents of governmental and international organizations, and cultural sector stakeholders.
|Author||: Penny Borkett|
Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education reveals how cultural diversity can be celebrated in every early years setting. Acknowledging the impact of culture on a child’s development and identity, the book demonstrates the need for practitioners to appreciate cultural difference, value diversity and ensure inclusive practices. Alongside comprehensive discussion of current and historical policy relating to multiculturalism and relevant sociocultural theory, the book provides practical guidance and resources to support practitioners in responding to the challenges of working with families and children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Chapters focus on topics such as: policy and the role of the practitioner sociocultural theories relating to child development building working relationships with families the impact of culture on a child's identity enabling environments and inclusive strategies. Including case studies, reflective questions and suggestions for further reading and research, this essential book will help early years practitioners and students to embrace the varied cultural heritages of the children in their care.
|Author||: Stephen Tierney|
|Editor||: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.|
This volume explores recent developments in the theory and practice of accommodating cultural diversity within democratic constitutional orders. It provides a broad vision of the constitutional management of cultural diversity as seen through the prisms of different disciplines and experiences, both theoretical and practical.
|Author||: Joseph L. Soeters,Jan Van der Meulen|
This volume explores ethnicity and gender developments in relation to the military. In some countries, the armed forces have a long history in responding to ethnic diversity, while elsewhere it has come up only recently as a policy issue. An even-handed representation of ethnic minorities in the military is recognized as crucial for enhancing its social legitimacy and professional quality. The same can be said about the integration of women in the military, which during a few decades across the board has grown into more than just another issue of personnel policies. Indeed with regard to gender, the symbolism and sensitivities surrounding core identities are at stake – as with the presence of gays and lesbians in the military. Written by experts in the field, the chapters cover fourteen countries around the world: the USA, Canada, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, South-Africa, Eritrea, India, Israel, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Taken together, the armed forces of these countries offer a fascinating mix of similarities and differences in the ways they try to manage cultural diversity. Cultural Diversity in the Armed Forces will be of interest to students and scholars of military studies, sociology, gender and political science.
|Author||: Jawad Syed,Mustafa F. Èzbilgin|
|Editor||: Edward Elgar Publishing|
This Companion provides an authoritative overview of how cultural diversity is managed in Asia. Although the Asian context appears at first sight to be irreconcilably divergent in terms of diversity management approaches, the contributing authors seek to explore thematic and geographical demarcations of the notions of cultural diversity and equality at work. Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia not only examines cultural diversity management in a particular geography but also makes a distinct contribution to the wider theory of managing diversity and equality by revealing the significance of context, time and place in framing policies and practices of management. With empirical and conceptual contributions from eminent scholars from across the Asian continent as well as the Asian diaspora, this volume highlights practices of equality and diversity management in settings across Asia and reveals the key drivers and implications of such practices. This important and path-breaking Companion will be an invaluable resource for both undergraduate and research-based postgraduate students on international and comparative human resource management, employment relations and industrial relations courses.
|Author||: Mary Lebreck Kelley,Virginia Macken Fitzsimons|
|Editor||: Jones & Bartlett Learning|
The authors seek to uncover the cultural and philosophical underpinnings of the teaching-learning experience and the dynamics of curricular responses to changes within our society. They recognize the central role of faculty in delivering instruction in ways that are most understandable to culturally, gender-, and age-mixed groups of students. Faculty members must strive to understand and implement teaching styles and techniques that will best provide their students with a rich and challenging education.
|Author||: Torsten M. Kühlmann,Ramona Heinz|
|Editor||: Springer Gabler|
Torsten M. Kühlmann and Ramona Heinz developed this guideline in reference to a European project designed to analyze the overall situation of skilled immigrants. They show that the management of a workforce which is comprised of people from diverse cultural backgrounds is a challenge for small and medium-sized companies. In particular, the challenge is not only to find but also to integrate and retain immigrant workers and to use their potential to a full extent. This guideline has been developed in order to meet these challenges. It has a special focus on small to medium-sized organizations and sets out to give an introduction to the topic of “managing cultural diversity” and “integrating highly skilled immigrants.”