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No one in this country is untouched by the impact of diversity. Yet, as diverse as diversity is, are too the many different emotions and attitudes evoked by diversity. As a nation, we are not well equipped to deal with the swirling transitions that are converging on us on a daily basis because of the nature of being the most diverse country in the world.This text will well serve the purpose for many who decide to learn and teach the fundamentals of cultural diversity. It will be beneficial for college students, high school juniors and seniors, and organizations whose ever-changing workforce leads to the necessity of educating employees on how to deal with the diversity of employees and customers in a positive manner. This timely publication is filled with current and relevant examples taken from pop culture: from TV shows, song lyrics, and poetry of the times. These excerpts make this publication much more interesting and easy for the reader to relate to and understand.

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Genre: Education
Author: Dr. Leo Parvis
Publisher: Lulu.com
Release: 2013-07
File: 206 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781411658424

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'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.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Lionel Laroche
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2012-06-25
File: 236 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781136385193

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Co-published with UNESCO A product of the UNESCO-IHP project on Water and Cultural Diversity, this book represents an effort to examine the complex role water plays as a force in sustaining, maintaining, and threatening the viability of culturally diverse peoples. It is argued that water is a fundamental human need, a human right, and a core sustaining element in biodiversity and cultural diversity. The core concepts utilized in this book draw upon a larger trend in sustainability science, a recognition of the synergism and analytical potential in utilizing a coupled biological and social systems analysis, as the functioning viability of nature is both sustained and threatened by humans.

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Genre: Science
Author: Barbara Rose Johnston
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2011-12-21
File: 560 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789400717732

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"...provides a useful framework for managers to recognize cultural differences, and it outlines strategies for addressing issues related to diversity and conflict. The book's real value lies in its comprehensive approach, which prompts the reader to search further for a greater understanding of the issues." Security Management

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: George Henderson
Publisher: Praeger
Release: 1994
File: 268 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015032579453

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This volume tackles questions of cultural evolution empirically and quantitatively, using a range of case studies from Africa, the Pacific, Europe, Asia and America. Powerful theoretical tools developed in evolutionary biology are used to test detailed hypotheses about historical patterns and adaptive functions in cultural evolution.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Ruth Mace
Publisher: Left Coast Press
Release: 2005-05-31
File: 291 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781598742169

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This collection of readings provides the reader with a basic introduction to the topic and concepts of cultural diversity as it has come to characterize the culture of the United States. Particular attention is given to the practice of racial, ethnic, and special interest group characterizations. No other book is as complete in its coverage of the diverse cultural groupings that make up the American culture. This unique work serves as a first step in beginning the quest for greater understanding and appreciation of diversity.

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Genre: History
Author: Larry L. Naylor
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 1997
File: 380 Pages
ISBN-13: 0897894782

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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.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Xenia Chryssochoou
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Release: 2004-01-16
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 0631231226

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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.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Lionel Laroche
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-01-21
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781135119386

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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.

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Genre: Law
Author: Mr Stephen Tierney
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Release: 2013-01-28
File: 250 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781409493495

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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.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Joseph L. Soeters
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2007-01-24
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781134164967

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