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Workforce Diversity: Gaining the Competitive Advantage

Workforce Diversity: Gaining the Competitive Advantage
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Author(s): Kuda Mupepi (S. James School of Medicine, USA), Tatenda Mupepi (S. James School of Medicine, USA) and Clara Mupepi (Grand Valley State University, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 16
Source title: Research Anthology on Changing Dynamics of Diversity and Safety in the Workforce
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-2405-6.ch007

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Abstract

The growing acceptance of marrying across racial and ethnic lines (as reflected in US census statistics) together with the growth of demographic changes across workplaces is fueling fears among some who see their culture being threatened and react by engaging in overt discrimination. One concern regards employers having access to databases containing talented individuals who are ready to work. Their choices hinge on the abilities required to further their enterprise. Paradoxically, a business's culture's greatest strength could be its greatest weakness when not consistent with sound business strategies. Moreover, when such a culture prevents a firm from meeting competitive threats, this can lead to the firm's stagnation and ultimate demise. Diversity has never been thought of as a strategy until now. This chapter explores workforce diversity.

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