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Managing a Diverse Workforce

Experiential activities help students understand workplace diversity

This book shows readers how to create an inclusive work environment and culture that can value and leverage the contributions of all members, regardless of personal characteristics that are not pertinent to the job. To achieve this, the book provides a comprehensive set of learning activities that address issues related to workplace diversity.  

Drawing on a variety of work settings, including both business and not-for-profit organizations, Managing a Diverse Workforce, Third Edition will be an invaluable asset for human resource development courses in departments of management, public administration, and human services. It is a perfect companion to core texts on workforce diversity, including Gary Powell's Women and Men in Management, Fourth Edition (SAGE).

Introduction/Dimensions of Diversity
1. Your Pie Chart
2. People Like Us
Working with People in the Majority Group
3. Becoming a Minority
Working with People from a Different National Culture
4. Would You Repeat That?
Being Socialized
5. Gender-Based Perceptions
6. Once Upon a Time
Making Employment Decisions
7. Consulting Analyst Wanted
8. Who Gets Hired?
Working in Diverse Teams
9. The Prison “Break”
Promoting Positive Race Relations
10. Beyond O. J.
Leading People
11. Designer Decorations
Dealing with Sexuality in the Workplace
12. Dealing With Sexually Oriented Behavior
13. Mixing Sex and Work
Managing the Work-Family Interface
14. Have I Got Good News for Us!
15. Managing From a Distance
Pursuing a Career
16. Networking Role Play
Working as a Non-Family Member in a Family Firm
17. We Are Family
Working with People with Disabilities
18. Puzzled Perceptions
19. Sara’s Acting Strange Lately
Working with People of a Different Age
20. The Older Employee
21. The College Graduate
Promoting Nondiscrimination
22. Diversity Incidents
Promoting Diversity
23. Affirmative Action at Ole State
Promoting Inclusion
24. The Inclusive Workplace

This workbook of exercises is a nice supplement to the corresponding Powell text.

Professor Shelle Poole
Sociology Dept, Boise State University
October 27, 2012

Love that is it up to date current research. It replaced my prior Powell text for the same course

Professor Shelle Poole
Sociology Dept, Boise State University
October 27, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • The impact of diversity is explored in terms of numerous personal characteristics: Issues are examined in relation to individuals' work and personal lives and to society as a whole
  • Offers powerful learning experiences that can be used with individuals, groups, and entire classes: A variety of activities is provided, including diagnostic instruments, role plays, and simulations
  • New activities in the Third Edition focus on issues related to cultural differences, telecommuting, networking, family firms, college graduates, and the challenges facing former prison inmates in gaining employment
  • An Instructor Teaching Site at includes PowerPoint® slides, teaching notes, and masters for the handouts

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