Diversity in Organizations

New Perspectives for a Changing Workplace

Martin M Chemers,

Diversity in Organizations: New Perspectives for a Changing Workplace
Signaling the changing demography of the workforce, the largestpercentage of new workers in the coming decades will beindividualsoften labeled as "nontraditional" employees. This new diversitypresents both challenges and opportunities to individuals and totheorganizations of which they are a part. Benefits include abroadertalent pool and the opportunity for individuals to more fullydeveloptheir potential. At the same time, however, new perspectives oncreativity, innovation, and performance can be perceived asintrusiveand lead to tension, misunderstanding, and even hostilitybetween oldand new, creating problems of coordination and cohesion fordiverseorganizations. The editors of Diversity in Organizations gatherforces to work out the difficulties generated by diversity andreapthe rewards. Applying varied perspectives and approaches--suchasanalysis of individual psychology, dyadic interactions, smallgroupdynamics, and organizational outcomes--the contributors providescholarly coverage of a topic that is both contemporary andforesightful.The current interest in diversity in organizations makes thisbook aboon to scholars and students in a variety of fields, includingpsychology, social psychology, management and organizationstudies,sociology, social work, cross-cultural studies, and publicadministration, as well as to interested readers who seek adeeperunderstanding of the problems and promise inherent in diverseorganizations.

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