Chapter 2. What Is Global Diversity?

Over the last forty years, the word "diversity" has become part of the language and management of North American firms and increasingly of European-headquartered corporations as well. However, the rise in globalization requires us to expand our vision of what "diversity" means in the workplace.

When used to address this new business reality, the term "global diversity" does not yet have a broadly shared or universally understood meaning. For some it denotes race and gender, for others it means accepting all things "that make us different," and for others it means ethnicity and culture.

Often, those varying interpretations stem from the user's national context, political agenda, dominant culture, or minority ...

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