This is how it all comes back together

Our blog deals with Diversity Management which is defined by Cox (1993) “as creating a climate in which the potential advantages of diversity for organizational or group performance are maximized while the potential disadvantages are minimized”. Diversity itself is defined by him as “a mix of people of different socially relevant group identities working or … Continue reading

Why should employers think about hiring or keeping older employees?

Well, first of all, as already mentioned in one of my earlier posts, demographic change forces them to. It is omnipresent in Germany as well as other industrialized countries and will create a lack of young qualified employees soon. But employers should also consider older employees because they have their advantages. “Experience is one of the … Continue reading

What’s Your Personal Identity Management Strategy?

US Army laid off 14.000 gay soldiers in the last 17 years. A country which we used to call cutting-edge in terms of Diversity Management. End of December last year, Obama kept one of his promises and signed a bill which is supposed to break the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” moral. The issue about whether … Continue reading

Monocultural Management For A Multicultural Workforce?

Noticing my iPod battery was low again and therefore being caught in the daily crossfire of opinion leaders in the Berlin underground made me think of the actual immigration debate we are facing (just to mention Mr Sarrazins latest publication, see also posts by Saiid and Thomas) and the correlation to our blog topic. So … Continue reading

Another dimension: Age

So far, many posts in this blog were about women in leading positions, career obstacles and work-life balance. All of these topics belong to the gender aspect of diversity. Today I want to introduce another dimension: age. The demographic change and therefore aging society in Germany will be a strategic challenge for managers. They will … Continue reading

Female Immigrants taking Mr. Sarrazin’s Spot!

I am very grateful to Saiid that he brought up the discussion about our ‘immigration problem’ in Germany, see his post. Being fully aware that this is somewhat out of our topic I find it nonetheless worth considering in more detail. It fits in our blog because it also raises the question about equal opportunities … Continue reading

Sarrazin=Double Negative?

With his book “Germany Does Away With Itself” , Thilo Sarrazin ruffled more than a few feathers this year. He argues that, Germany would be better off with stricter immigration policies (except for the highly trained) and reduced state welfare benefits. He states, that Turkish and Arab are less willing or in some extreme cases … Continue reading

Feel free to say the F…-word!

A couple of days ago I was sitting in my kitchen talking about the recent feminism debate between “Germany’s Top Feminist” Alice Schwarzer and Kristina Schröder of the Ministry for Family, seniors, women and youth (BMFSFJ). The most interesting thing was dropped by a friend of my flatmate. In the end of our discussion she … Continue reading

Women determine their own fate!

First of all, thanks to everyone for the very wide spread and somewhat ‘heated’ discussion we have in our blog now. However, refering to the interview of Mrs. Schröder I would like to pick up on one of her statements: “Many Women like to study German phiology and human science, man on the other hand … Continue reading

Obstacle Course vs Labyrinth

Have you ever looked at something for an extended period of time and always just seen the same thing. Then someone comes along and says, “Hey thats a pretty young girl.” You then suddenly see the other side, another perspective, or in this case person. Well this blog had been driving my thoughts in one … Continue reading