Young Professionals Caught in Internships – We need Immigrants!

We have had several discussions about insufficent resources when it comes to employees. It turned out that due to demographic change, Germany needs more old people. (See Katrins post Why should employers think about hiring or keeping older employees?) But obviously, Germany also needs more young people – due to the shortage of skilled labour, … Continue reading

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

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

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

A little more confidence, please!

Browsing Spiegel Online this morning, I was amazed! “I am sharply opposing a women’s quota” says Katrin Poleschner in her speech against Horst Seehofer (CSU chairman). 26 years old, vice president of Junge Union, the youth organization of CDU and CSU, and not a bit afraid to show the ‘veteran team’ how the wind blows. … Continue reading