Managing a Diverse Workforce: Learning Activities

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SAGE, Apr 29, 2004 - Business & Economics - 170 pages
This text provides a complete and comprehensive set of learning activities that address issues related to workplace diversity. Participation in these exercises leads to a greater appreciation of the wide range of issues that arise when people classify themselves or are classified by others as members of different groups, on whatever basis. Over half of the 30 learning activities are new to this second edition. Learning activities have several noteworthy features They explore the impact of diversity on the basis of numerous personal characteristics, including gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, national culture, religion, socioeconomic status, education, appearance, weight, marital status, and parental status. They address pre-organizational and organizational entry issues as well as issues that arise in the workplace. They examine issues pertaining to individuals' work and personal lives and to society as a whole. They consider what it is like to manage, be managed by, and work with diverse others as peers. They offer powerful learning experiences that involve individuals, groups, and entire classes or training programs. They offer different types of learning experiences, including diagnostic instruments, role plays, and simulations. They draw upon many types of work settings, including both business and not-for-profit organizations. Guidance for instructors on how to conduct the various activities, including masters for handouts, is provided in a separate instructor's manual. This textbook is intended for use in both academic courses and corporate training programs on managing diversity and provides background information and instructions for participants for each learning activity.

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Gary N. Powell, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, and Distinguished Scholar at Lancaster University Management School in Lancaster, UK. He is author of Women and Men in Management (5th ed.), Making Work and Family Work: From Hard Choices to Smart Choices, and Managing a Diverse Workforce: Learning Activities (3rd ed.), and the editor of Handbook of Gender and Work. He is an internationally recognized scholar and educator on gender, diversity, and work-family issues in the workplace. His graduate course on women and men in management won an award on innovation in education from the Committee on Equal Opportunity for Women of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He has received the University of Connecticut President’s Award for Promoting Multiculturalism. He is also the recipient of the Ellen Galinsky Generative Research Award from the Work and Family Researchers Network.

He has served as Chair of the Women in Management (now Gender and Diversity in Organizations) Division of the Academy of Management and received both the Janet Chusmir Service Award for his contributions to the division and the Sage Scholarship Award for his contributions to research on gender in organizations. He has published over 120 articles in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Human Relations; contributed over 25 chapters to edited volumes; and presented over 160 papers at professional conferences. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and Eastern Academy of Management. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management and as President of the Eastern Academy of Management. He has served on the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, and Academy of Management Executive, and as Editor of a Special Issue of Academy of Management Review on work-life theory.

Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, he worked at General Electric, graduating from its Manufacturing Management Program. At GE, he designed and implemented automated project scheduling systems as well as systems for inventory control, materials procurement, and so on. He has provided management training and development for many companies, including Webster Financial Corp., The Hartford Financial Services Group, The Implementation Partners (TIP), GE-Capital, General Signal, Apple Computer, Monroe Auto Equipment, AllState, and CIGNA, and has conducted numerous other workshops.

He holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and a master’s degree in management science from the University of Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s degree in management from MIT.

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