miércoles, 18 de mayo de 2011

Organizational Diversity

First of all, in this case we need to clarify the difference between a group and a team; Group, is two or more people with common interests, objectives, and continuing interaction, and a Team, A group of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common
mission, performance goals, and approach for which they
hold themselves mutually accountable. If we see, one is based on the other one, we can't have a team if we don't have a group already.

There are several types of a member of a group, and everyone has an specific function on the group:

  • Contributor: is one that supplies information
  • Collaborator: is that person that focuses team on mission
  • Communicator: listens, facilitates and promotes collective effort
  • Challenger: devil’s advocate, questions mission, purpose, ethics
It is very important for the group health, that all the members were diversity. If it is not, theres no way that it will be differents points of view. But, at the same time, it could be a problem on solving problems, because its probably that it will be lower than the others. 


Since diversity is a source of competitive advantage,
what could be the recruitment strategies to effectively
target to diverse groups? What would be the
consequences of ignoring diversity?
Diversity, is a great advantage that an organization has, and if we are the competition, it will be a huge monster one step ahead of the organization. An strategy could be an effective solving problems team, when the time of solving will be lower and we are being more competitive than the other companies. 
Ignoring diversity, is one of the most huge mistakes that an organization should never do. Because, when a company has this advantage, has a saveral points of view, and the probabilities that their strategies fail are less than the other companies.


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