As a species, we are social beings who live out our lives in the company of other humans. We organize ourselves into various kinds of social groupings, such as nomadic bands, villages, cities, and countries, in which we work, trade, play, reproduce, and interact in many other ways. Unlike other species, we combine socialization with deliberate changes in social behavior and organization over time. Consequently, the patterns of human society differ from place to place and era to era and across cultures, making the social world a very complex and dynamic environment.
The Positive Influence of Cultural Diversity in Organizational Behavior
Diversity leads to greater social coherence and well-being | ScienceNordic
Culture refers to values, beliefs, and customs that exist in a society. In addition, the world of work is becoming increasingly international. The world is going through a transformation in which China, India, and Brazil are emerging as major players in world economics. Companies are realizing that doing international business provides access to raw materials, resources, and a wider customer base. International companies are also becoming major players within the United States.
Managing Diversity in the Workplace
Organizational culture can be defined as the group norms, values, beliefs and assumptions practiced in an organization. It brings stability and control within the firm. The organization is more stable and its objective can be understood more clearly. Organizational culture helps the group members to resolve their differences, overcome the barriers and also helps them in tackling risks.
Can diversity be a source of team prosperity at work, or does it just lead to conflict? Do new colleagues from the other side of the world induce new social dynamics and provide a fresh way of looking at things? Or do cultural differences drive a wedge between the team? Recent research into team diversity has led to conflicting results.