There are two main questions to analyze. Use the concepts reviewed in the first part of the class to answer the questions, i.e., management theories, controlling strategies, management of teams among other definitions, or include thoughts from any work experience you may have.
Please pay special attention to the format of your report. Make sure that it is not just the body with your answers. Include information relevant to your document that makes it easy to review. For example, do not forget to put a main title, your name, date the document is submitted, numbered pages, and any other relevant information. For example, numbered pages would help making reference to an idea you wrote. Also, please use the APA format for any citation you make to support your answers or comments. There is no minimum nor maximum answer length as long as you feel you got all covered. I will grade the way you organize your paper.
For your answers, use examples of the cases mentioned in the Groysberg & Connolly article (2013), uploaded in Blackboard, and make reference to them.
Groysberg, B. & Connolly, K. (2013, September). Twenty-four CEOs on creating diverse and inclusive organizations. Harvard Business Review, 69-76.
Extra bonus point questions for Exam 1
- Diversity (15 points).
Today, more than ever, a company’s workforce develops in a multi-diverse environment. This is done in the aim of getting competitive advantage over other companies in terms of differentiation or innovation. (a) How will you define diversity at work? (b) What are the benefits and challenges of diversity in a work setting? (c) How do you manage diversity in the workplace in terms of communication, teamwork, beliefs? (d) What kind of management (example: bureaucratic, administrative, human resources, others) do you recommend for a company that is predominantly diverse like those that have factories in one country and representative offices in another, and why? (e) What kind of controlling management could be mostly exercised when there is a multicultural workplace?
- Minorities (15 points).
Companies try to balance diversity in staff but it is frequent to have some minorities and some managers belong to these groups. (a) What is your concept of minority? (b) In your opinion, what challenges or obstacles face managers of this kind? (c) Do you believe they could sometimes play favoritism towards individuals of the same minority? (d) Being part of a minority, sometimes the environment could become extremely competitive. How could a manager succeed in an environment like this? (e) Do you think a manager of a minority should use different strategies than a non-minority manager, to keep workers engaged with the company?