DIMENSIONS OF DIVERSITY MODELS: A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE

David Ferdinand, Ursula Daene, Yvonne Yolin

Abstract


Research undertaken up to the present day provides only modest support to the proposal, that workforce diversity per se brings business benefits with it. Therefore, this idea remains open to debate and further research. Whether diversity pays off or not depends on environmental factors, internal or external to the firm. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity in each individual. The review paper examines the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physcial abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies. It explores these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. The review ends with an overview of the prospects of diversity management for the future growth of these multinational.


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