Unit 1 Assignment

Unit 1 Announcement – Diversity in Perspective_x000D_
The term diversity has about as many definitions as there are people that use the term. For the purpose of this course, we will use the textbook’s definition. Diversity is defined as actual or perceived differences among people in areas including race, ethnicity, sex, age, and other identity-based characteristics that impact their relationships and interactions (Bell, 2017). The term is often used to describe our differences rather than how we are similar. How, then, are diversity and discrimination so often used in the same sentence? Organizations talk about diversity training or cultural sensitivity training. Employees are mandated to attend these trainings on their differences in order to be considered all the same. Is this irony? The next several units will take a more in-depth look at this issue from different perspectives._x000D_
If we are to look at the historical perspective of diversity, we really should consider the bigger picture as has been laid out in this lesson. Diversity in society and in organizations is a pressing concern today just as it has been for the last 50-plus years and as it likely will be for the next 50-plus years. If we are to change, the process starts with us today in this course. Let’s begin._x000D_
Bell, M. P. (2017). Diversity in organizations (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.._x000D_
Learning Outcomes in this unit:_x000D_
Summarize how changes in the demographic makeup of the U.S. population affect fair treatment of people with different ethnicities._x000D_
Distinguish which cultures and demographics make up society in the United States._x000D_
Diagnose the challenges of one dynamic culture group working in both an onsite and remote environment with two other diverse cultural groups._x000D_
Examine workplace diversity data._x000D_
Identify demographic data in the workplace._x000D_
Explore the differences in culture, perspective, and experience._x000D_
Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions._x000D_
Final Project Information_x000D_
Throughout this course, you will complete assignments that lead up to a final project. The project, titled “Consultant to the Client Organization,” is based on a scenario presented below. It may be helpful to refer back to this scenario as you complete each assignment._x000D_
Consultant to the Client Organization_x000D_
Fig Technologies is a global technology solutions firm with offices around the globe. Fig Technologies’ corporate headquarters is just outside Mobile, Alabama. Fig recently acquired several smaller firms in different regions to expand its products and service lines. Assimilating the processes, systems, and human capital has presented a significant challenge. The leadership has chosen to bring in an outside firm to address concerns. You are the consultant from that firm, The Solution Group._x000D_
In each of the assignments in this course, you will be given a scenario to address the concern that is presented. You will be expected to develop assessment, analysis, and research in order to support your proposed solution. Often, you will be asked to present the top three solutions for the concern and support your answer. Use of course materials (textbook and required readings) and external credible materials is strongly encouraged. The scenario is not intended to have a set answer but to develop critical thinking on what can often be very emotional and opinion-based topics. Consider carefully your position and how you will support the proposed solutions._x000D_
Grading will not require simply meeting format standards and word count. It will require substantive content, research, and critical thinking. Each assignment will be a section of a comprehensive report that will be submitted to the Fig Technologies Executive Leadership Council (ELC) in written form in Unit VII. The presentation will be made in Unit VIII. Consider as you work on each assignment how it will fit into the final report that will be sent to the ELC for review. The final report will include recommendations for continued improvement regarding managing diversity in the organization._x000D_
The project serves as an opportunity to stretch your thinking and your organizational skills whether you are a business or human resources major. Working in an organization or being contracted to an organization will require this type of thinking from you as to how you will handle diversity issues within an organization. The project and the course will allow you to build a solid foundation to build upon while also enriching your resource library on the topic for future business world opportunities._x000D_
Click here to download a copy of these instructions for the project scenario._x000D_
Fair Treatment of Ethnicities_x000D_
The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) has authorized The Solution Group, (the company you work for) to assess assimilation of recent transfers into the workplace environment in the newly opened IT division of Fig Technologies in Tyler, Texas. The Tyler IT division was aligned with its counterparts in Qatar and Germany. In an effort to assimilate the newly formed virtual teams, a contingent from each of the three offices went to the other offices for a two-month immersion. The purpose of the short-term exchange was to learn culture, process, and systems. Some hostilities have been reported in all three offices by team members as to difficulties with the visiting team members. The ELC wants more information._x000D_
Your objective is to determine how to assess the assimilation progress of workers to different people and cultures. Is there acceptance? What are possible roadblocks and obstacles (e.g., language, common terminology, customs, and work ethics). As a consultant, how would you complete this assessment and report results?_x000D_
Your assignment instructions are as follows:_x000D_
Introduce the composition of the three 10-member teams in each of the sites. You do not need names, though you should develop an ethnically diverse team of locals and visitors from the other respective worksites and national cultures. Explore the differences in culture, perspective, and experience of your team. Include whether the work culture in these countries is individualistic or collective. This section should be 200 words, approximately half of a page. _x000D_
Develop a short assessment tool in order to measure assimilation. Tools may include one of the following: a survey (no more than 10 questions), an interview (no more than 10 questions), or natural observation (approximately half of a page, including a copy of the assessment tool questions). The CSU Online Library is a great place to find information about research questions._x000D_
Assessment and results: Develop a one and a half-page summary of your assessment results and how you determined these results based on the answers. The results must address the challenges of these three dynamic cultures and perspectives working together in a live, onsite, and remote environment. Also, identify the demographic data and cultures that make up the organization and how these relate to the U.S. population. Show how you will analyze and use this data in your assessment._x000D_
Present your three approaches for improving assimilation onsite. Support your approaches. This section should be approximately half of a page._x000D_
Your completed homework assignment should be three to four pages in length, not counting your references page. No title page is required. The report will require you, as the hired consultant, to review briefly the cultures in play in this scenario. What would be challenges these teams might face? Work ethics, religions, systems, cognitive processes, and cultural dynamics are all factors._x000D_
Important: The homework assignments in each unit will build upon each other to create the entire project. The assignments are deliberately general for you (the consultant) to have a little fun as well as possibly apply the homework assignment to a situation you face or are likely to face in your chosen career field. These assignments will also allow you to apply practical knowledge for continuous improvement in your field._x000D_
You are required to use at least two outside sources for this assignment—one of which may be the textbook. You are encouraged to use the CSU Online Library. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations. All references and citations used must be in APA style. _x000D_

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