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Diversity, Negotiation, Ethics and Motivation: How can diversity initiatives benefit a company?

1. How can diversity initiatives benefit a company?

2. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of alternative work arrangements?

3. Assume you are the plant manager for a company that manufactures tires for cars and light trucks. To compete more economically in the global market, the company is seriously considering closing the plant within the next year and moving manufacturing operations to Southeast Asia. Upon hearing about the possible plant closing, the union votes to launch a strike in one week if its demands for job security are not met. Because of a recent surge in orders, the company is not in a position to close the plant yet. What are your options as you continue to negotiate with union representatives? What legal and ethical issues do you need to consider? Which option would you choose and why?

4. How do self-directed work teams relate to Maslow's hierarchy and Herzberg's theory of motivation?

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the benefits and disadvantages of diversity initiatives (alternative work arrangements). Then, in reference to the scenario, the options are explored for the person who continues to negotiate with union representatives, as well as the legal and ethical issues the persons needs to consider and the option s/he might choose and why. It also highlights how self-directed work teams relate to Maslow's hierarchy and Herzberg's theory of motivation.

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