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    Given PM Company's human resource diversity policy and its expectation that global sales will grow significantly in the future, how should you, as the Vice-President of International Sales, plan to manage the diverse team of managers that will be working for you? You've become familiar with Hofstede's cultural dimensions; how might they influence management decisions? Bring this up the next time you meet with the other VPs at PM Company.

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    To address diversity issues, consider these questions: what policies, practices, and ways of thinking and within our organizational culture have differential impact on different groups? What organizational changes should be made to meet the needs of a diverse workforce as well as to maximize the potential of all workers, so that organization can be well positioned for the demands of the 21st century?

    Role of VP

    You have a key role in transforming the organizational culture so that it more closely reflects the values of our diverse workforce. Some of the skills needed are:

    * an understanding and acceptance of managing diversity concepts
    * Recognition that diversity is threaded through every aspect of management
    * Self-awareness, in terms of understanding your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, and stereotypes
    * Willingness to challenge and change institutional practices that present barriers to different groups
    It's natural to want a cookbook approach to diversity issues so that one knows exactly what to do. Unfortunately, given the many dimensions of diversity, there is no easy recipe to follow. Advice and strategies given for one situation may not work given the same situation in another context.

    Managing diversity means acknowledging people's differences and recognizing these differences as valuable; it enhances good management practices by preventing discrimination and promoting inclusiveness. Good management alone will not necessarily help you work effectively with a diverse workforce. It is often difficult to see what part diversity plays in a specific area of management.

    To illustrate, the following example show how diversity is an integral part of management. The example ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution looks at how to address diversity issues and explains the roles and responsibilities for the role of Vice President in managing a cultural diverse team. It proposes key strategies in acknowledging cultural dimensions and talks about the consequences of ignoring diversity with real-life examples. All references used are included.