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    Some notes and a very solid foundation regarding these areas are given:

    ?History of Disney
    ?Organizational Diversity. What is Diversity? Importance?
    ?Diversity at Disney

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    1. History of the Walt Disney Company

    See the two attached resources. The Chronology of Disney is comprehensive date by date history of the company.

    The second resource is from the Walt Disney website, which includes all the necessary information as well.

    2. Organizational Diversity. What is Diversity? Importance?

    Historically, diversity in the workplace has been recognized as an employment equity issue. Now, however, diversity in the workplace is being recognized as a benefit that will contribute to an organization's bottom line. Increased employee and customer satisfaction end up as increased productivity, all of which are measurable outcomes. Diversity goes beyond employment equity to nurturing an environment that values the differences and maximizes the potential of all employees, one that stimulates employee creativity and innovativeness. To create an organizational culture that supports workforce diversity involves several important elements. These elements include a needs analysis, administrative and management support and commitment, education and training, culture and management systems changes and continuous follow-up and evaluation (http://www.carnegiestl.com/training/power_diversity/index.php3).

    There is no consensus on a definition of diversity even though it is considered extremely important, as is managing diversity within the organization.

    Definitions to consider are:

    (1) "Organizational diversity is managing the full contributions of people with different identities into the social, structural, and power relationships of an organization or institution" (http://www.allacademic.com//meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/0/1/5/2/2/pages15223/p15223-2.php).

    (2) "Workplace 'diversity' encompasses a broad range of human qualities. These qualities include, but are not limited to, age, education level, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, geographic origin, job classification, mental or physical disability, national origin, political belief, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and work experience" ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution provides a brief description of a flat organization and then discusses and provides a very solid foundation regarding the history of Disney, organizational diversity, defining diversity, as well as the importance of diversity. Supplemented with two articles on Disney for further expansion.