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Key Issues of Corporate Management

The business sections of big dailies, management magazines, and numerous conferences are frequently covering issues that hold severe implications for the future of corporations. Some of these issues will turn out to be just a flavour-of-the-month, others present ongoing challenges for which new solutions will be developed on a continual basis. A number of key issues appear to be closely linked with Diversity, and this linkage provides an easy access point to discovering Diversity:

Internationalisation, Organisational Change, Inter-company Relations, Shareholder Value, Competitive Pressure, Ethics & Transparency

Internationalisation

Issues and Activities

  • In the light of European Integration, Eastern enlargement and globalisation, leveraging cultural Diversity in the work place and in the market place
  • Cross-border structures and co-operation
  • Co-operation with competitors and business partners from other organisational cultures
  • Acknowledging different mentalities and cultures when communicating internally and externally

Our Approaches and Value-Added

  • Background information on countries or regions
  • Diversity country profiles on the basis of Core Dimensions (e.g. age structure, men and women in management, specification of ethnic minorities or migrant groups)
  • Revealing existing diversity inside and outside of an organisation through qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Creating a sound understanding of different levels of Diversity and their inter-dependencies

Organisational Change

Issues and Activities

  • Effective co-operation of new colleagues (e.g. regarding education and experience, ways of thinking or working, communication or leadership styles)
  • Smooth implementation of new processes, reporting lines or work content
  • Actively valuing different people and creating an openness for change
  • Leveraging change by utilising the full potential of all individuals involved

Our Approaches and Value-Added

  • Raising awareness of similarities and differences through exercises and models
  • Communicating existing differences and related opportunities through posters, flyers, the Intranet, employee magazines etc.
  • Awareness workshops to actively discover colleagues (and Diversity), and to expand the appreciation for others
  • Workshops on stereotypes and prejudices, and related in-group/out-group dynamics

Inter-Company Relations

Issues and Activities

  • Utilising different corporate cultures in strategic alliances, just-in-time solutions, outsourcing or other networking activities
  • Successful cooperating in mergers and acquisitions by leveraging the differences of the parties involved, their contributions and strengths

Our Approaches and Value-Added

  • Analysis of corporate cultures and mutual perceptions
  • Workshops Get together Organisational Cultures Meet
  • Preparing co-operation with regard to dignity and respect, as well as the value of differences through information and experience
  • Raising awareness for mutual benefits from Diversity and inter-company relations
  • Analysis of learning processes, and utilisation of blended learning

Shareholder Value

Issues and Activities

  • Optimising productivity through the conscious utilisation of all existing potential of all employees especially in difficult economic times when resources are scarce
  • Corresponding activities regarding market and customer potential
  • Increased ratings
  • Improved image on financial markets (Investor Relations)

Our Approaches and Value-Added

  • Presenting frameworks for the effective utilisation of internal and external potential in annual reports or on the Internet
  • Diversity Marketing
  • Calculating the Business Case behind Diversity for business planning purposes

Competitive Pressure

Issues and Activities

  • Improve the strategic position in times of concentration and consolidation through strengthening corporate Diversity & identity
  • Sharpening the profile through Diversity-related values
  • Utilising Diversity as an image factor
  • War of Talents: Diversity helps to attract Top Talents

Our Approaches and Value-Added

  • Analysing competitors with regard to Diversity and benchmarking Diversity activities
  • Analysing the core business, the corporate identity, values and brands in relation to Diversity
  • Developing market strategies that capitalise on work place and market place Diversity
  • Positioning on the Diversity League
  • Communication of Diversity activities on events, on the Internet and in recruiting

Ethics & Transparency

Issues and Activities

  • Commitment and compliance to present corporate risks, including those HR-related
  • Avoiding law suits for discrimination and harassment
  • Sharpening the corporate image with regard to fairness, equality, dignity and respect
  • Increasing the credibility of Philanthropy
  • Improving Corporate Governance

Our Approaches and Value-Added

  • Workshop on the practical implications of EU Anti-Discrimination legislation
  • Developing Diversity policies or codes of conduct
  • Identification of areas in which Philanthropy will be most effective



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