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Cultural Intelligence as a Prism between Workforce Diversity and Performance in a Modern Organization

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  • Kadri KARMA

    (University of Tartu, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Estonia)

  • Rebekka VEDINA

    () (University of Tartu, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Estonia)

Abstract

In today’s globalizing world it is of importance for managers to manage the constantly growing workforce diversity. Besides the generally promoted idea of diversity management, often limited to fair employment, less attention has been paid to the advantages and hidden potentials of diversity. Previous research that has emphasized the link between diversity and organizational performance has indicated very different results. However it highlights mainly only the easily detectable level of diversity. In the present article a theoretical background is created proposing cultural intelligence as a tool linking different levels of workforce diversity and performance in organizations.

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  • Kadri KARMA & Rebekka VEDINA, 2009. "Cultural Intelligence as a Prism between Workforce Diversity and Performance in a Modern Organization," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 10(3), pages 527-542, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:rmcimn:v:10:y:2009:i:3:p:527-542
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    1. Luis R Gómez-Mejia & Leslie E Palich, 1997. "Cultural Diversity and the Performance of Multinational Firms," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 28(2), pages 309-335, June.
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    Keywords

    workforce diversity; values; cultural intelligence; multicultural organizations.;

    JEL classification:

    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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