DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT AS A CRUCIAL ISSUE OF MANAGEMENT IN 21ST CENTURY
Authors: Dana Egerová
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Another issue of the magazine Problems of Management in 21st century has found its way into your hands. We often hear people saying that human resources are the most important and most valuable source in an organization. Is it really true or is it just another buzzword? Our magazine deals with the issues of human resources in the context of various possible views and approaches.
As a result of the growing internationalism and globalization of the labour market but also as a result of dynamic changes in the society in general the concept of diversity management is ever more important. The basis of the concept of diversity management is the nature of diversity itself and this phenomenon has always existed in the human society, be it age, gender, race, ethnicity, mental and physical abilities, sex orientation or any other qualities (Hubbard, 2004, Eger, 2009). It is necessary to realize that the topics connected with diversity exist today and will exist in the future and if any organization strives to survive in the highly competitive surroundings, it has to deal with issues like that.
Applying the concept of diversity management, recognizing and using diverse ideas, knowledge and perspectives of the members of organizations, those are all factors that contribute to the wealth of any organization significantly and create a real competitive advantage, which, in its final form, can be considered a highly positive and constructive tool for solving the current all-society phenomena in the context of the development of the civic society.
Let me express my belief that our magazine will, both in this issue and in the issues to come, contribute to clarifying and solving the concept of diversity management in the broadest sense of the word.