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Palich LE and Gomez-Mejia LR 1999 admit that their claims regarding the deleterious effects of cultural diversity for global firms clearly diverge from the value-in-diversity perspective that dominates contemporary theory Through a detailed review of the relevant literature examine the arguments supporting the view that cultural diversity can have a positive impact on global firms Throughout the following pages I will explain the reasons why there is support for cultural diversity within the workplace even though it has been exploited as having a detrimental affect upon domestic and international companies Having examined the literature there are a number of key topics which I feel benefits from cultural diversity within business Diversity is defined as all of the ways in which we differ If we stop today and look around we will see many workers of different ages sex nationality and culture working together side by side this has caused companies to adjust to this unique situation Hofstede defines culture as the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another Hofstede 1997 Culture is the learned ways of group living and the groups responses to various stimuli It is also the total way of life and thinking patterns that are passed from generation to generation It encompasses norms values customs art and beliefs Culture is the patterns of behaviour and thinking that people living in social groups learn create and share Culture distinguishes one human group from others A peoples culture includes their beliefs rules of behaviour language rituals art technology styles of dress ways of producing and cooking food religion and political and economic systems Due to the changes in workforce demographics resulting from globalisation this has resulted in a practical concern of multi-cultural companies According to a study held by the Society for Human Resource Management SHRM and Fortune magazine called Impact of Diversity Initiatives on the Bottom Line which was
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