Diversity Management in Czech Republic as an Answer to Demographic Changes

Elwira Gross-Gołacka, Jana Marková, Jan Slavicek

Abstract


Purpose – The main objective of the following article is to present issues associated with managing diversity in the context of demographic changes. The aim of this paper is to offer concrete suggestions on how organizations can overcome demographic changes and tap the business potential of diversity management.

Design/Methodology/Approach – The authors’ approach is based on the literature, statistic data and authors’ own research. The empirical part was developed on the basis of survey research titled “Diversity Management in the V4 Countries as an Answer to Demographic Changes”. The research was quantitative, implemented through the computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) technique on a group of 101 respondents. The research study was conducted in 2016–2017.

Findings – According to the research, knowledge and practice of diversity management is not very widespread in the Czech Republic. The research has shown that according to the opinion of the respondents from organisations, they recognize differences in motivation factors for specific groups of employees. The majority of respondents see the values and benefits of different groups of employees, as well as their specific needs. The majority of respondents know that specific groups can be the objects of various types of discrimination.

Practical implications – Changes taking place on the labour market and globalization – and in particular the demographic changes in the Czech Republic – have evoked a necessity of searching for new strategies of management. Contemporary human resources management strategies should take into account social and demographic changes and the influence of those changes on customer purchase behaviour and requirement. Therefore, knowledge of diversity management and practical applications should be reflected in strategies of organizations. Results of the study provide general guidelines for determining the direction of how important diversity management should be in organizations.

Originality/value – The research concerns diversity management in the Czech Republic with respect to demographic changes.


Keywords


diversity management, the Czech Republic, implementation, demographic changes

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17951/ijsr.2017.0.6.23
Data publikacji: 2018-04-25 11:09:14
Data złożenia artykułu: 2018-01-10 20:27:14

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