Multiculturism

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Multiculturism is a philosophy which appreciates ethnic diversity within a society and that encourages people to learn from the contribution of those of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Though culture is seen as ‘‘a richly rewarding area to pursue,’’ it is none- theless ‘‘a woefully complex maddeningly dynamic phenomenon’’ (Faure & Rubin, 1993, p. 228)(5). “Unity in diversity” is the perfect principle based on which any organisation succeeds. It is known fact that employees from various cultures contribute more effectively to organisations success than organisation working with single culture employees. But the authors of the article “Managing Multicultural Teams” (henceforth referred as core article) are of the opinion that cultural differences are sometimes capable of exacerbating challenges associated with effective team work. With the belief that multiculturism is timely need of 21st century, this essay strongly emphasises that multicultural teams often generate frustrating management dilemmas and works on solutions that a manger could implement to tackle this problem. A diverse or multicultural team by definition is not homogeneous. A homogeneous team tends to use the same words, meanings, expressions and speak the same language. They usually rely on same verbal and nonverbal cues to meanings. A classic example of this is Indians nod in a particular style. Western people find it difficult to interpret their nod while Indians are pretty comfortable with such style as they belong to same homogeneous group or team of people. On contrary a diverse team consists of people speaking different languages with different ascents. In such kind of team main problem is group cohesiveness where people tend to group up with people corresponding to their homogeneous teams. It is very difficult to create cohesiveness within such diverse teams. Sometimes advantages of diverse…...

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