The  Conflicts  of  Gender  Diversity  Within  a   Company  

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MGT
  352
  –
  Human
  Resource
  Management
 

  Topic
  of
  the
  Group
  Research
  Project
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

The
 conflicts
 of
 gender
 diversity
 within
 a
  company
 
  “Evaluation
 of
 gender
 conflicts
 between
 women
  and
 men
 demonstrated
 by
 an
 example
 of
 the
  company
 Mercedes
  Benz.”
 
Employee: Christian Koeck

 

 
 
 
 

Group
  2
  Yannic
 Roehrer
  Christian
 Koeck
  Felix
 Steinbeck
  Jakob
 Seeger
  Thomas
 Wick
 

 

Table of content

 
  1. Introduction ........................................................................................................ 1 2. Gender conflicts between men and women ....................................................... 2 2.1 Unequal payment of men and women ......................................................... 2 2.2 Adverse career opportunities for women..................................................... 3 3. Appropriate solutions ......................................................................................... 4 3.1 Proposals to decrease discrimination in particular professions ................... 4 3.2 Female quota in senior management positions ............................................ 5 3.3 Gender mainstreaming ................................................................................. 7 4. Conclusion ......................................................................................................... 8 5. List of references.............................................................................................. 10

 

1. Introduction
To achieve liberation from religious, legal, sexual and economic oppression, women have been fighting for their rights throughout the 20th century. In fact, it took tremendous efforts and a long struggle to achieve sexual equality. Finally, the image of women in our society has changed. While women are no longer considered to be housewives who support her hard working husbands and raise the children they are now seeking for career opportunities. Moreover they are even entering jobs traditionally dominated by men. This development implies some serious issues for today’s economy and its corporations. To deal with gender diversity conflicts, companies are seeking for solutions in order to achieve sexual equality in terms of payment and to reduce discrimination.

In fact, throughout the last decades diversity management has become a significant issue within Human Resource Management. Diversity management includes ethical, cultural and religious differences, age conflicts and the role of disabilities. As one of the main issues of diversity management in our group research project we put an emphasis on gender diversity conflicts within the company Mercedes Benz. During his apprenticeship one of our group members made the experience that women felt disadvantaged in terms of salary, career opportunities and acceptance although they considered their performance equal to their male colleagues.

This paper outlines the importance and conflicts of today’s diversity management and offers solutions to companies dealing with this issue. The first step is to give an overview of current developments in the field of human resource management. The next step is to illustrate conflicts that appear with gender diversity by using particular 1  

 

examples from our group’s experiences in the world of business. Finally we focus on potential solutions to those conflicts by addressing a female quota in senior management positions, improvements of work-life-balance, equality of payment and proposals to decrease discrimination in professions considered to be typical female.

2. Gender conflicts between men and women 2.1...
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