Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2005


Dundar F. Kocaoglu

Course Title

Management of Engineering and Technology

Course Number

EMGT 520/620


This report addresses the lack of diversity with respect to gender in the technical workforce, then discusses its causes, including investigation of the glass ceiling, consequences and possible management approaches to improve diversity. Beyond the oft touted ethical and moral issues regarding equal rights and diversity in the workplace, there are strong economic and strategic business grounds to support the need for workplace diversity. Significant work has been done to develop the business case for diversity both at the human resource management level and at the corporate and business strategy level. The most significant arguments are in the areas of cost savings, increasing the talent pool and improvements to company reputation and marketability.


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