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Why Should Companies Promote Gender Diversity?

CASE DEBATE, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
ET Cases, 4 Pages
AUTHOR(S) : Vandana Jayakumar and Dr. Nagendra V. Chowdary

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Why Should Companies Promote Gender Diversity?

For long, it has been said and heard that companies should promote gender diversity. Promoting gender diversity equates to hiring more women to achieve gender balance. However, ever wondered, why should companies promote gender diversity? What’s wrong in men-only companies? Should companies promote gender diversity just because it is supposedly the right thing to do? Or is it because gender diversity is a good social slogan? Or is it that women opt out because of possible sexual harassment and the resulting #metoo movements?

Enough and more has been written extensively on the need and importance of recruiting and empowering more women. As per the No Ceilings Full Participation Report, if Egyptian women were employed at the same rate as men, that country’s GDP would climb by 34%. In the U.S., by the way, that figure is 5%. The same report shows that, since women prioritize things like education and healthcare for their children, they also build the foundations of a prosperous future. This means empowered women can generate a vast amount of wealth that people around the world would be able to spend.

Women currently make up 47% of the US workforce and 51% of all management, professional and related positions (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017). Globally, the outlook is similar, with women accounting for 49% of the workforce (International Labor Organization, 2016)...................

Exhibits

Exhibit I: Why Companies Should Hire More Women

Exhibit II: Benefits of Having More Women in the Workplace

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Why Should Companies Promote Gender Diversity?

Preamble

The purpose of this Teaching Plan is neither to outline the answers to Case Debate’s discussion questions nor to suggest an ideal way of conducting an effective debate basis the given topic. It is more to share the authors’ perspectives, basis their classroom orchestration of this Case Debate, on possible ways of orchestrating this Case Debate.

Purpose of Case Debate

Purpose of this Case Debate, which is a prelude to the Case Method of Teaching, is to inculcate the following skills [Exhibit (TP)-I] that would amply benefit the participants during their careers............

As this Case Debate is based on a very generic topic, the purpose is not to dwell into only the research-based inputs but more to prepare the students/participants for the process of case discussion – except that while the case discussion would be based on the case facts, the Case Debate encourages the students/participants to present their ideas with no rigorous business dilemma.............

Exhibits

Exhibit (TP)-I: CASE DEBATE – SKILL SCOPING

Exhibit (TP)-II: Women as a Percentage of Sector Employees

Exhibit (TP)-III: Classroom Orchestration Plan – Why Should Companies Promote Gender Diversity?

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Abstract

The purpose of this Case Debate is to encourage a lively discussion on why should companies hire women and, is the clamor for gender diversity a societal equalizer or is there a broader merit in promoting and encouraging women to be in leadership positions? While women have made great strides in leadership, globally the proportion of women in senior roles of organizations has been stuck at 24% for the last decade. There are currently fewer women on the boards of S&P 500 companies and in every region of the world, women are less likely than men to be employed full-time. Globally, men are 10 times more likely to be a head of government, and women are twice as likely to be denied an education. As early as Class IV, girls start opting out of leadership roles. These facts are not the result of a lack of capability or motivation on the part of women and girls. They are due to cultural and organizational practices and mindsets that (sometimes unintentionally) continue to promote a male-based definition of effective leadership, gradually and pervasively shrinking and discounting the perception of the way in which girls and women lead, and often mis-attributing the work that they do, according to Jennifer Martineau, senior vice-president (research, evaluation and societal advancement) for Americas at Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Should companies promote gender diversity just because it is supposedly the right thing to do? Or is it because gender diversity is a good social slogan? Or is it that women opt out because of possible sexual harassment and the resulting #metoo movement?

This Case Debate centers around:

  • Why should companies hire women and why should companies promote gender diversity?
  • Do women-only companies and men-only companies fare successfully?
Purpose of this Case Debate, which is a prelude to the Case Method of Teaching, is to inculcate the following skills that would amply benefit the participants during their careers.

(a) Ideation
(b) Discussion and Debate
(c) Empathy
(d) Appreciation


Case Debate Positioning and Setting

This Case Debate can be used for either of the following:

  • MBA Programs – Human Resource Management Course – To understand the importance of workplace diversity in general and gender diversity in particular
  • Under Graduate Programs/BBA Programs/B.Com Programs – To sensitize the participants to the importance of gender diversity and its impact on business outcomes



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