Diversity management in ageing societies: A comparative study of Germany and Japan

Kemper, Lena Elisabeth, Bader, Katharina and Froese, Fabian Jintae (2016) Diversity management in ageing societies: A comparative study of Germany and Japan. Management Revue, 27 (1-2). pp. 29-49. ISSN 0935-9915

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5771/0935-9915-2016-1-2-29


In response to demographic change organizations in Germany and Japan have recently begun to adapt their human resource management practices to embrace employees with diverse backgrounds: e.g. females, foreigners, or older workers (aged fifty and older). Based on a survey of 209 organizations we compare the current situation of diversity management practices in the two countries. Our findings indicate that, due to institutional differences, the scope and focus of diversity management varies significantly. Japanese diversity management focuses primarily on gender, whereas German organizations adopt a broader approach. While Japanese organizations consider communication and HR initiatives more important, German organizations assign a higher importance to practices integrating diversity in everyday work.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N200 Management studies
N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 11:13
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:49
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37621

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