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Enhancing competitiveness with Diversity & Inclusion practices

By Riitta Saastamoinen

Mr. Elmer Dixon on board

’Diversity & Inclusion. Working to enhance the competitiveness of Finnish businesses’ was the topic of a two-day JAMK Center for Competitiveness seminar on November 12-13, 2012. Three seasoned international experts of Diversity & Inclusion, Dr. George Simons, Mr. Elmer Dixon and Ms. Joy Hawkins, discussed the need for, benefits of and best practices in diversity management at work places.

Mr. Matti Hirsilä, the Head of the JAMK Global Business Management Department, opened the seminar by pointing out how competitiveness of businesses has in past been mainly approached as cost cutting, but in the future competitiveness enhancing will depend significantly on how the companies can create something new and be innovative. Diversity & Inclusion strategies and practices have a major role in this, as like Mr. Dixon later pointed out, “Diversity and global literacy enhance the quality of problem solving, decision making, and innovation.” If the managers and employees have good cultural competence, the continuously increasing diversity of the customers, markets and workforce becomes an asset.

Diversity, as introduced by Ms. Hawkins, refers to the “unique characteristics or differences that each of us have”, like gender, age, race or ethnic background, personality, educational background or parental status. At work places people also differ due to the factors like job function, work location, or seniority in the company. Inclusion means the active ways to prevent exclusion: understanding diversity as strength, encouraging everybody’s involvement, and providing people with equal access to opportunities and information.

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Cultural values and business life: the Russian example

By Riitta Saastamoinen

Dr. Olga Kovbasyuk in the seminar

JAMK Centre for Competitiveness organized a two-day seminar ‘The Russian model of management. Myth and reality.’ on October 29-30, 2012. Dr. Olga Kovbasyuk, Professor of Intercultural Communication at Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad, Russia), lead the participants to understand their personal cultural values as well as those of the Russian culture by using the Cultural Detective® method.

Understanding your own values and beliefs is the first step towards respecting the values of the others and to creating practices that are needed for collaborating with culturally different business partners. The exercises and discussions of the first day allowed the participants to discover their own cultural background as well as to discuss the values of the Finnish culture and other cultures presented by the very multicultural audience of the seminar.

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Competitiveness in International Markets / Kilpailukykyä Kansainvälisille Markkinoille

JAMK’s Centre for Competitiveness brings  Harvard Business School expertise to Finnish companies.  Attend seminars and webinars, and strengthen your competitiveness in international markets. We create a package to serve your specific needs!

For more information, please click the link below

http://jamk2.entecore.fi/fi/page/198

Best Regards
Heidi Neuvonen
JAMK, Centre for Competitiveness

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JAMK:n Centre for Competitiveness tuo Harvard Business Schoolin osaamista myös suomalaisille yrityksille. Osallistu seminaareihin sekä webinaareihin ja vahvista kilpailukykyäsi kansainvälisillä markkinoilla. Tilauksesta suunnittelemme juuri teidän tarpeitanne palvelevan kokonaisuuden

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http://jamk2.entecore.fi/fi/page/198

Ystävällisin terveisin
Heidi Neuvonen
JAMK, Centre for Competitiveness