Meaning of Workforce Diversity in Globalized Post WTO World

Azram Aslam

Year:    2004
Category:   WTO
Source:   ICQI 2004 – Pakistan 8th International Convention on Quality Improvement, Lahore
Publisher:   PIQC Institute of Quality

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Author’ Introduction:   

Azram Aslam has completed his Masters in Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, USA in 2004. She has also completed B.Sc in Psychology from Kinniard College for Women, Lahore in 1996 and BA L.L.B (Bar at Law) from University of Punjab, Lahore in 2000. She has hosted a presentation about ‘Estate Laws in Pakistan’ for Gannon University’s Paralegal students, organized presentations about different cultural aspects of Pakistan for GECAC Community Charter school kids. She was also volunteered for various GE sponsored cultural and community events including Wattsburg Elementary School International Night and Project ASK (Accelerated Success for Kids). She worked as teaching assistant for Law courses at Pakistan College of Law (Affiliate of Punjab University), courses include International law, Mercantile law, Law of Torts and Islamic Jurisprudence. Work involved opinion building, conducting Workshops and Seminars.

Abstract   

In recent years, outsourcing has become a hot topic and 2004 being an election year in USA, this topic has taken shape of a political debate. One variable, which needs to be re-looked in this new post WTO and outsourcing world, is the meaning of workforce diversity in the companies and corporations. The meaning of diversity will change as the working environments change globally. In this paper, I will try to analyze this delicate balance between outsourcing and maintaining diversity at workplace and try to propose a global definition of diversity which should be applicable all over the world, not only in USA. Should diversity be considered in global markets? How effective is this term in other countries where corporations are building their new offices? While people are discussing the positive and negative effects of globalization, the meaning of diversity in this globalized world needs to be re-looked and if needed, requires a new definition.