Diversity and innovation management in large research groups

  • Contemporary research appreciates a diverse workforce as a potential source of innovation. Researchers explore the fine details of why diversity management is central for generating innovations in heterogeneous research groups and how it could be effectively implemented into organizations. Complex research associations that discuss topics with a high impact on society increasingly address the necessity of establishing a diverse workforce to confront the challenges of tomorrow. Characterized by complex management structures as well as hierarchies, research associations have not been a subject of investigation until now. For this reason, the presented research project aims to develop a diversity and innovation management strategy with the ultimate goal of inducing change in the corporate culture. The proposed approach consisted of six phases; the first two phases investigated the status quo of diversity in the existing organizational structures of member institutes and the variety of particular working cultures within the research association. The third and the fourth phases utilized qualitative and quantitative studies. The third phase focused on the connection of management level to diversity and innovation, and the need for diversity and innovation management, and tailor-made methods of implementing them. The first three phases have been accomplished successfully; preliminary results are already available. The fourth phase will mainly focus on exploring the mind-set of the employees. The fifth phase will consolidate the findings in the first four phases into an implementable strategy. The final phase will address the implementation of this strategy into the organization. Phases 4 to 6 have not yet been undertaken

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Author:Linda Steuer-DankertORCiD, Mamta Rameshwarlal Sharma, Wolfgang Bleck, Carmen Leicht-Scholten
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Innovation Management
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2017
Date of the Publication (Server):2022/09/21
Tag:change management; diversity management; engineering; innovation management; research association
First Page:49
Last Page:72
Link: https://publications.rwth-aachen.de/record/713456
Institutes:FH Aachen / Fachbereich Energietechnik