Demographic Factors Research Paper

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Demographic Factors Research Paper

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MMPBL/560 Managing in a Cross-Cultural Environment


Demographic Research Paper

Researching the unique demographic factors of companies and the role of these factors in management planning, individual rewards, recognition, and organizational conflict, Team B will compare and contrast the following organizations: Cornell University, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Proctor and Gamble, and Felix's company. Demographic factors can include gender, age, race, ethnicity, and religion. The advancement of technology and globalization creates an array of diversity among employees. Managing the demographic factors present to obtain skills, talents, and knowledge assists in enabling businesses to thrive is essential.

Gender roles, Stratification and Economy

When Mary Kay Ash began the Mary Kay Cosmetic organization, domestic-public dichotomy was prevalent in the United States. Domestic-public dichotomy is a "strong differentiation between home and the outside world" (Kottak & Kozaitis, 2003, p.

147, para 2). According to an article in American Business Women, when few married women with families worked outside of the home, Ash became an employee of Stanley Home Products. Ash rose to unit manager. After the end of her marriage in 1952, Ash began work for World Gift Company. Ash quit the company becoming tired of being passed (sic) over for promotions in favor of men she had trained. Leaving the organization, Ash founded her own company providing women the opportunity to earn income and advance in the business world, while still providing for family and home needs (American Business Women, 2004). Economic conditions and changes in the demographics of the United States present an increase in women in the workforce. Rising from 38% to 47% from the years 1970 to 2000, women make up almost half of all Americans who work outside of home...