Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




Although traditional diversity training programs have increased awareness and sensitivity to issues such as race, gender and sexual orientation, the success of these programs may be enhanced by reframing them in terms of multiculturalism. This will allow the programs to be more accepted by everyone, since everyone can identify with several different cultures.

In this paper different facets of culture are first, identified and explored. The importance of culture as a screen or filter with which we face the world is discussed.

The second section of the paper makes a case as to why it is in the economic best interest of both employer and employee to develop a multicultural perspective. This is done in the context of the shift in how we understand how the world works a paradigm shift from mechanistic to organic.

Finally, several recommendations are presented discussing how a business can cultivate a multicultural perspective among its employees.


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