This key fact alludes to several drawn conclusions and assumptions. They are: The United States is one of the world’s most economically and politically powerful countries with active global business relationships but is largely dependent on trade and resources from Islamic companies; The United States has respectfully taken on the self-proclaimed role as impartial global peacekeepers which lends to an implied responsibility of stabilizing other developing countries or the destabilization of other targeted countries (i. e. Iraq and Iran); The United States has known enemies and allies with unequaled public tension with Islamic countries and Muslims globally; The United States is one of the world’s most diverse nations with a steady flow of almost 700,000 new immigrants a year (U. S. Census Bureau statistics, 2001).
Since its founding the United States has had active racial, ethnic and religious tensions and problems amongst its citizens and immigrant population; The U. S. has actively taken steps to promote, embrace and understand the impact of diversity in the context of its own history based on racial disparity between whites and minority groups. These assumption, although based on anecdotal evidence, are supported by extensive research and various historical studies, some of which are cited in this paper. Moreover, limit resources prevent this study from covering every related research topic to provide extra-ordinarily in depth references.
However, this study is based on a review of literature and research that deals specifically with diversity, multiculturalism and the workforce. The second major assumption of this paper is that the United States has acknowledged the fact that it must aggressively confront the issue of diversity and its impact on the American people because of its rapidly changing demographics. In 2000, Census Bureau data stated that 28. 4 million or 10. 4 percent of the United States’ population were native to countries outside of the United States.
This is an increase from 7. 9 percent in 1990. Census data also concludes that an additional 14. 8 million Americans have two parents who were born outside the United States, while another 12. 7 million have at least one foreign-born parent. (U. S. Census Bureau statistics, 2001). Since Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States this paper assumes that there will be a need to embrace diversity initiatives that include Islam and Muslims in the workforce only after first understanding current prevailing attitudes towards Islam and Muslims.
A few key attitudes will be addressed in this study. The first being the general stereotypes and attitudes from non-Muslims in the United States toward Islam and Muslims. Secondly, the scope of this study will examine the attitudes of top level executives, leadership, and management in Fortune 500 companies towards diversity initiatives and embracing initiatives that fully incorporate Islam and Muslims. The assumption of course is that large Fortune 500 companies have realized that embracing diversity does positively affect their business’ success.
Wagner states that successful corporations will be those that are able to embrace and manage a more diverse labor pool in which all individuals are able to maximize their contributions and realize their highest potential (Wagner, 2003, p. 4). Lastly, this research paper will study the impact of diversity initiatives and their effect on the American economy. Method Participants This research paper assumes that the impact of global conflict with Islamic countries is often felt deeper in the United States because of its interdependent interrelationships with Muslims businessmen, Islamic countries and American Muslims.
Since this paper focus is on Muslims and diversity it is important to discuss America’s top companies. Therefore participants in this study will incorporate interviews and surveys that include Muslim Americans, Muslims living in the United States, and Muslims business owners. This studies interview of Muslims will include 50 completed interviews from Muslims living in America. Additionally, this study will include surveys collected from America’s top level executives, managers and business leaders.
For the sake of brevity and clarity the study will be limited to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies that are based in the United States and have active diversity initiatives. This project will seek to obtain at least 500 completed surveys from top level executives. Design This study will have a three-fold design that will incorporate the collection of data that reflects attitudes towards diversity initiatives; perception and attitudes regarding Islam and Muslims; and the perceived effects of diversity initiatives on a business’ success.
The actual design of the survey will be a web-based questionnaire that can integrate and correlate data from the recipients. This questionnaire will gather demographic information from the participants and correlate demographic information with attitudes. Material Procedure A literature and research review will be conducted to examine the related issues concerning managing diversity and its impact on businesses. The study will be advertised online, in business magazines, through personal letters to identified corporate leaders. This study will highlight conflict theory, diversity programs, and effectiveness of diversity.