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Diversity and Inclusion Foster Innovative Development in an Emerging Networked Society

Oladunni, Aigbe (2016) Diversity and Inclusion Foster Innovative Development in an Emerging Networked Society. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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A culture of diversity maximizes different perspectives, ideas, and personalities and takes advantage of inclusion; in order to tap into the prime of talent banks, thereby fostering innovation and attaining transformative value. This is driven by the eco system of the all advancing networked society which enables everyone, everything and everywhere to be connected in real time and impact on the way collaborations are done. It is an environment where different ideas, outlooks, and experiences brought to a sphere of influence are respected, irrespective of who brings it. It is a setting where individuals are able to uniquely fulfill their potentials whilst valuing, supporting and respecting differences. In the gender divide there is a disparity that does not enhance the value of the female gender and their contributions. Through varied efforts by organizations and prowomen societal bodies for gender parity; this has been on a continuous improvement road map amidst varied cultural, unconscious bias, etc challenges. These bodies foster the added value the female gender brings into the specific or related sphere influence and prove that the inclusivity of the female gender builds stronger, smarter, financially robust and productive teams. Inclusive engagement of all workforces especially the female workforce can improve a company's financial base, as diversity is maximized through a shared vision and value system, amidst differences in personalities and perspectives. Inclusion is a corporate responsibility for any trans-generational organization that wants to remain relevant and sustain its essence in a highly competitive environment. The Networked Society enhances the transformational power of ICT to spur socio-economic development, promote responsible career and business practices, as it takes advantage of diverse work place experiences that have an inclusive culture. This results in more connections, added communication, new functions and new behaviors. This would shape the future; create a positive heritage for generations ahead as the fundamentals of diversity and conscious inclusion continually form the building blocks for its sustainability.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diversity, Inclusion, Innovation, Development, Networked Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 15:26
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016 15:26

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