Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Human Resource Management



First Advisor

Betty LeMasters

Second Advisor

John Sternbenz

Third Advisor

Gareth Gardiner


This thesis will discuss the trend toward a diversified labor force, as we move toward Workforce 2000. Many statistics show that the upcoming workforce will have fewer white males. Significant increases in the numbers of minorities , women, and immigrants will have a serious effect on how Human Resource Departments operate within companies. These demographical changes in the face of the labor market will require new methods of managing and training in all sectors of the corporate structure.

Moving forward t o manage and train individuals for the challenges of the year 2000 and beyond will require corporations to address needs in one of two fundamental ways : ( 1) the corporation can change its philosophy to provide a diversified workplace to meet the needs of the individuals that are employed there , or (2) assist minorities in adapting to the corporate culture and successfully master the environment.

The hypothesis for this project is that diversity training can be the bridge that unites these two basic approaches into a new understanding of diversity issues and their impact on productivity and competitiveness .