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Ethnicity and perspectives of diversity management in Republic of North Macedonia

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

Prof. Marjan Mladenovski, during the Learning Mobility in Rome (24-30 March 2019) for the CSB project, gave an interesting speech on "Ethnicity and perspectives of diversity management in Republic of North Macedonia". Here below the abstract and the presentation of his work.


In recent decades there is a global trend of increased opening of the labor market to all social groups and individuals, irrespective of national, ethnic, religious and gender, sexual orientation disability etc. Despite the democratic and humanist principles of this process in terms of equality, there is a strong economic leverage of trends in terms of utilization of overall economic potential of a country. The managers are faced with new conditions that bring an opportunity for competitive advantage, but also potential organizational conflict. Therefore, the main leitmotiv of this paper was to determine the attitudes of young people in N. Macedonia for inclusion against the rejection of “different” from themselves, in the context of different ethnicity. The paper actually has a research approach, since it is on methodological techniques – survey, where the focus is the faculty of Business Administration of the Republic Macedonia (Kumanovo and Tetovo).

Crucial questions that the young (future managers) were asked, were related to the horizontal relationships – work in the same office, opening the joint venture and the vertical relations to such issues as employment, promotion or working for a member of the” different” social groups and ethnic communities. The result of the survey noted the series of challenges which the young generation of managers from different ethnic communities in N. Macedonia, carry current (and future) demographic changes in the structure of labor.

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Prof. Marjan Mladenovski, Lecturer of economic sociology at Eurocollege of Kumanovo (Republic of North Macedonia). Participant in the Training Week in Rome (24-30 March 2019) for the Cultural Studies in Business project in the field of Erasmus Plus.

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