Netherlands, Nijmegen

Managing Diversity in Organizations

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

The course is taught from a theoretical, critical and practical perspective, and encourages students to develop independent thinking by means of in-­class discussion.

The course consists of lectures that cover the following:
- Introduction to the course;
- Competing approaches to managing diversity;
- Implementing diversity management, Discrimination & Inclusion;
- Diversity & difference: gender;
- Diversity & difference: sexuality;
- Diversity & difference: race & ethnicity;
- Diversity & difference: age & disability;
- Diversity, teams & leadership;
- Case study Rabobank & preparation for presentations.

In this course you will need to prepare a presentation. You are asked to examine the research on a disadvantaged group in the workplace, either a) gender b) sexual orientation c) race d) age or e) disability and argue the case that the situation is improving, staying the same or is getting worse for this particular group. In other words, you are being asked to critically discuss the research evidence to establish the extent to which this groups has achieved inclusivity and equality in employment and why it is (not) the case. You may choose any country for your analysis.

Course leader

Dr. Stephanie Schreven
Adjunct Lecturer
Adam Smith Business School
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Target group

Bachelor, Advanced Bachelor, Master. Diversity in the workplace confronts organizations with challenges as well as offers benefits to them, which is a lesson many organizations are still struggling to learn, as for instance the case of Google recently demonstrated that met with social outcry, at the discrimination against women, among others. Thus, learning about diversity, gaining a critical understanding of how it affects the workplace, and how inequality affects employees is essential for being able to manage it. This course is of interest for those who seek to make a positive difference to the workplace, to the benefit of equality and the success of  organizations.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
1. Demonstrate that any workforce is composed of diverse socio-cultural groups with differential patterns and experiences of labour market participation;
2. Have developed theoretical insight into the different socio-cultural differences at stake in diversity, how they are socially constructed and perceived, namely gender, race, sexuality, age and disability;
3. Have developed a critical awareness of and insight into how different employees are affected by the dynamics of inclusivity/exclusivity, and inequality/equality that define organizational practices and cultures, including discrimination;
4. Have a critical awareness of and insight into the conflicts, problems and dilemmas involved in implementing diversity policies and practices; have an appreciation of the leadership skills required to effectively address and manage diversity, as well as the personal and organizational strategies involved;
5. Be able to critically evaluate whether equality and inclusivity are a reality for many who work in today’s organizations.

Fee info

EUR 600: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 540   early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2018 (10%) 
€ 510   partner + RU discount (15%) 
€ 450   early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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