Diversity in Organisations
As the labor force becomes increasingly diverse, a strong emphasis is being placed on diversity-related issues of all kinds in the workplace. Diversity in the workplace may result from differences in individual characteristics such as gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, and physical ability/disability. A diverse staff can lead to more innovation and creativity but also cause problems like miscommunication and social conflicts between organisational members. Organizations need to address diversity issues in some manner if they are to compete effectively in a global economy. By using a combination of insights and concept from organization studies, gender & diversity studies, sociology and anthropology, students will gain insight in how organizations deal with the increasing socio-demographic diversity in society.
The course endeavours to combine academic rigour with a practical focus on promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, enabling students to both develop a critical understanding of relevant theoretical and empirical literature and apply acquired knowledge to specific diversity management scenarios. First, we explore how social inequality in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, ability is (re)produced in organizations. The course will offer several analytical frameworks to map complex processes that underlie the reproduction of inequality in organizations. Secondly, students will learn about the different strategies that organizations use to increase diversity and to create a culture of inclusiveness. This course discusses how diversity work can be organized and positioned within the organization. We study what kind of programs have been proposed, and implemented, and to what extent they have shown to be effective.
Teacher: Professor Marieke van den Brink
- Dates: September 3 to October 1, 2018 (Monday and Wednesday)
- Location: NOG – Radboud University Nijmegen
- Credits: 6 ECTS (credits will only be awarded after an accepted written paper. Students not requiring any credits will receive a certificate of attendance)
- Details: open to NOG RMA students.
- More information and registration: please email Wenneke Meerstadt (W.Meerstadt@ru.nl) before August 20.