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2012/2013  KAN-CBL_DGEO  Diversity Management – Diversity, Gender and Equality in Organisations

English Title
Diversity Management – Diversity, Gender and Equality in Organisations

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Changes in course schedule may occur
Friday 13.30-16.05, week: 36-41, 43-46
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Min. participants 40
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Annette Risberg - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
  • Robyn Remke - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Secretary Birgitte Hertz, bhe.stu@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 27-09-2012
Learning objectives
The course’s development of personal competences:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to locate and evaluate research materials, organize and use data/research to create and support an original argument. In addition, students will gain experience speaking in front of and with colleagues, developing their personal communication skills.

After the course students should be able to
o describe, compare and discuss management approaches and critical perspectives to diversity
o relate these approaches and perspectives to the issues of ethnicity, gender and other common diversity categories
o analyze and reflect upon these approaches from organizational as well as societal perspectives
o analyze the advantages and problems with the notion of diversity when encountered in organizational contexts, and assess some of the practical implications following from the work with diversity in specific company cases
Bachelor degree in business and management with focus on organisational theory and/or strategic management is an advantage, but not a precondition for participation.
Oral exam based on group case study report
Diversity Management – Diversity, Gender and Equality in Organisations:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below

The exam is a 20 minute individual oral exam based on a group case analysis. Students will work in groups of 3-5 to complete a case analysis of the company provided. The analysis will be no more than 10,000 words (approximately 25 pages). The company will present a diversity related issue/problem to the students at which time students will also be able to ask company representatives questions. Students are will also use publicly available company information (websites, annual reports, etc.). Students are expected to use course readings and other diversity related readings in their case analysis. The oral exam is an individual exam based on the case report. The case report represents approximately half of the final grade with the oral exam representing the other half. Further instructions will be provided in class. The papers will be assessed using the standard Danish grading scale.
Course content

Diversity is a widely-debated topic both in society in general and within organizations. This course aims at providing the students with an in-depth understanding of the concept of diversity in organizations as well as in the different perspectives on and definitions of diversity management. We will discuss management approaches as well as critical perspectives to diversity. Many different aspects of diversity will be addressed such as, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and more. We will read literature on diversity from different contexts. During the class discussions we will examine and debate what diversity is and what effects these definitions have on the organization and its stakeholders. We will also discuss why organizations address diversity from a firm perspective as well as from a societal perspective. Companies and associations working with diversity will be invited to the course. The instructors will use lectures, case presentations/analysis, company presentations, and student presentations-participation throughout the course. In addition, because one of the central objectives of the course is for students to develop an informed but critical understanding of diversity management, the course is structured to maximize student participation and engagement. Throughout the course, students will be asked to prepare small/informal presentations based on the readings, class discussions, company presentations, personal experience, and easily available texts/media (websites, newspapers, etc.).

Teaching methods
Lectures, student participation, case teaching.
Expected literature

Danowitz, M A., Hanappi-Eger, E., and Mensi-Klarbach, H., (Eds), 2012,  Diversity in Organizations. Palgrave MacMillan. 
Selected readings. A list will be uploaded on LEARN before course start.

Last updated on 27-09-2012