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2019/2020  KAN-CCDCO1002U  Diversity Management – Diversity, Gender and Equality in Organisations

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

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Annette Risberg - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Management
  • Organisation
  • Organisational behaviour
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 26-06-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Describe, compare and discuss management approaches and critical perspectives to diversity
  • Relate these approaches and perspectives to the issues of common diversity categories
  • Analyse and reflect upon these approaches from organizational as well as societal perspectives
  • Analyse the advantages and problems with the notion of diversity when encountered in organisational contexts, and assess some of the practical implications following from the work with diversity in specific company cases
  • Describe, apply and assess relevant analytical tools and methods to understand and identify diversity issues in an organisational setting
  • Demonstrate good academic writing skills (clear and accurate writing style in English language, correct use of relevant terminology, coherent structure of arguments, proper use of references)
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 1
Compulsory home assignments
Students must pass one compulsory assignment in academic English in order to be eligible for attending the exam. The assignment is an individual executive summary of their group project.
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Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Diversity is a widely-debated topic both in society in general and within organisations. This course aims at providing the students with an in-depth understanding of the concept of diversity in organisations 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 dimensions of diversity will be addressed. We will read literature on diversity from different perspectives and contexts. The students will analyse the diversity initiatives in organisations. During the class discussions we will examine and debate what diversity is and what effects these definitions have on the organisation and its stakeholders. We will also discuss why organisations address diversity from a firm perspective as well as from a societal perspective. 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 maximise 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.).

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, student participation, case teaching.
Feedback during the teaching period
The students will get feedback on specific supervision sessions where they present the course project work-in-process. They will also provide feedback after they have presented their course project to the case companies as well as after the oral exam. In addition the students will get feedback on their academic-writing assignments. The students also have the opportunity to get feedback during faculties’ office hours.
Student workload
Lectures 34 hours
Preparation 142 hours
Total (Project work and exam (transferred to Organisational Change)) 176 hours
Further Information

The course’s development of personal competences:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to locate and evaluate research materials, organise 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.

Expected literature

Books: Diversity in Organizations. Concepts and Practices (2019) 2nd edition.  Edited by Heike Mensi-Klarbach and Annette Risberg. Macmillan.

Available as hard copy and e-book.



Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R., Jackson, P.R., and Jaspersen, L.J. (2018). Management and Business Research (6th edition). London: Sage Publications.


Selected readings. References will be uploaded on Canvas.

Last updated on 26-06-2019