Diversity Management in Multinational Organizations (ILV)


Course lecturer:

FH-Prof.in Dr.in

 Eithne Knappitsch

Specialization AreaInternational Human Resource Management
Course numberM4.05171.30.651
Course codeDivMan
Semester of degree program Semester 3
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits2,0
Language of instruction English

By the end of this course the students should:
understand and be critically aware of issues associated with managing a diverse workforce
understand how diversity impacts on the multinational organization
gain practical insight into the promotion of diversity in a multinational organization
be able to identify, develop and critically assess organizational policies and practices for managing workplace diversity in a transnational context
demonstrate theoretical understanding of literature related to managing diversity

Among the core topics of the course are:

Managing a diverse workforce
Key drivers of diversity initiatives in multinationals
Approaches and strategies for leveraging the potential of diverse workforces in transnational settings
Specific practices and approaches to diversity management in multinational and global organizations

Chin, J. L. & Trimble, J. E. (2014). Diversity and Leadership. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Erbe, N. D. (2014). Approaches to Managing Organizational Diversity and Innovation. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference

Gardenswartz, L. & Rowe, A. (2010). Managing Diversity: A Complete Desk Reference and Planning Guide. 3rd ed. Alexandria, VA: Society For Human Resource Management.

Klarsfeld, A., Booysen, L. A. E., Ng, E., Roper, I. & Tatli, A. (2014). International Handbook of Diversity Management at Work: Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment. 2nd ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Thomas, R. R. Jr. (2010). World Class Diversity Management: A Strategic Approach. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.

Lecture, discussion, case studies

Class participation: 20%
Exam: 80%