1794 Strategic Diversity Management
Mag. Neha Chatwani, DBA
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/05/23 to 10/24/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 11/09/23 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 11/13/23 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.038
Monday 11/20/23 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM D5.1.003
Thursday 11/23/23 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.12
Thursday 11/30/23 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.11
Thursday 12/07/23 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.12

This course analyzes the design and implementation of corporate strategies that deal with diversity-specific aspects and investigates what an effective diversity management strategy should include. Diversity management involves a process of organizational change, we will therefore assess the consequences of, and the way in which managers can deal with, resistance to diversity measures. The link between an inclusive organizational environment and perceptions of organizational justice will also be discussed in connection with the topic of resistance. Further, individual and organizational learning processes in relation to diversity management will be scrutinized.

Throughout the course, students will apply their knowledge to live cases, examples, and/or projects.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify what an effective diversity strategy should contain.
  • Understand how to design and implement diversity strategies and gain a deeper understanding of diversity management as a process of organizational change, as well as the consequences of resistance to diversity measures.
  • Evaluate the implementation of corporate strategies that deal with diversity management, and reflect on the processes of implementation for these.

The course will also promote critical reflection and judgment, through both independent work and group work.

Attendance requirements

Simple attendance is a basic requirement for continuous assessment courses (prüfungsimmanenten Lehrveranstaltungen (PI-LV)).

Should there be an important reason for absence, then a maximum of 20% of the entire course duration can be missed. In case of more than 20% absence, the course must be repeated. Confirmation (for example, a medical certificate) must be submitted for absenteeism.

According to the WU's examination regulations, any absences that are beyond the student's disposition (illness, accident, death of a close relative) are important reasons. Vocational obligations are not considered an important reason in the sense of the examination regulations, since these are at the disposition of the students.

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Lectures
  • Reading, analyzing and reflection on the scientific literature and case studies
  • In-class group work, and analysis of case studies
  • Presentations
  • Learning from, and discussion with, experts
  • Group work assignment(s)/homework (30 points)
  • Short exam/essay (15 points)
  • In-class activities and individual participation (15 points)
  • Group presentation (40 points)

Grading scheme: very good: 90-100 points, good: 81-89 points, satisfactory: 72-80 points, sufficient: 60-71 points, fail: 0-59 points.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

To be eligible for the course, students must have completed the basic course (Grundkurs).


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Unit details
Unit Date Contents
1 09.11.2023

Introduction to the course details.
Understanding diversity as a strategy and its implementation

2 13.11.2023

Organizational diversity analysis - Evaluating diversity measures

3 20.11.2023

Diversity, change and resistance in organizations

4 23.11.2023

First guest speaker session

5 30.11.2023

Organizational learning and learning to promote diversity and inclusion
Second guest speaker session

6 07.12.2023

Group presentations

Last edited: 2023-06-16