Managing Diversity for Organizational Sustainability (EMDC) 644

Managing Diversity for Organizational Sustainability

EEIM 665

Delivery Mode: Online

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Phase 1 of the MBA program before taking this course.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Program: Master of Business Administration

Manager: Angela Workman-Stark, PhD

Course Overview

For the most part, traditional diversity practices have increased the representation of diverse groups in organizations; however, there is continuing evidence that diversity alone fails to create the conditions in which people feel valued for their uniqueness and have a sense of belonging. In this course, we explore diversity management practices that integrate the process of inclusion. We also examine how diversity PLUS inclusion contributes to organizational sustainability.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain the concept of diversity management, how it has evolved over time, and how it contributes to organizational sustainability.
  • Understand and explain the challenges associated with various diversity management practices.
  • Understand critical theories associated with diversity management.
  • Distinguish between the concepts of diversity and inclusion.
  • Describe common barriers to diverse, inclusive and sustainable organizations.
  • Explain the implications of power and privilege.
  • Discuss the process of inclusion, the workplace factors supporting inclusion, and how inclusion occurs at each of three levels: the individual, team and organization.
  • Understand and explain inclusive leadership and your role as an inclusive leader.
  • Identify policies and practices supporting diversity and inclusion within teams and organizations.
  • Understand and implement change processes for creating more diverse and inclusive teams and organizations.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.