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Diversity learning, knowledge diversity and inclusion: Theory and practice as exemplified by corporate universities

Maike Andresen (Helmut‐Schmidt‐University, I.P.A. Institute for HRM and International Management, Hamburg, Germany)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Article publication date: 13 November 2007




The purpose of this paper is to present knowledge as an important diversity dimension in globally operating companies and to illustrate how companies with corporate universities (CUs) proceed in order to achieve knowledge inclusion.


A model is developed regarding the management of knowledge diversity methodologically based on the grounded theory approach and examples in existing CUs are given.


Different diversity learning approaches in corporate university programmes are explained and integrated in a model. The paper recognises the need to more actively manage knowledge diversity in companies.

Practical implications

The paper gives advice to companies on how to better manage their diversity of knowledge and knowledge bearers for strategic learning purposes. The paper is a first step in the academic discussion of knowledge as a diversity dimension.


Knowledge is defined as a diversity dimension by scientists but has not been discussed in depth so far. The paper distinguishes between knowledge diversity and inclusion and shows in which way companies can proceed in order to profit from the diversity in learning environments.



Andresen, M. (2007), "Diversity learning, knowledge diversity and inclusion: Theory and practice as exemplified by corporate universities", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 26 No. 8, pp. 743-760.



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