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Diversity Management and the Scandinavian Model: Illustrations from Denmark and Sweden

Management and Diversity

ISBN: 978-1-78635-550-8, eISBN: 978-1-78635-549-2

ISSN: 2051-2333

Publication date: 3 May 2017

Abstract

This chapter presents the principal interpretations that took place in Denmark and Sweden regarding the discourse on ‘Diversity Management’. We organise our presentation around three major themes that are central to the local Scandinavian context: gender equality, migration and moral grounds. This chapter shows the important role of gender equality work practices and how these practices now tend to be progressively incorporated in a broad Diversity Management construct, possibly leading to a less radical stance. Moreover, the comparison between Denmark and Sweden reveals the political associations with Diversity Management and migration in Denmark, but not in Sweden. Our third contribution unveils the tensions between the value of equality, which remains strong in the Scandinavian welfare state model, and the actual practices of Diversity Management.

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Romani, L., Holck, L., Holgersson, C. and Muhr, S.L. (2017), "Diversity Management and the Scandinavian Model: Illustrations from Denmark and Sweden ", Management and Diversity (International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 3), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 261-280. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2051-233320160000003011

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