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Diversity Management as Window Dressing? A Company Case Study of a Diversity Charta Member in Germany

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 focuses on the management of ethnic diversity and investigates Diversity Management practices in an organization which is a member of the Diversity Charta in Germany and even won a prize for its outstanding Diversity Management initiatives. However, this chapter illustrates that in this company Diversity Management can only be understood as window dressing, rather than as a serious attempt to manage diversity and particularly ethnic diversity. The case study data derives from a larger study, which examined the habitus of managing ethnic diversity in Germany. The case study data consists of observations, interviews with key internal stuff as well as employees, a focus group, documentary analysis of company data (policies, annual reports, brochures, as well as employee statistics), information about company history and lastly visual data in the form of pictures.

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Vassilopoulou, J. (2017), "Diversity Management as Window Dressing? A Company Case Study of a Diversity Charta Member in Germany", Management and Diversity (International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 3), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 281-306. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2051-233320160000003012

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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