Open seminar: Organisational Diversity in Higher Education

Presenter: Jeroen Huisman, University of Bath, UK

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Organisational diversity in higher education has been on the policy agenda of many governments since the middle of the last century and is almost by default presented as a worthwhile objective. Research on the topic has however highlighted that achieving organisational diversity is less straightforward. Governmental policies and instruments send different, sometimes contradictory, messages to higher education institutions, making it difficult for these institutions to meet the objectives of organisational diversity at the system level. At the same time, higher education institutions themselves display behaviours (under the influence of academic and sometimes vocational drift) that go against maintaining or increasing organisational diversity.

The key question seems to be how to develop a balanced set of triggers – and possibly punishments? – to keep organisational diversity at healthy levels.

The presentation by prof. Jeroen Huisman (International Centre for Higher Education Management, University of Bath, United Kingdom) will focus on the state of the art in organisational diversity research in higher education, with a specific focus on frameworks for analysis, measurement issues and consequences for policy and practice.

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Published Nov. 5, 2012 1:09 PM - Last modified Apr. 16, 2015 3:26 PM