Managing Diversity and Culture

ORG80015, formerly HBO580 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours




Aims and objectives

Management of diversity and culture is a multidisciplinary approach to the managerial and communication problems encountered in interactions between individuals and organisations with diverse backgrounds as well as individuals / organisations interacting with global communities.
This subject builds on the insights and experience developed in the subject “Leading”, and focuses specifically on self-awareness and the capacity to engage effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.  It explores discourses and notions of diversity and the implications for management practice.  It aims to challenge students to explore their own assumptions and world views, and to integrate theory with real-world experience in order to recognise and understand the practical issues that arise when people with different experiences and world views work together, and to develop and apply appropriate responses.
By the end of the subject students should have:
  • Enhanced sensitivity, openness, trust and respect for human diversity – gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, nationality etc.
  • An understanding of how diversity impacts on business practices and strategic HRM
  • An understanding of the concept of discourse in producing social reality and the implications for diversity
  • An awareness of own assumptions, coming to know what we don’t know; negotiating a way through difference; finding common ground; sensitively confronting as against letting people ‘off the hook’
  • A capacity to make sensitive contributions in interpersonal and group processes

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.