International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work
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International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work

Second Edition Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment

Edited by Alain Klarsfeld, Lize A.E. Booysen, Eddy Ng, Ian Roper and Ahu Tatli

The second edition of this important reference work provides important updates and new perspectives on the cases constituting the first edition, as well as including contributions from a number of new countries: Australia, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria and Russia. Countries that have been updated and expanded are Austria, Canada, France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
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Chapter 12: Employment equality and diversity management in a Russian context

Fiona Colgan, Aidan McKearney, Elena Bokovikova, Sofya Kosheleva and Elena Zavyalova


Diversity management (DM) has been identified as a 'new paradigm' to address the demographic diversity of the workforce (Tatli et al., 2012, p. 1). Over the past two decades, the terms 'diversity' and 'diversity management' have travelled globally as transnational organizations and institutions have sought to introduce them in a range of settings. However, Calas et al. (2009, p. 349) remind us that what is meant by these terms in different national and cultural contexts may vary. Increasingly there has been recognition of the importance of national histories and social, cultural, economic, political and legal equality trajectories which have preceded the arrival of DM (Tatli et al., 2012). Klarsfeld (2010, p. 1) suggests the way forward on understanding DM should be 'to restore diversity to its national contexts'. Shen et al. (2009) point to the urgent need to extend research on 'diversity management' to its diffusion and translation in transitional and developing economies. This chapter considers DM in the Russian Federation (hereafter referred to as Russia) following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the creation of the Russian Federation in 1991 (Domsch and Lidokhover, 2007). Russia's size, unique history, diverse population, fast-growing economy and increasing penetration by multinational companies (MNCs) over the past two decades (Zavyalova et al., 2011) make it a fascinating example of a transitional economy.

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