Edited by Alain Klarsfeld, Eddy S. Ng, Lize A.E. Booysen, Liza Castro Christiansen and Bård Kuvaas
Chapter 2: Diversity management in Denmark and France: a comparative approach
Adopting a two-level framework of diversity management analysis, we show how the concept of diversity management and its corresponding policies and practices differ in diverse country-specific environments, namely Denmark and France. We refer in this exploratory study in a Danish and a French company to two interrelated levels: macro-social and meso-organizational. By examining the field of diversity management as a multilayered phenomenon, we offer empirical insights into how distinct diversity discourses can develop in different national settings, and in which ways macro-level discourses may influence meso-level perceptions of diversity and practices of diversity management. We show that diversity discourses from the macro level help explain whether companies adopt a rights-based approach of equal opportunities to diversity management aimed at reducing discrimination and group-based disadvantages or a mainstream approach with emphasis on the “business case,” focusing on performance-related outcomes of diversity.
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