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Diversity in Organisations

Explore what diversity is and its relevance in improving the management of people to enhance organisational success.

Diversity in Organisations
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

An increasingly diverse workforce is the reality in today’s organisations. As employees interact extensively with each other, the challenges of working with a diverse workforce becomes significant. This raises core issues for managers on how they may leverage diversity with the overall aim of increasing organisational performance.

In this course, you’ll explore the benefits, challenges and dimensions of diversity. You’ll look at how individual personalities, attitudes and values have an impact at work. The role of managers and the organisation in creating effective teams will also be examined.

What topics will you cover?

  • Defining diversity
  • The benefits and challenges of diversity in the workplace
  • Diversity management practices
  • Exploring attitudes, behaviours and values
  • Creating and managing effective teams at work

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe what diversity is and its dimensions within organisations
  • Explore the benefits and challenges that diversity can bring into the workplace
  • Summarise the key approaches organisations could adopt to manage individual and team diversity within the workplace
  • Investigate the role of attitudes, personality and values at work
  • Engage with appropriate techniques and factors that contribute to the creation of effective teams

Who is the course for?

This course would suit professionals at all levels in an organisation, across all disciplines. It may be of particular interest to those in leadership or managerial roles - looking to improve business processes by managing organisational behaviour.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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You can use the hashtag #diversityinorganisations to talk about this course on social media.