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Specialisation in Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management

In the Master's specialisation in Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management, we focus on the role and function of gender and diversity in the workplace, connecting what happens in organisations to the underlying power processes in politics and society. We study how organisations produce different structural inequalities (regarding gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age, disability), and how these inequalities influence each other in organisational practice. We explore the processes and practices of organisational change in this area. The programme addresses questions about strategy, culture and identity,  leadership, and  the inclusion of multiple stakeholders in organisational change. We offer state of the art theoretical insights, an overview of current management practices and provide a solid training in research methods to help you diagnose and solve policy problems, and design and implement organisational interventions.

Organisations today have to deal with an increasingly heterogeneous workforce, due to developments such as migration, emancipation, ageing, and international cooperation. The inclusion of men and women, older and younger colleagues, people from different ethnic backgrounds, religions, various educational backgrounds and different sexual orientations has become an issue for employees and managers in modern organisations. To attract and retain a diverse workforce, to realize equal opportunities for all and to create an inclusive organisation in which people’s needs for uniqueness and belongingness are met, are key challenges for organisations. Valuing all talent and using everyone’s full potential has beneficial effects for individuals, organisations and society.

It is advisable that students have done some course work or electives in the field of gender and diversity studies.

General Courses

  • Gender and Diversity in Organisations This course reflects the fact that much diversity research today is inspired by theoretical and empirical studies on gender in organisations. Within management and business studies, the attention for questions that pertain to the composition and qualities of the workforce has grown.
  • Gender, Conflict and Security This course examines how gender relationships are construed or altered with the participation of women in combat, peacekeeping forces or rebel and terrorist groups while at the same time discuss how international institutions such as the United Nations potentially change gender hierarchies through their involvement in conflicts or provide platforms for mobilisation to alter them.

Elective or internship
You can further specialise by choosing from a variety of course(s) offered within the other master's specialisations of Business Administration at Radboud University. You can also opt for doing an internship. Internships are not mandatory, but we strongly support students who wish to arrange one and can help you find a suitable position in the Netherlands or abroad. We recommend the first course of the following possible elective courses:

Master's Thesis
Your Master’s Thesis consists of an individual research project, which enables you to investigate a topic of your choice in Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management under the close supervision of our expert staff. Most students opt to conduct their research in the field in collaboration with an organisation.