Culture and Identity in Organizations


Course Objective

The aim of this course is to provide the necessary (contextual)
knowledge and
reflection to enable critical understanding of processes of
exclusion and inclusion, specifically in and between organizations. By
reflecting upon
different approaches to identity, culture and power in organizations,
this course contributes to creating an academic foundation for
contextualizing organizational practices related to diversity
within broader theoretical and societal frameworks. In addition, the
course will stimulate a rethinking of often-employed concepts and
approaches, such as power, diversity, intersectionality and
'superdiversity' in order to deal with the new
challenges of the present and the future.

Course Content

In this time of ubiquitous diversity (cultural- class- gender- , LGBTQI
-, bodyism and otherwise based), we witness contradictory, sometimes
processes of in- and exclusion, specifically in and between
organizations. On the one hand there is an increasing demand for
equality sensitive measures and cultural recognition in different social
spheres. On the other, we see a growth of exclusionary practices in a
variety of domains (HRM, leadership, employment policies, or
organizational temporalities, 'efficiency' and 'flexibilization').
While it is generally believed that organizations of the
future will be 'inclusive' organizations, i.e. embracing all available
talent and diverse target groups, there is an increasing sense that on
this dimension, organizations are driving around in circles never
reaching a destination.
The focus of this course is on the ways in which
organizational processes are shaped and reshaped through daily practices
and policies that have a widely 'taken-for-granted' character, not
least constructed via the interface with societal discourses that frame
particular images of otherness. These images contribute to processes of
inclusion or exclusion in organizations, affecting access to (power)
positions - and thus to genuine change of the status quo. These images
of otherness concern not only a horizontal division of identities but
entail normative aspects by continuously presenting "others" as
deviating from
"the norm".
This course offers understanding of explicit and subtle processes that
contribute to the prominence and privilege of certain identities over
others, along with the ways in which intersections of identities become
a source of dominanation, exclusion,
or inspiration for change.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and group presentations

Method of Assessment

The assessment is based on a final exam (70%) and a group
presentation (30%) during the course. Students need to pass both

Entry Requirements

Participation in the Organization Sciences course


Will be announced on Canvas

Target Audience

Students of the Master's Programme

Additional Information

Students choose this course in a combination with one other course:
Changing Organizational Culture course, or Transnational Organizations.

General Information

Course Code S_CIO
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. I.H.J. Sabelis
Examiner dr. I.H.J. Sabelis
Teaching Staff dr. I.H.J. Sabelis

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

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