Diversity and inclusion in the Workplace
School: ESSEC Business School
Registration Link: REGISTER HERE
Start Date: April 10, 2017
Workload: 2 Hours Per Week
Instructor: Junko Takagi
Credentials: Takagi is a professor in the management department of ESSEC Business School, where she is the Chair of Leadership and Diversity. A Ph.D. from Stanford, Takagi’s research covers small group decision-making, organizational change, and gender and ethnicity, with special emphasis on the health care, telecom, and aerospace industries.
Graded: After completing the course, students can earn a signed Statement of Accomplishment from the instructor.
Description: Diversity represents a major paradox in business according to Takagi. “We need to be capable of seeing and hearing differences in order to reap the benefits of diversity,” she writes. “But seeing and hearing differences hone our discriminating reflexes and can also lead to discrimination.” How do you manage this? That’s the inspiration behind this MOOC, which balances theories behind diversity with real world examples of how it has boosted communication, creativity, and competitiveness. In particular, the course will look at the hurdles that organizations face in diversity and inclusion initiatives; strategies for how to change reactions when the social environment disrupts the status quo or comfort zones; and global cases of successful diversity and inclusion initiatives.
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