Managing and Developing a Diverse Workforce (HRMP004)

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.


Module Co-ordinator

Dr Adelina Broadbridge





Credit value


Contact hours

40 contact hours


50% Individual assignment
50% Group assignment

The module Managing and Developing a Diverse Workforce is a core module on the IHRM programme offered within Stirling Management School.  It provides an overview of what workforce diversity is and its relevance in improving our understanding and management of people at work. The module will examine issues confronting managers of a diverse workforce.   The demographics of the population and the workplace are changing drastically because of a number of factors, and so there is a need to critically understand and manage workforce diversity not only to increase organisational business outcomes but also to create an inclusive workplace in a socially responsible manner.  In particular, issues such as gender, ageing, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and disability will be explored.  

Indicative content:

  • Perspectives on diversity in the workplace
  • Difference, diversity, inclusion and the labour market structure 
  • Understanding diversity, disadvantage and discrimination
  • Policy and practice of diversity management
  • The framing of difference in organisations: equal opportunities versus diversity management
  • Dealing with biases and stereotypes
  • Global diversity management
  • Leadership and diversity management
  • Career prospects for a diverse workforce : choices and constraints 
  • Flexible working - adjusting to a diverse workforce
  • Work-life balance
  • Dimensions of diversity: gender, age, race, ethnicity and appearance, disability, sexual minorities, religion



  • Identify and critically assess factors affecting the management and development of a diverse workforce.
  • Understand and critically assess issues that influence the well-being and development of staff in an international context.
  • Appreciate the relevance of contemporary debates about diversity management and its socio-economic implications, including issues of well-being and work-life balance.
  • Understand and critically discuss key aspects of the HRM practice in organisations that operate internationally.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the students should be able to understand, evaluate and:

  • Critically explore the key aspects of HRM practices in relation to diversity management in organisations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of  contemporary debates and academic research related to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workforce
  • Critically evaluate the approaches to diversity management in an international workplace context
  • Identify and critically assess factors that hinder the advancement of diversity management in organisations
  • Identify and critically assess factors that facilitate management of a diverse workforce
  • Critically reflect on the knowledge and skills required in managing diverse workforces and make recommendations on the design, implementation and enhancement  of diversity management practices
  • Present and communicate complex ideas and arguments in both spoken and written forms.
  • Work individually and in groups, and organise time effectively.
  • Work effectively as part of a team.
  • Develop and apply critical thinking, and organisational skills.
  • Analyse the relevance of debate and discussion, based upon different views and perspectives.
  • Develop the capacity for argumentation, debate and persuasion.

Introductory reading

Kumra, S. and Manfredi, S. (2012)  Managing Equality and Diversity: Theory and Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press


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