Conference

In a dynamic globalized world, change in societies, markets and organizations is becoming more and more crucial. From a competitive point of view, it is important to explore diversity and better comprehend its complexity.

The narrative of a society or a culture is constituted by multiple layers of differentiation, segregation, social categorization and identity. The management of diversity in organizations and in society, e.g. in urban centers and their governance, has been of growing interest in the last decades. Changes in the demographic structures of the population, the migration flux, multiculturalism, the rising awareness concerning minorities’ rights, gender studies and so on lead to a complex picture of what “diversity” means. It is largely acknowledged that diversity is a rather complex phenomenon, which defies simple definition.

In many studies, nevertheless, the presumption that diversity can be described as a mono-causal matter remains unexpressed. We know, however, that a mono-causal view does not lead to an adequate analysis of diversity. It is unlikely that diversity is aligned with only one of the common variables, such as age, gender, nationality, etc.. Diversity is closely linked to the constitution of social images, social constructions of reality. The perception of a reality of this kind is manifested in many different forms. Therefore, we need to develop new perspectives on the topic, making use of inter-disciplinary, pluri-methodical, and border-crossing approaches.

The aim of this conference is to advance knowledge about diversity by disseminating new research and best practices and by encouraging the evolution of new ideas, themes and questions. Karlshochschule International University aims to enrich the dialogue between academics and practitioners, who often approach diversity from different perspectives. The conference will adopt an international and interdisciplinary approach to address the theme in greater complexity.

“Re-thinking diversity” in 2012 continues a series of conferences that reflect Karlshochschule’s interpretive approach towards business administration, strategic management and entrepreneurship, by introducing instruments of semiotics, linguistics, narratology and others. The topic of the conference will therefore be examined from a variety of scientific and practice-oriented perspectives.

The conference will be dedicated to “diversity”: in a dynamic globalized world, change in societies, markets and organizations is becoming more and more crucial. From a competitive point of view, it is important to explore diversity and better comprehend its complexity.