Diversity Management and the Scandinavian Model: Illustrations from Denmark and Sweden

Laurence Romani, Lotte Holck, Charlotte Holgersson, Sara Louise Muhr

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This chapter presents the principal interpretations that took place in Denmark and Sweden regarding the discourse on ‘Diversity Management’. We organise our presentation around three major themes that are central to the local Scandinavian context: gender equality, migration and moral grounds. This chapter shows the important role of gender equality work practices and how these practices now tend to be progressively incorporated in a broad Diversity Management construct, possibly leading to a less radical stance. Moreover, the comparison between Denmark and Sweden reveals the political associations with Diversity Management and migration in Denmark, but not in Sweden. Our third contribution unveils the tensions between the value of equality, which remains strong in the Scandinavian welfare state model, and the actual practices of Diversity Management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement and Diversity : Perspectives from Different National Contexts
EditorsMustafa F. Özbilgin, Jean-François Chanlat
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9781786355508
ISBN (Electronic)9781786355492
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesInternational Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Gender equality
  • Welfare state
  • Scandinavian model
  • Migration
  • Right-wing policy
  • Equality

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