Trade unions and discourses of diversity management: A comparison of Sweden and Germany

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Abstract

This article uses a discursive institutionalist approach to explain the different responses of Swedish and German trade unions to diversity management and their involvement in its institutionalization. It is argued that the institutionalization of diversity management is more likely to be based on social dialogue where it is introduced primarily as a solution to a socio-political crisis (as in Sweden). However, where its introduction is motivated primarily by a drive for softer regulation (as in Germany), it may undermine social dialogue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-345
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume18
Issue number4
Early online date17 Oct 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • discursive institutionalism
  • diversity management
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • trade unions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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