Interone International University Bruchsal

Ein Symposium zum Thema “Diversity – Managing the World’s Potential” veranstaltet die Studenteninitiative The Interone an der International University in Bruchsal. Dazu werden am 9. Juli Experten aus dem Wirtschafts- und Bildungsbereich erwartet. Eine Präsentation der besonderen Art erwartet die Teilnehmer von Diversity-Pionier Michael Stuber. Er wurde gebeten, die Veranstaltung beobachtend zu begleiten und in einem zusammenfassenden Vortrag die besonderen Themen, die im Tagesverlauf zur Sprache kamen, in diesem Kontext anzusprechen, zu beantworten oder zu kommentieren. Kein Problem für den Vordenker, der bereits seit acht Jahren immer neue Ansätze im Bereich Diversity Management entwickelt hat und führende Unternehmen europaweit begleitet. His presentation covered: the diversity of Diversity, the Understanding of Diversity, functional approaches to Diversity, strategic approaches, and organisational approaches. Building upon the content of various presentations, Stuber questions the widespread focus on specific diversity issues: Differences and similarities need to be addressed and he gives the common ground of culture or language when working inside one country. Also the focus on groups can imply challenges. personal identity always starts with the self, and categorisation can quickly lead to stereotypes and generalisation, while traits need to be watched. The inter-relation between various topics is also a particular Diversity issue for Stuber, e.g. between gender and sexual orientation or between age and culture. He concluded that comprehensive Diversity models can seem too abstract, and all-inclusive frameworks may be toothless. He comes back to the different paradigms naturally embedded in Diversity: Differences, Mindset, Inclusion, and  Management. On this, he quotes Doris Ludwig of WestLB: “More than just diversity” On functional Diversity, Stuber discussed „Political phenomenon“, „Problematic Situations“, Isolation vs. Connectivity? And Culture Change or Organisation Development? The strategic linkages, however, are quite obvious for Stuber and were reflected by a number of examples throughout the conference: Globalisation (corporate reality), M&A, strategic alliances (e.g. BMW-Rover, T-Systems-debis, Daimler – Chrysler), European Integration & Enlargement, and organisational change and complexity (openness). The business imperative was summarized in the words of Maud Pagel, Head of Group Diversity Deutsche Telekom: “Who thinks, Diversity is a soft issue, is in error”. On Organisational Diversity, Stuber not only noted the various models presented throughout the conference, but also the various dynamics that can be observed in this respect: Necessity (drive, role modeling), complexity (questions covered), lobbying (interest groups), ideology (powerplay), politics (legal frameworks), dependency, frame of reference and transferability.