Special Areas of Interest (Guided Electives): Workplace Diversity


Meet the challenges of global human resource management, build ethical organizations, and promote multicultural diversity by selecting Workplace Diversity as a part of your special area of interest. These courses will equip you with the broad multicultural knowledge and the concrete skills to help organizations build more diverse workforces and effectively leverage employees’ unique perspectives and backgrounds.

Select Workplace Diversity as your special area of interest and learn to:


  • Communicate the value of different perspectives across diverse cultures within the workplace
  • Effectively manage an international staff
  • Develop a code of conduct that respects various cultures while at the same time acknowledging the universal values of right and wrong


Workplace Diversity Courses

IO 564 Managing Changes in Global HR Management (3 credits)
Managing human resources on a global basis requires an understanding of global staffing issues, including international assignment; compensation/benefits practices and requirements across borders; and culturally influenced differences in ethical practices. This course is intended as an overview of these issues, with the focus selected by the participant using an individualized project. Learning outcomes of this course include:


  • Managing the challenge of balancing conflicting values across cultures
  • Designing value-added expatriate programs
  • Identifying important considerations in international staffing

IO 578 Beyond Compliance: Building Ethical Organizations (3 credits)
Leaders drive performance in line with their personal values in ways that have far-reaching implications and consequences. The savvy global leader understands the impact of her or his own personal value system on the organization, and uses that understanding to make the organization a responsible corporate citizen that is a valued partner in the global marketplace. This course guides the leader through assumptions about values, understanding their impact on corporate culture and performance, and translating them into a living Code of Ethics used to guide the citizenship behavior of the organization through ethical dilemmas. Learning objectives in this course include:


  • Addressing three key assumptions leaders make when setting the moral compass for their organizations
  • Stating and embracing a corporate value system that is based on fundamental definitions of right and wrong that are somehow universal
  • Developing a decision-making strategy based on these definitions that can be applied across cultures
  • Creating a Code of Ethics that will ensure employees operate with integrity or face sanctions

IO 579 Promoting Diversity (3 credits)
Organizational mission, vision, and values statements frequently include language that indicates “diversity” as a guiding principle or a deeply held ideal. Those organizations that want to put these words into meaningful action may find it difficult to apply the principal of diversity to their enterprise. This course is designed to address the adoption of diversity in today’s modern working environments. Learning objectives include:


  • Defining diversity in practical, meaningful, and useful terms
  • Developing strategies for increasing diversity in leadership ranks
  • Exploring implicit bias in contemporary leadership competency models and working to reduce it
  • Building a business case for purposefully increasing diversity in the workforce

To learn more about the Workplace Diversity area of interest, call 866-907-4209 to speak with one of our admission counselors, or request more information.