Diversity management at the tertiary level: an attempt to extend existing paradigms
M. Gaisch, S. Preymann, R. Aichinger - Diversity management at the tertiary level: an attempt to extend existing paradigms - Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2019, pp. 1-14
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to adopt a holistic diversity lens with the aim to enhance the
understanding of the multifaceted paradigms for diversity management at the tertiary level.
Design/methodology/approach – This contribution takes the inspiration of existing diversity
paradigms used in business settings and relates them to higher education. It then articulates them in
greater depths in line with the diversity segments of the so-called higher education awareness for diversity
wheel and seeks a common denominator that may be shared across disciplines by adding an eclectic and
Findings – It was identified that the underlying assumptions which constitute the commonly known
diversity paradigms are only partially applicable for the tertiary level. It is further suggested that in view of
the highly dynamic kaleidoscope of higher education institutions, multiple, at times conflicting rationales for
diversity management need to be addressed.
Originality/value – This paper seeks to address the paucity of studies with regard to diversity management
at the tertiary level. By drawing on relevant paradigms and relating them to specific diversity segments, this
study intends to make a meaningful scholarly contribution to the existing body of knowledge.
Keywords Higher education, Diversity management, Diversity paradigms, HEAD wheel
Paper type Research paper