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Last Lecture – Dealing with diversity: A 40-year journey *

In his lecture Fons van de Vijver will focus on ethnic diversity from the realistic perspective that diversity is a given state of things. Studying the difference why some companies and countries are better able to use diversity is the relevant issue here. So, can a diversity climate enhance the well-being and learning results of students? (language: English)

Program information
Date Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time 16:00- 17:30
Location Black Box, Esplanade Building, Tilburg University
Admission free
Guest Fons van de Vijver, professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology (Tilburg University)
Organization Extra Muros-Last Lecture Committee , Academic Forum
Contact Luc Jeurissen
*Certificate This activity may count towards the Academic Forum Certificate

Diversity has been studied for many years. Diversity is usually defined in terms of demographic characteristics such as gender, age and ethnicity. My presentation will mainly focus on ethnic diversity. I will argue that much work is based on a micro-perspective on diversity, where a macro-perspective is more fruitful. A good example of the micro-perspective is the large number of studies dealing with the question whether heterogeneous teams are less or more efficient than homogenous teams. A more realistic perspective would be to start from diversity as a given and understand the “diversity of diversity”. Why are some companies better able to use their diversity than others? The same for countries. I will illustrate the relevance of diversity climate for (among other things) the well-being and learning results of students, the satisfaction and efficiency of workers, and the health of immigrants

Fons van de Vijver is psychologist and professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University, known for his work on cross-cultural research and on "methods and data analysis of comparative research".

A 'last lecture' is a lecture in which a professor or expert lectures a group of students as if it was its last lecture. This Last Lecture is organized by Academic Forum, in cooperation with Extra Muros-Last Lecture Committee.

When: 20 March 2018 16:00

End date: 20 March 2018 17:30