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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: DEI Strategies for Business Impact

6 weeks (Online)

USD2,000 (Online)

15 Jun-3 Aug 2023 (Online)
13 Sep-25 Oct 2023 (Online)

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Develop a holistic DEI mindset and use it to build your strategy

The concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion aren’t new, but recent shifts in culture have brought them to the forefront and shown how far we still have to go. It’s up to organisations to pick up the baton and continue the progress – not only because Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) ultimately benefits their bottom line but also because consumers now expect increased levels of social responsibility as the norm. This six-week programme will help you understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and gain actionable insights. At the end of the programme, you’ll put the knowledge and tools you’ve acquired to work in a capstone project: creating a DEI strategy for your own organisation.

This programme is being delivered in collaboration with Emeritus.

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Your learning journey

Module 1: Diversity defined: a business case for DEI

Gain a solid understanding of diversity, from the different types of diversity and why diversity matters to related opportunities and obstacles as well as successes and failures.

Module 2: Causes of discrimination: individual and organisational factors

Explore cognitive and behavioural biases, including five major organisational practices that hinder diversity and three myths that stand in its way.

Module 3: Diversifying your workforce – micro-level strategies

Learn the essentials of crafting inclusive job ads and unbiased interview protocols, and get a comprehensive look at the evaluation process, including compensation, promotion and performance reviews.

Module 4: Why data should drive your DEI strategy

Take a deeper dive into data, with a focus on bias-free assessments, evaluating DEI in your organisation and using data for personnel decisions.

Module 5: Diversifying your workforce – organisational factors

On their own, diversity trainings are insufficient to effect meaningful organisational change. Explore complementary strategies including engagement, contact, focus, accountability and transparency.

Module 6: Designing DEI strategy in your organisation

Discover how to design, communicate and implement DEI strategy while avoiding resistance from the majority (and unintended negative consequences) and building allyship.

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  • Build a sustainable DEI strategy which leads to a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace
  • Discover different ways to build actionable and measurable DEI goals
  • Drive business value by implementing a sound DEI strategy across your organisation
  • Improve the perception of the business and brand for stakeholders that can bring in increased revenue, more customers, and higher profits
  • Provide new DEI frameworks to your stakeholders looking to build a diverse workforce
  • On completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.
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This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School’s global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Diversity, equity and inclusion is not just a numbers game. Numbers matter, but how those numbers came to be, and how they work with each other is quite possibly even more important. So for the success of your DEI strategy, you should of course achieve a high level of Diversity (the D); but adopt a fair and equitable treatment for all people (the E), And don’t neglect the Inclusion of everyone (the I). This course will equip you to do so by using all we know about how the mind works, how implicit biases influence decisions and outcomes, and how to design and implement the right set of policies at the organisational level by involving everyone. At the end, you will have a comprehensive view of the topic and all the levers in hand to build diversity and cultivate inclusivity in your teams and in your company.
Lionel Paolella, Associate Professor in Strategy & Organisation

Faculty & speakers

Learn from our world-class faculty who bring fresh insights from their leading-edge research into all of our Executive Education programmes.

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Programme format

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Our fully online programmes run over the course of multiple weeks, allowing you the greatest level of flexibility as to where and when you study. The learning is carefully structured in weekly components through a mix of curated videos, live webinars with Cambridge faculty plus Q&A sessions with Live Chat, assignments and discussions. Individual support is available through course Leaders and a dedicated Programme Support Team.

Our online programmes are delivered in collaboration with either Eruditus Executive Education or the Emeritus Institute of Management.

Who should attend?

  • Senior managers and C-suite executives looking to diversify their workforce, and find value in turning DEI initiatives into a strategic organisational priority
  • HR specialists, recruiters, talent managers, advisers and managers in the DEI space, looking to cultivate inclusivity in their teams and companies
  • Functional mid-level managers looking to harness leadership tools, communication strategies and metrics for a diverse team
  • Consultants tasked with the responsibility of developing a diversity strategy of an organisation.

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Why Cambridge Judge Business School?

Cambridge Judge faculty

All of our programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director, who is a member of Cambridge Judge Business School faculty. They will also deliver substantial portions of that programme.

Leading-edge research

The research conducted by Cambridge Judge Business School’s 20 research centres, across a diverse range of disciplines, flows directly into all of our programmes, bringing new insights to our programme content.

Small group learning

With small class sizes, we continue the Cambridge way of learning that emphasises high levels of interaction with both our world-class faculty and peers.

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USD2,000 (Online)

Please note prices pre-registration are submit to change.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the Open Programmes team:

[email protected]

Additional information

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

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