Carolin Ossenkop

Ossenkop, CarolinCAROLIN OSSENKOP
Human Resource Management

Dissertation Title
What you see is what you get!? Looking into ethnic diversity and professional careers in Dutch organizations

Date & Location
4 March 2015 at 11:45 in the Aula of the Main Building of the VU University Amsterdam

 

What you see is what you get!? Looking into ethnic diversity and professional careers in Dutch organizations 

 

Ossenkop, CarolinAbstract

While many professional organizations in the Netherlands claim to have specific Human Resources strategies in place to recruit and develop a diverse workforce, systematic career inequalities between dominant ethnic and minority ethnic professionals are continuously observed. In order to create and maintain equal career opportunities for all professionals, it is key to better understand the underlying processes and practices [re]producing systematic career inequality in professional organizations. In an effort to do so, this thesis relies on data collected in different organizational and career contexts and combines the individual, the interaction, and the institutional level of analysis. By adopting a power lens, this thesis explores and describes how different themes such as prototypes, norms, and scripts; the normalization of othering; structure and agency; and identities and networks play a role in career experiences of both dominant ethnic and minority ethnic professionals in the Netherlands. In doing so, this thesis highlights the importance of acknowledging the interrelatedness among these themes as well as among the individual, the interaction, and the institutional level of analysis in relation to the [re]production of systematic career inequalities between dominant ethnic and minority ethnic professionals. As such, this thesis enhances the understanding of how underlying processes and practices [re]produce systematic career inequalities between dominant ethnic and minority ethnic professionals in Dutch organizations and offers suggestions of how to approach such inequalities in order to enhance equal career opportunities for all professionals in Dutch organizations.

About the Author
Carolin Ossenkop (1981) did her PhD as a joined project of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam. Prior to that, Carolin received a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, followed by a Master of Science in Culture, Organization and Management at the VU University Amsterdam.