Logics of Inclusion

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15 February 2023 | 15:00-16:30 CET


Highly skilled people are seen as an important asset for countries and are valued by organizations worldwide. This workforce is educated, has international experience and often possess the skills in demand. Yet, in Sweden, as in many other European countries, highly skilled International people tend to be under-employed. Many have difficulties entering the local labour market, other are employed at a level below their skills and education. Why is this?

Quite often, answers are searched in the people’s profile. It is said that maybe their skills are not exactly right, maybe their experience is too different. Sometimes too, we hear their culture and ways of working are not aligned to the local reality of their new country. All these explanations have something in common; they overlook THE principal actor that grant access to work: organizations.

In this discussion, the focus will be on organizations, and thus the question becomes: why do organizations underemploy international people? Various aspects will be explored – do organizations have a benefit in this? Are there logics at play that lead to this underemployment, even if organization aim at equality? How can organizations recognize this potential discrimination? How can it be addressed? In the meantime, how can highly skilled international people navigate this situation?

These questions along with other relevant ones will be examined with openness and curiosity at this interdisciplinary session. With an introduction drawing on research in management addressing structural inequalities in organizations, this session will explore some obstacles to the equal inclusion of international people in organizations. A discussion of these obstacles will help us see more clearly not just the problems – but also the solutions.


Laurence Romani

Laurence Romani

Management and Organization
Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

Laurence Romani is Professor at the Department of Management and Organization, and director of the Center for Responsible Leadership – both at the Stockholm School of Economics. Her recent work focuses on structural discrimination of migrants in their host society and how gender, ethnic or racial discriminations can be addressed by organizations. Laurence’s work is collaborative with organizations that want to revise their routines to create a fairer chance to all, especially in recruitment. She has published extensively in critical cross-cultural and diversity management.