Vedran Omanovic

Senior Lecturer

Department of Business
+46 31-786 14 66
Visiting address
Vasagatan 1
41124 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 610
40530 Göteborg

About Vedran Omanovic

About Vedran Omanović

Vedran Omanović is Associate Professor in Management and Organization at the Department of Business Administration at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He defended his doctoral thesis at University of Gothenburg in 2006.

Vedran's research has been focusing on a variety of contemporary organizational phenomena.

He has over 20 years of experience researching “diversity in organizations”. In his recent research he focused on practices of organizing labor market and workplace integration, as well as organizational socialization of (refugee) migrants. By using a reflexivity lens, in his research Vedran has also focused on the stories behind the stories in management and organizational research. Vedran’s research could be characterized as “multiparadigmatic”, as he has studied different organizational phenomena through the lenses of different theoretical positions: interpretative, critical, discursive, dialectical, intersectional, and sometimes in a combination of these. Recent articles appeared in Journal of Management Inquiry, and European Management Review in 2023. He is co-author of Institutions and Organizations of Refugee Integration published by Palgrave Macmillan (2020). Vedran’s journal article (co-authored with David Knights) was selected as the outstanding paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

Vedran has many years of teaching and supervising experiences at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. He has also been involved in planning, developing, and examining several courses, as well as served as a Board Member for a master program in Strategic Human Resource Management. Vedran has supervised around 90 Bachelor and Master theses. As a teacher and supervisor, Vedran’s ambition is to increase the students´ understandings of different (alternative) points of view concerning the main topic(s) of the courses/research. In his opinion, reflecting upon various organizational phenomena through the lenses of different theoretical and methodological perspectives helps to acquire a more nuanced knowledge.

Research areas

  • Organizational Studies
  • Diversity in Organizations
  • Labor Market and workplace Integration of immigrants
  • Migration and Polarization on the Labour Market
  • Alternative Paradigms

Research in progress

  • Organizing labour market integration of immigrants – theory and practice, 2017 - 2023
  • The Challenges of Polarization on Swedish Labour Market, 2017 - 2022

Teaching areas

  • (Strategic) Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Methodological Issues
  • Alternative Paradigms

Selected publications

(Mis) Managing Diversity: Exploring the Dangers of Diversity Management Orthodoxy Knights, David, Omanović, VedranEquality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 35:1, s. 5-16, 2016

Rethinking Diversity in Organizations and SocietyKnights, David, Omanović, VedranThe Oxford Handbook of Diversity in Organizations, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 672, 2015

Opening and closing the door to diversity: A dialectical analysis of the social production of diversity Omanović, VedranScandinavian Journal of Management, 29:1, s. 87-103, 2013

• Diversity and its Management as a Dialectical Process: Encountering Sweden and the U.S. Scandinavian Journal of Management. Vol 25 (4): 352-362. Omanović, VedranScandinavian Journal of Management, 2009

Integrationsstrategier för utlandsfödda i detaljhandeln.Omanović, Vedran, Bergström OlaForskningsrapport 2017:9, Handelsrådet., 2017