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Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues in Organizations

Global Perspectives on LGBT Workforce Diversity

  • Thomas Köllen


  • Offers insight into workplace issues of LGBT employees and goes considerably beyond existent literature on the topic

  • Researchers of LGBT diversity in organizations can now find different perspectives in one single book, on which they can build for future research

  • Provides insights from all over the world (including South America, Africa, continental Europe and Asia) and avoids the predominant focus on Anglo-American countries in existing literature


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Katina Sawyer, Christian Thoroughgood, Jennica Webster
    Pages 21-42
  3. Ciarán McFadden, Marian Crowley-Henry
    Pages 63-81
  4. Eric M. Rodriguez, Chana Etengoff
    Pages 181-196
  5. Judit Takács
    Pages 233-252

About this book


Over the last decade workforce diversity has attracted much scientific attention. Given the shortage of literature on issues related to homosexual, bisexual and transgender employees, compared to other facets of workforce diversity, this book opens up new perspectives on this issue. Emphasis is placed on the equal consideration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Thus the predominance of lesbian and gay issues in LGBT research (and practice), will be contrasted by an explicit consideration of the unique experiences, stressors and related needs of bisexual and transgender employees. Contributions provide deeper insights into the differing experiences the whole spectrum of LGBT employees make in the workplace in different national and occupational contexts. Furthermore, the collection offers contextualized insights for evaluating and conceptualizing organizational initiatives aiming at a higher level of inclusion for LGBT employees.


Diversity Management Gender Identity Gender Management Human Resources LGBT

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Köllen
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of MgmtVienna Univ of Economics & BusinessViennaAustria

About the editors

Dr. Thomas Köllen is assistant professor at the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations (Department of Management) at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He has studied in Germany (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena), Italy (Università di Torino), and Austria (WU Vienna). He was a Doc Team Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2006–2009) and a Visiting Scholar at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (2007) and Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Niteroi, Brazil (2012). In 2016 he is a visiting professor at Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Dr. Köllen’s academic research interests include business ethics; issues of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation in management and organizations; and national identities and nationalism in the workplace.

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“This volume is a must-have for researchers studying sexual orientation and gender identity in organizations. It is also a must-have for practitioners of various types, including line managers, diversity managers, human resource managers and executives. … this book is a comprehensive reference in terms of studying sexual orientation and gender identity diversity as well as managing sexual orientation and gender identity diversity in organizations.” (Shaun Pichler, Equality Diversity and Inclusion An International Journal, Vol. 36 (2), 2017)