Part of the Whole? Homosexuality in Companies’ Diversity Policies and in Business Research: Focus on Germany

By Thomas Köllen.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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As results of an explorative study this paper gives an overview of the diversity management activities of four German companies that are listed on the German stock index DAX. These are the only companies on the stock index which have integrated the diversity dimension “sexual orientation” into their overall diversity management program by certain measures. Furthermore the status quo of German business research on homosexuality will be pointed out emphasizing research on workplace discrimination. As an outlook, ideas will be given on how future research can bring together the most common diversity measures that focus on sexual orientation and discriminatory issues in the workplace.

Keywords: Homosexuality, Diversity Management, Sexual Orientation, Germany, Workplace Diversity

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.315-322. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 565.297KB).

Dr. Thomas Köllen

Research Assistant, Research Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria

Masters degree in business administrations. Research assistant at the Research Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna/Austria. Doctoral fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Science including a research fellowship at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt on the Main/Germany.


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