Quotation Köllen, Thomas. 2016. Intersexuality and Trans-Identities within the Diversity Management Discourse. In: Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues in Organizations: Global Perspectives on LGBT Workforce Diversity, Hrsg. Köllen, Thomas, S. 1-20. Heidelberg et al. Springer.




Within both the scientific discourse on workforce diversity, and diversity management practice, intersexuality and transgender issues have hitherto remained marginalized topics. This chapter gives an overview of the discourses on both phenomena, and proposes starting points for more inclusive organizational diversity management initiatives. It is shown that both topics represent different aspects of the category of “gender”. The common practice of conceptually lumping together intersexuality, transgenderism, and sexual orientation can be seen as one important reason that intersexuality and transgenderism are rarely considered in organizational diversity management programs in terms of concrete action. Against this background, a modified, and more integrated approach to structuring the workforce alongside the different dimensions of diversity is proposed. It is shown that the categories of “biological sex and gender”, “gender identity”, and “sexual orientation” cannot be regarded as being separate from each other. They represent, rather, an interrelated organizational field of action that should be considered as being one interrelated topic for organizational diversity practices. This chapter derives this claim theoretically and discusses the consequences for organizational diversity management practices. For most organizations, this would mean a fundamental rethinking of their goals, in terms of workforce diversity, and the shaping of their diversity management programs.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Intersexuality and Trans-Identities within the Diversity Management Discourse
Title of whole publication Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues in Organizations: Global Perspectives on LGBT Workforce Diversity
Editor Köllen, Thomas
Page from 1
Page to 20
Location Heidelberg et al.
Publisher Springer
Year 2016
Reviewed? Y
URL https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29623-4_1
ISBN 978-3-319-29623-4


Köllen, Thomas (Former researcher)
Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
3534 Social medicine (Details)
3923 Medical ethics (Details)
3930 Gender studies (human medicine) (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
5422 Feminist issues (Details)
5433 Gender studies (Details)
5935 Women´s studies, Women´s issues (Details)
5957 Gender studies (soical sciences) (Details)
6423 Feminist issues (Details)
6530 Feminist issues (Details)
6532 Minorities research (Details)
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