Lessening the difference is more – the relationship between diversity management and the perceived organizational climate for gay men and lesbians

Köllen, Thomas (2016). Lessening the difference is more – the relationship between diversity management and the perceived organizational climate for gay men and lesbians. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27(17), pp. 1967-1996. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/09585192.2015.1088883

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With a growing number of European companies following a variety of diversity management strategies, the number of companies including the ‘sexual orientation’ dimension in their diversity programs is increasing. Partially explained by the lack of research on that topic, most companies apply the risk-minimizing strategy of copying actions implemented by companies which have already done more in that field. In this context, this paper aims to provide more profound evidence for evaluating the interrelation between sexual orientation diversity management and the perceived organizational climate for gay and lesbian employees. Study 1 compares Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and a German equivalent, showing that companies including ‘sexual orientation’ in their diversity programs can be associated with a more supportive organizational climate for gay men and lesbians. Applying a Heideggerian theoretical framework, Study 2 compares regression models based on a sample of 1308 gay men and lesbians working in Germany. It is shown that those organizational practices that lessen the difference between homosexuality and heterosexuality within the organization are more strongly related to positive psychological climates than those practices that accentuate the difference. Equalization of heterosexual and homosexual partnerships, internal thematization of homosexuality and gay marketing are associated with positive climate perceptions; LGBT networks and mentoring are not.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

Köllen, Thomas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

0958-5192

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Köllen

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2018 09:59

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 06:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/09585192.2015.1088883

Uncontrolled Keywords:

diversity management, Heidegger, homosexuality, organizational climate, psychological climate, sexual orientation

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.111726

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/111726

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