Bisexuality and Diversity Management — Addressing the B in LGBT as a Relevant ‘Sexual Orientation’ in the Workplace

Köllen, Thomas (2013). Bisexuality and Diversity Management — Addressing the B in LGBT as a Relevant ‘Sexual Orientation’ in the Workplace. Journal of bisexuality, 13(1), pp. 122-137. Routledge, Taylor & Francis 10.1080/15299716.2013.755728

[img] Text
Koellen - Bisexuality and Diversity Management.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to registered users only
Available under License Publisher holds Copyright.

Download (106kB) | Request a copy

With the emergence of diversity management in Europe, more and more organizations see ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘sexual identity’ as a relevant field of action. In terms of concrete actions, European organizations primarily adopt the most common measures that are implemented by U.S. organizations. Thus, although they often utilize the term ‘LGBT’ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual), they mainly focus on homosexual employees. Against this background, this article analyzes the suitability of the most common diversity
management measures of ‘sexual orientation’ to contribute to an amelioration of the workplace situation for bisexual employees. The analysis is based on quantitative data of 77 bisexual employees working in Germany, to which a regression model and correlation analyses were methodically applied. Results show that only the internal thematization of bi- and homosexuality positively affects the working climate for bisexual employees, whereas the existence of external gay marketing campaigns negatively affects it. Furthermore, it becomes obvious that a supportive working climate results in a higher degree of openness and decreased pressure to conceal or deny one’s bisexuality at work.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


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


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




Routledge, Taylor & Francis




Thomas Köllen

Date Deposited:

25 Jun 2018 16:40

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:10

Publisher DOI:


Uncontrolled Keywords:

bisexuality, diversity management, sexual orientation, LGBT, sexual identity, workplace, employment




Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback