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Privatsache und unerheblich fuer Unternehmen? Der Stand der Personalforschung zur ‘sexuellen Orientierung’ (Just a Private Affair and Irrelevant for Companies? The State of the Art in Human Resource Research Regarding ‘Sexual Orientation’)

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    In Deutschland und Europa setzen immer mehr Unternehmen Massnahmen zur „sexuellen Orientierung“, zumeist im Rahmen von aktuell an Bedeutung gewinnenden Diversity Management-Ansaetzen. Vor diesem Hintergrund gibt der Artikel einen strukturierten UEberblick ueber den Stand der Personalforschung in diesem Bereich. Neben wenigen Studien zu Bi- und Transsexualitaet bezieht sich der groesste Teil der Forschung auf das Phaenomen Homosexualitaet und laesst sich in drei thematische Gruppen unterteilen: 1. der Umgang mit der eigenen Homosexualitaet am Arbeitsplatz, 2. das Arbeits- und Organisationsklima fuer Lesben und Schwule und 3. der organisationale Umgang mit Homosexualitaet bzw. der „sexuellen Orientierung“. Es zeigt sich, dass schwule, lesbische, bisexuelle und auch transidente Beschaeftigte unterschiedlichen Barrieren am Arbeitsplatz begegnen, und entsprechende Massnahmen von Unternehmensseite dazu beitragen koennen, diese abzubauen. Es wird diskutiert, inwieweit sich daraus positive oekonomische Konsequenzen fuer Unternehmen ergeben koennen. (In Germany and Europe Mmore and more companies in Germany and Europe are establishing initiatives concerningmeasures in the area of sexual orientation, mainly as part of emerging diversity management approaches. Against this background,In that context this article will provides a structured overview of the state of art of sexual orientation in human resource research regarding sexual orientation. Besides only a few studies on bi- and transsexuality, most of the literaturestudies focuses on the phenomenon of homosexuality and can be thematically divided into three groups: 1. 1) Individual’s handling of their own homosexuality in the workplace, 2). the atmosphere for lesbians and gays in the workplace- and the organizational climate for lesbians and gays and 3). the organizational handling of homosexuality and “sexual orientation”. The review of the literature showsIt turns out that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual employees are confronted with different barriers in the workplace and adequate organizational measures can help to overcome them. TheIts economic consequencesimpact of such measures for companies areis also discussed.)

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Zeitschrift fuer Personalforschung - German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 143-166

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:zfpers:doi_10.1688/1862-0000_zfp_2012_02_koellen
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