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Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations

Establishing the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations in 2002 marked a milestone for research and higher education. Making questions of gender and diversity an integral part of its research and teaching agenda, WU Vienna is a role model within the international scientific community. Central to the Institute’s research and teaching activities are organizations and diversity as well as their complex social contexts.

The transformation of roles, structures and processes on both a global and a local level lead to changes of personal and organizational identities and make diversity a central issue. How gender, ethnicity, class, religion, age, educational background, sexual orientation, abilities or lifestyle – to name a few – structure relations of inequality and discrimination is the central focus of our research and teaching activities.

Rooted in critical and emancipatory epistemologies, both our research and teaching is guided by enhancing social justice and inclusion. In establishing cross-, inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives on gender and diversity in organizations, the researchers at the Institute aim at forming a critical research and teaching field, both nationally as well as internationally. In addition to our scientific activities, our aim is to contribute to socio-political discussions and the exchange of knowledge related to issues of diversity in organizations on a broader scale.

Providing a forum for reflecting these and other similar questions, the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations welcomes both national as well as international scholars to join in critical discourses related to organizations aiming at crossing disciplinary boundaries.