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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.