Sub-theme 04:

(SWG): Practices of Intersectionality in Organizations

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Regine Bendl, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria

Sandra Fielden, University of Manchester

Saija Katila, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Call for Papers

Contemporary organizations have become very heterogeneous in terms of employees but also more and more complex and temporary. Each merger, bankruptcy and reorganization reassembles the positions of different organizational members in multiple ways changing the processes of organizational inclusion and exclusion. We call for papers that focus on intersectional analysis of exclusion and subordination (e.g. Crenshaw, 1992; McCall, 2005) in organizations in historically specific contexts. Intersectional analysis involves concurrent analyses of multiple, intersecting and interacting sources of subordination like gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, class, etc.

We invite theoretical as well as empirical papers that focus on intra-, inter- and anticategorial approaches. In order to stimulate creative and innovative discussion that is aimed at theorizing and extending boundaries of intersectionality in organizations, we offer the following themes and pose the following corresponding question:

Intersectional practices of organizing and their consequences

  • How does the institutional order, distribution of power and political networks influence the reproduction of the different categories in organizations?
  • How do organization members and organizations negotiate boundaries of categories and what are their strategies? Shifting boundaries through expansion, contraction, inversion, repositioning or blurring?

Globalization and intersectionality

  • taking into account among other things class, gender and ethnic differences within the context of globalized labour markets and transnational organizations and migration movements.

Embodied intersectionality

  • how intersectionality influences the construction of normative, (de)valued, sexual and able bodies in organizations.

Conceptual and theoretical debates of intersectionality

  • What are endogenous and exogenous mechanisms of change towards anti-categorial approaches?
  • What role do organization studies scholars play in keeping up intra- and intercategorial research?


Crenshaw, Kimberlé (1992): Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Colour. Stanford Law Review, 43 (6), 1241-1299.
McCall, Leslie (2005): Complexity of Intersectionality. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 30 (3), 1771-1800.


Regine Bendl?is Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Management (Group on Gender and Diversity Management). Research Interests: Gender and Diversity Management, (Gender) Subtext in Organizations; Editor of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion ? An International Journal and Editor of Diversitas ? Zeitschrift für Managing Diversity and Diversity Management. Recent Publications: Bendl, R. & A. Schmidt (2010): From glass ceilings to firewalls. Metaphors for describing discrimination. Gender Work & Organization, 17 (5), 612-634; Bendl, R., A. Fleischmann & R. Hofmann (2009): Queer Perspectives on Diversity Management. Journal of Management and Organization, 15 (5), 625-638; Bendl, R. (2008): Gender subtexts ? Reproduction of exclusion in organizational discourse. British Journal of Management, 19, (1), 50-64.

Sandra Fielden?is co-director of the Centre for Equality and Diversity at Work, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. Research Interests: gender, ethnicity and diversity in the workplace; Editor of the Emerald Journal Gender in Management: An International Journal for which she was awarded Editor of the Year 2002 and 2004. Recent publications: Fielden, S.L. & C.M. Hunt (2010): Online coaching: an alternative source of social support for female entrepreneurs during venture creation. International Small Business Journal; Fielden, S.L., M.J. Davidson, H. Woolnough & C.M. Hunt (2010): A Model of Racialized Sexual Harassment of Women in the UK Workplace. Sex Roles, 62 (1-2); Davidson, M.J., S.L. Fielden & A. Omar (2010): Black and Minority Ethnic Female Small Business Owners: Experiences of Discrimination and Access to Social Support Systems. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 1.

Saija Katila?is Professor at the University of Eastern Finland, Department of Business. Research Interests: Cultural approach to organizing and entrepreneurship, Family businesses, ethnic businesses and rural businesses, Gendered practices of working life, Diversity Management, Emotions in organizations; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board: Equal Opportunities International, Associate editor: Gender, Work and Organization. Recent Publications: Katila, S., S. Meriläinen & J. Tienari (eds.) (2010): Making Inclusion Work. Experiences from Academics Across the World. Edward Elgar Publishing; Eriksson, P., S. Katila & M. Niskanen (2009): Gender and Sources of Finance in Finnish SMEs: A Contextual View. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 1 (3), 176-191; Meriläinen, S., S. Katila, J. Tienari & Y. Benschop (2009): Does diversity management clash with gender equality? Some Finnish experiences. Special issue on Gender and Diversity at work: Changing theories, changing organizations. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 1 (3), 230-243.

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