Towards queering the business school: lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans perspectives and issues

Organisation Studies

Speaker:Nick Rumens, Middlesex University
Date: Wednesday 4 March 2015
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Building One: Pearson Teaching Room

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Drawing on queer theory to advance a research agenda that foregrounds lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) perspectives and experiences, I discuss how this can contribute towards making business schools queer(er) institutions to work. To this end, I engage in a process of queering to expose how LGBT academics and students experience and negotiate the heteronormativity within business schools. A queering approach is encouraged in order to think through what a queer(er) business school might be like to work within, as well as generating knowledge on LGBT sexualities to reveal instances of queerness within business schools. I argue that such avenues of critical inquiry can help LGBT staff and students, and their allies, to foster alternative ways of relating, identifying and organising that transcend heteronormativity. As such, the research agenda I intend to elaborate discusses the importance of the following: problematizing organisational heteronormativity; queering organisational and management knowledge; and the role of straight and queer allies. 


Nick Rumens is Professor of Organization Behaviour at Middlesex University London, UK. His research uses queer theory to examine LGBT sexualities, workplace friendships, intimacies and identities in organisation. He has published on these topics in journals including Organization Studies, Human Relations, British Journal of Management, Organization, Sociological Review, Critical perspectives in Accounting and Human Resource Management Journal. He has also published a number of books, including Queer Company: friendship in the work lives of gay men (Ashgate, 2011), An Introduction to Critical Management Research (Sage, 2008, co-authored with Mihaela Kelemen) and Sexual orientation at work: international issues and perspectives (Routledge, 2014, co-edited with Fiona Colgan). He is currently working on a book: Queer Business: queering sexualities of organisation (Routledge, forthcoming).