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Proposing the safe and brave space for organisational environment: including trans* and gender diverse employees in institutional gender diversification

Robin C. Ladwig (Faculty of Business, Government & Law, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 25 January 2021

Issue publication date: 16 August 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore an alternative strategy to decrease disadvantaging gender binarism and cis-normativity in an organisational context by including trans* and gender diverse (TGD) employee voices through the development of a safe and brave space (S&BS).

Design/methodology/approach

This conceptual paper discusses the potential construction of S&BS and the possible integration as well as requirements of it into an organisational environment. The elaborated theoretical underpinning of a queering approach is used to build the foundation and the design of a potential successful implementation.

Findings

Current diversity management strategies are repeatedly reported as inadequate to tackle the issue of gender binarism and cis-normativity or even to reinforce them via various strategies. The integration of S&BS could offer cis as well as TGD people an opportunity to participate in the development of organisational structures and managerial decision-making within a democratic and empowering environment. Managing gender with the support of TGD employees may increase inclusion, equity and diversity of gender in management and organisation.

Originality/value

Although much of the management and organisational literature accepts the concept of gender binarism and cis-normativity, the integration of TGD employee voices through the adaptation of S&BS from an educational context into organisational management has not been explored.

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Acknowledgements

The author received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this paper and furthermore declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship and/or publication. The author announced their sincere thankfulness for the constructive comments of the reviewers and reflective considerations of Professor Raechel Johns, Dr Jennifer Loh and Dr Michael Walsh.

Citation

Ladwig, R.C. (2022), "Proposing the safe and brave space for organisational environment: including trans* and gender diverse employees in institutional gender diversification", Gender in Management, Vol. 37 No. 6, pp. 751-762. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-06-2020-0199

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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