Mapping sexual orientation research in management

A review and research agenda

Eliza K. Byington, Georg F. B. Tamm, Raymond N. C. Trau

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Attitudes, norms, and laws regarding sexual orientation are undergoing a worldwide revolution. Managers and HR professionals play a key role in responding to these changes, and managing issues related to sexual orientation diversity in organizations. As such, the amount of management scholarship on sexual orientation has been rapidly growing to help inform practice. However, at present, the literature is fragmented across management specialty areas. This makes it difficult to have an overview of what has been learned to date, and detect research opportunities. Thus, this article aims to provide the first integrative review of sexual orientation research across the management field over 23 years. We use bibliometric techniques to (a) systematically identify and map 111 topics in this literature (map downloads from:, (b) identify topic trends and topic citation rates, and (c) derive an inductive taxonomy of major topic clusters. We then identify key theories and relationships in the literature, review key findings for scholars and practitioners, and identify future research directions. Among these, we highlight the need to incorporate sexual orientation as a standard demographic question in management research, and highlight best practices for doing so from other scientific fields.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalHuman Resource Management
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Aug 2020


  • sexual orientation
  • bisexual
  • gay
  • lesbian
  • LGB
  • diversity
  • bibliometric review

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