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J Homosex. 2011;58(5):647-63. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2011.563664.

The benefits of sexual orientation diversity in sport organizations.

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Laboratory for Diversity in Sport, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4243, USA. gbcunningham@hlkn.tamu.edu

Abstract

While sexual orientation diversity can potentially serve as a source of competitive advantage, researchers have largely failed to fully articulate the theoretical linkage between this diversity form and organizational effectiveness. As such, we propose a theoretical framework to understand these dynamics. Sexual orientation diversity is posited to positively contribute to organizational effectiveness through three mechanisms: enhanced decision making capabilities, improved marketplace understanding, and goodwill associated with engaging in socially responsible practices. We also propose two approaches to leveraging the benefits of sexual orientation diversity: targeting the categorization process and creating a proactive and inclusive diversity culture. Contributions and implications are discussed.

PMID:
21534075
DOI:
10.1080/00918369.2011.563664
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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