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GSM 6218: Global Human Resource Management: That first Article

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Article Title:     Going global: professional mobility and concerns for LGBT workers.


Gedro, Julie1
Mizzi, Robert C.2
Rocco, Tonette S.3
van Loo, Jasper4

Source:     Human Resource Development International. Jul 2013, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p282-297.

Document Type:     Article

Subject Terms:

     *LGBT employees.          *LGBT people – Employment.

     *EMPLOYEE relocation.          *PERSONNEL departments.

      SEXUAL minorities.          SOCIOCULTURAL factors.

Author-Supplied Keywords:

     cross-cultural issues.          LGBT expatriates.          LGBT legal protections.


The world of work has regularized the practice of people moving from one country to another to accept job assignments. Travel and relocation are stress-laden endeavours. For LGBT people, the risks can be more complicated than they are for heterosexuals. This article explores particular challenges that LGBT people face when they travel and relocate for business, both domestically and internationally. The article is contextualized with a literature review on sexual minorities and workplace issues, and uses auto-ethnographic stories of three of the authors’ lived experiences as sexual minorities relocating for professional reasons in order to examine issues related to LGBT relocation. These issues include legal, social, cultural and familial considerations. Implications and suggestions for human resource developers are presented, which include acquiring awareness around the psychological and physiological reactions to new and diverse ecologies, or ‘eco-shocks’. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Author Affiliations:

1Empire State College , State University of New York , New York , NY , USA
2Charles Sturt University , Burlington , ON , Canada
3College of Education, Department of Leadership and Professional Studies Miami , FL , USA
4European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) , Thessaloniki , Greece

ISSN:     1367-8868

DOI:     10.1080/13678868.2013.771869

Accession Number:     89358336

Database:      Business Source Premier

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