Thomas Köllen





A.  Personal Data
  PD Dr. Thomas Köllen
  Bern and Cologne
Current position Faculty member (Start date: 01.04.2017)
Employer                     University of Bern, Department of Organization and Human Resource Management (IOP), Switzerland
B. Education
Postdoctoral lecture qualification (habilitation) at WU Vienna
2005 – 2009 Doctoral studies at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Date of Graduation (Dr.): 14.07.2009. Grade for thesis: excellent (1)
1998 – 2004 Studies of Business Administration. Vienna University for Economics and Business (Diploma), University of Turin/Italy (Erasmus Exchange) and Friedrich Schiller University of Jena/Germany (Pre-Diploma)
Languages English, German, Italian
C. Previous positions and mobility
03/2011 – 03/2017 Assistant Professor at the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations (Department of Management) at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Austria
01/2016 – 06/2016 Visiting Professor at Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
08/2012 – 09/2012 Research Fellow at the Graduate School for Social Work, Universidad Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
01/2010 – 06/2011 Self-employed Researcher and Diversity Advisor, Berlin and Vienna: Councelling and research for Völklinger Kreis (Gay Managers Association in Germany) and Vienna Chamber of Commerce
09/2006 – 08/2009 Research assistant (as stipendiary of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Vienna, Austria
11/2007 – 04/2008 Guest researcher at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
03/2005 – 06/2006 Research assistant at the Research Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)
D. Professional activities and achievements
  Editorial work
2021 - Present Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
2020 - Present Associate Editor of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  Mit-Herausgeber der Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management (ab Herbst 2021)
2020 - Present Editor of the Book Series Diversity and Inclusion Research
2016 Editor of the Book: Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues in Organizations - Global Perspectives on LGBT Workforce Diversity. Heidelberg/New York: Springer. 589p. 33 chapters. 
2016-2018 Special issue Co-editor of "Moral perspectives of equality, diversity, and inclusion", a special issue of the journal "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" (emerald), together with Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila and Regine Bendl
  Expert and reviewer tasks
2010 - Present Academic Reviewer (Journals), e.g. : Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Employee Relations, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, Journal of Managerial Science; Tourism Management; Time&Society; Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion; Journal of Homosexuality; International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations; International Journal of Organizational Diversity; Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Gender, Work & Organization.
2018 - Present Member of the awarding committee for the Swiss LGBTI-Label
2016 Jury member for the "Gender/Diversity-Scholarship" from the Vienna Chamber of Commerce
2008 - Present Academic Reviewer (Conferences), Various
  Thesis supervision
2011 - Present 48 bachelor theses
21 master theses
  Positions of trust and memberships
2016 - Present
Standing Track-Chair and Communication Chair of the SIG „Gender, Race, and Diversity in Organizations’ and Society“ (GRDO) of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) [SIG-Chair in 2023]
2016 -2019 Divisional Officer of the Division "Gender & Diversity in Organizations" of the Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC). In 2018/19: Division Chair.
2013 - Present Advisory Board Member, Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Community, (Conference and Journal).
  Experience of Leadership
2014 Project leader of the research project "Working climates for German employees in Vienna and Zürich" (funded by the Austrian Central Bank)
  Joint efforts and cooperation
2005-2009 Research project together with Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank (my PhD thesis)
2004-2014 Several cooperations with local and global companies in several seminars
  Participation in/organization of conferences, workshops, etc.
2021 Conference-Chair of the 13th & 14th  EDI Conference, Bern  
2016 Co-Chair (Conference), track: "Philosophies of managing diversity, equality, and inclusion" of the conference "Philosophy of Management", Oxford (with Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila and Regine Bendl)
Co-Chair (Conference), track: "European perspectives on LGBTI workforce diversity" of the conference "Proud In Europe? LGBTI Emancipation in Comparative Perspective" organized by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, Amsterdam (with Jukka Lehtonen)
2014 - 2015 Co-Chair (Conference), "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" sub-track of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), Valencia and Warsaw
2014 Chief Organizer of the 14th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, Vienna (about 300 participants)
  Workshop on "Employer branding and diversity management" for the 'German Association of Lesbians and Gays in Psychology' (VLSP), Göttingen/Germany
2013 Chair (Conference), track: "Nationalisms and the Workplace" of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) conference, Athens
  Administrative assignments
2011 - 2017 Person responsible for the WU Vienna student exchange program with:
- Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, New-Delhi/India
- Humboldt-University Berlin/Germany
- Corvinus University of Budapest/Hungary 
2013 - 2017 Member of the working group "Research Support/Paper Development" at the management department, WU Vienna 
2015 - 2017 Member of the Department Conference (Department Management) at WU Vienna (not during my visiting Professorship in Canada)
  Public appearances
2020 Workshop on "The Economic Value of Managing LGBTI Workforce Diversity" for Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI)
2020 Keynote on "LGBTI Diversity Management" for RBI at the Vienna Diversity Days 2020
2018Talk on career-related LGBT research, (for employees/teachers of the Canton of Bern) in Bern/Switzerland
2015 Keynote at the LGBT-Symposium in Merseburg/Germany
2014 Keynote at the Gender-Symposium of ver.di ("United services union" in Germany) in Berlin/Germany
2013 Keynote at the LGBT Business Forum, Vienna/Austria
  Keynote at the 1. Educational Workshop on LGBTI of the Hirschfeld Foundation, Berlin/Germany 
2011 Speaker at the LGBT recruiting fair (today: Stick and Stones, Berlin/Germany
  External research funding
2018Funding from the University of Bern (Projektpool) for the organization of the research workshop on "Diversity Management in Family Businesses" in Bern, 04.02.-06.02, Value: 4900 SFr
2006-2009 Doc-Team Scholarship from the Austrian Academy of Science (together with Heike Mensi-Klarbach, Helga Gartner, and Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger), Value: 260.000€ for 3 years for 3 persons
2014 Jubilee Fond of the City of Vienna (for WU Vienna) funding for the research project "Working climates for German employees in Vienna and Zürich" (funded by the Austrian Central Bank), Value: 18.500€
  Prizes and awards
2016 Research Contract (Research Scholarship for 6 months), WU Vienna
2015 Award of Teaching Excellence, WU Vienna
2014 Best Paper Nominee, European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, Valencia/Spain
2012 Research Fellow at the University of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 International Award for Excellence for new Research or Thinking in the Area of Diversity (Best Paper Award of the International Journal of Diversity, chosen out of 81 articles published in the 2011 issues)
2010 Austrian Gay Professionals (AGPRO) prize for my PhD thesis (Price of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce)
2006 - 2009 Doc-Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences 
2006 Austrian Gay Professionals (AGPRO) prize for the lecture „Homosexuality in Business”
E. Other relevant information
  Media Contributions
2021Lieblingsnachbar oder Piefke? Wie unsere Sprache Deutsche an den Rand drängt, Artikel in die Presse
2018Interview on "national identities" for gmx and
 Article on an ongoing research project (together with Eddy Ng) in The Globe and Mail (Canada ) and the Christian Science Monitor (USA)
2017Article in Österreichs Wirtschaft 172(Spring): Schade niemandem; sondern hilf allen so gut du kannst, p 10-11.
 Wir haben einen Experten gefragt, warum wir Österreicher so gerne Deutsche hassen (Interview), in Vice
 Interview: Warum Österreicher Deutsche nicht mögen, in Augsburger Allgemeine
2016In Österreich ist Deutschsein ein Defizit (Article)" in die Presse, Article on the Report "Working climate for German employees in Austria"
2015 Huge media response to my report on "Working climate for Germans in Switzerland". Almost every Swiss German-speaking newspaper wrote an article about it (including NZZ, tagesanzeiger, Blick, 20min), and several other European newspapers, such as FAZ, Spiegel, Welt (Germany) and Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland)
  Radiointerview auf SRF4: Viele Deutsche fühlen sich in der Schweiz benachteiligt ) [Many Germans in Switzerland feel at a disadvantage], includes mp3-file (Interviewer: Marc Allemann)
2014 Article in Handelsblatt: Fremdenfeindlichkeit in der Schweiz: Kein Grüezi für die Deutschen (from Holger Alich)
2011 Interview in Name it: Schwule in der Wirtschaft - Ein Wissenschaftler im Gespräch, p. 24-25, (Interviewer: Manuel Simbürger)
  Article in Wiener Zeitung: Das große Tabu am Arbeitsplatz (from Rosa Eder-Kornfeld)
  Radio-interview on ethnic marketing with OE1
  PhD thesis of the week in die Presse: Offener Umgang mit Homosexualität (from Veronika Schmidt)
  Interview: Diversity Barometer, in der Zeitschrift "Männer"