Unconscious Bias in Organizations: Discriminatory Forces at Work

Maria Clar, Sara Louise Muhr, Lea Katharina Reiss, Kai Storm

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This special issue revolves around the topic of unconscious bias in organizations. The six articles in-cluded draw on diverse disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological approaches to show how uncon-scious bias play out in organizational settings and how they lead to various forms of discrimination. The articles contribute to the current bias literature by (1) elevating the idea of bias from individualist perspectives toward more contextual considerations, (2) drawing on multiple perspectives from dif-ferent research fi elds and thereby creating a more interdisciplinary understanding, (3) considering unconscious and discriminatory gender bias in intersection with other markers of social inequality, and (4) by reframing current understandings of bias in organizations toward a more actionable and change-oriented perspective. To conclude, the special issue illustrates novel approaches to and dis-cussions on the matter of investigating bias at the root of discrimination in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalKvinder, Køn & Forskning
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Unconscious bias
  • Implicit bias
  • Discrimination
  • Discriminatory
  • Organization

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