Organizational Stigmas: Where Now?

  • S. Bruce Thomson
Part of the Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma book series (PAEWS)


The work on stigmatization and the individual in the work environment started with Goffman’s treatise in 1963 as several of his examples encompassed the work environment. However, the application of stigma theory to both the group level and the organizational level stigma research has not reached the same level of interest from management/business academics as the individual level. Organizational stigma did not appear as a research field until the late 1980s, and it was not until 2005 that the term organizational stigma appeared. This chapter will trace those early forays into the application of stigma theory to the organizational environment to the current research on organizational stigma. Upon completion of the review of the development, I will delve into the shortcomings of the current research and theoretical development and suggest directions for future research.


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  • S. Bruce Thomson
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  1. 1.MacEwan UniversityEdmontonCanada

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