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Examining the exclusion of employees with Asperger syndrome from the workplace


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Title:Examining the exclusion of employees with Asperger syndrome from the workplace
Author(s):James Richards, (School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK)
Citation:James Richards, (2012) "Examining the exclusion of employees with Asperger syndrome from the workplace", Personnel Review, Vol. 41 Iss: 5, pp.630 - 646
Keywords:Asperger syndrome, Autism, Employment, Exclusion, Human resource management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00483481211249148 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The author would like to thank Luke Beardon and Sarah Hendrickx for permission to quote from their work. The author would also like to thank Chris Dodd and Mark Richards for advice on an advanced draft of this paper.
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to critically examine reasons for disproportionately high levels of exclusion from the workplace of adults with Asperger syndrome.

Design/methodology/approach – The methodology adopted involves empirical analysis of secondary, qualitative datasets. The twin datasets applied are examined using labour process analysis.

Findings – The main findings highlight the role of new and subtle forms of management control, a deficient yet necessary conflict dynamic in the employment relationship, and a reluctance of employers to involve third parties, in the exclusion process.

Research limitations/implications – The study is limited because of the use of secondary datasets. Further research should be based on primary data collection and analysis, particularly in terms of seeking the views of other important parties to the exclusion process.

Practical implications – The problem of exclusion is unlikely to be improved without considering strategies to address the challenging customary social relations between employer and employee.

Social implications – Improving employment inclusion is likely to reduce mental health problems for adults with Asperger syndrome and reduce the burden on those who play a broader supporting role.

Originality/value – The topic of Asperger syndrome and employment has yet to permeate the academic literature on human resource management, employment relations and organisation studies.



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