Examining the exclusion of employees with Asperger syndrome from the workplace

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    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.

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)630-646
    JournalPersonnel Review
    Volume41
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Keywords

    • Asperger syndrome
    • Autism
    • Employment
    • Exclusion
    • Human resource management

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