DANDELION MANAGEMENT MODELS’ ACROSS DIFFERENT NATIONAL CULTURES

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DANDELION MANAGEMENT MODELS’ ACROSS DIFFERENT NATIONAL CULTURES

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Title: DANDELION MANAGEMENT MODELS’ ACROSS DIFFERENT NATIONAL CULTURES
Exploring how hi-tech companies integrate skilled autistic people into their workforce and in different national contexts
Author: Covello, Alessia
Abstract: Several companies are hiring people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are often people with behavioral atypicalities in social interaction and communication. Those companies declare that some people with ASD are the talents that they need in their companies and that they are showing outstanding performances. In order to integrate people with ASD into their workforce, those companies are investing resources in dedicated programs (dandelion management models). This thesis explores characteristics (such as managerial and operational implications, investments and benefits) of dandelion management models implemented in different countries. Furthermore, it explores how different national cultures can affect the implementation of dandelion management models. This thesis explores characteristics (such as managerial and operational implications, investments and benefits) of dandelion management models implemented in different countries. Furthermore, it explores how different national cultures can affect the implementation of dandelion management models. Through its exploration, this thesis provides concrete knowledge to managers, so they can consider opportunities and implications associated with dandelion management models. Moreover, knowledge about the influence of national cultures can help managers to adapt dandelion management models to the specific geographical context of their companies. To develop the research process, this thesis adopted a multiple-case study strategy - studying five real cases of dandelion management models across Australia, Spain and USA - and a combination of different qualitative data sources. Methods ensure credibility of the findings. Findings suggest that dandelion management models are aligned with company’s business, performance goals and strategy. Therefore, they require and imply that senior management is committed and reflects about how to adapt job vacancies to talents and needs of new employees with ASD. Findings suggest that dandelion management models are aligned with company’s business, performance goals and strategy. Therefore, they require and imply that senior management is committed and reflects about how to adapt job vacancies to talents and needs of new employees with ASD. Main investments associated with dandelion management models are for example in the recruitment and selection process, and in a thorough assessment of the skills of people with ASD. Dandelion management models usually combine job training and social skills training for employees with ASD, together with team building activities and training for supervisors and co-workers. Benefits identified are often in terms of higher productivity, lower churn rate, acquisition of talented employees, customer satisfaction, team engagement, better communication, increase of company of morale. Cultures characterized by strong hierarchies and resistance to change are found to hinder dandelion management models.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10417/5869
Date: 2016-05-30
Pages: 110 s.
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