SCALING CLIFFS AND CROSSING CHASMS: UNPACKING THE MICRO-PROCESSES OF INCLUSION THROUGH THE LENS OF AUTISM JOB COACHES

Open Access
Author:
Johnson, Tiffany Dawn
Graduate Program:
Business Administration
Degree:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
May 09, 2016
Committee Members:
  • Aparna Joshi, Dissertation Advisor
  • Aparna Anand Joshi, Committee Chair
  • Glen Kreiner, Committee Member
  • Forrest Scott Briscoe, Committee Member
  • David Brent Mcnaughton, Outside Member
Keywords:
  • diversity
  • stigma
  • inclusion
  • autism
Abstract:
In this two essay dissertation, I explore the challenges faced by organizations trying to create inclusive workplaces by addressing two sets of questions involved in the important process of ‘building bridges’ between different groups: 1) the process of – and challenges associated with- bringing together members of marginalized and dominant groups in the workplace; 2) how organizations select and socialize individuals to engage in the process of bringing these two groups together. I answer these questions by focusing on one set of actors charged with developing an inclusive employment landscape- job coaches for adults with autism spectrum disorders.