The United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities is Dec. 3. This year’s theme is “transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.” Here are some relevant findings by AOM scholars:
Three Benefits of Employees with Disabilities Serving Customers
Employing people with disabilities is not just the right thing to do—it promotes corporate social responsibility and leads to favorable reputation effects for organizations.
The Sharing Economy Can Turn Back the Clock on Equal Access
U.S. legislators need to keep pace with Internet technology to prevent sharing economy businesses from circumventing the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, according to an Academy of Management Discoveries article.
Disabilities Can Weaken Supervisors’ Perceived Status
AOM scholars discover that when supervisors and subordinates both had disabilities, or when neither had disabilities, their relationships were fine. But when a supervisor had a disability and the subordinate did not, or vice versa, they reported poorer relationships.
Why Diverse Workplaces Remain Elusive (video)
Despite the billions of dollars U.S. companies spend on diversity programs each year, current strategies will not necessarily achieve their goals. Programs designed to increase the number of hires, promotions, or pay raises among people with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities, women, immigrants, and LGBT or poor people fail to hit the mark, an Academy of Management Review article shows.
Promoting Human Rights under Authoritarian Regimes
In democratic societies, new organizations addressing social causes need to create as much buzz as possible about themselves to grow. But social ventures under authoritarian regimes need to take a different approach, according to AOM scholars who studied a new human rights organization in Egypt, where disabled people face job discrimination.