Workers live two overlapping lives, at work and outside work. The spillover of favourable workplace experiences into non-work domains of life means that the workplace can be a means by which organisational members who experience network poverty arising from adverse social factors can overcome social exclusion. Social acceptance and interaction data from 105 adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities working in eight social enterprises in the UK and Ireland is examined to establish the link between organisation culture and workplace social integration. In this study organisation cultures in which user/worker-involvement in management and control decision-making is emphasised seem to engender a positive influence on the social interaction experiences of members with learning disabilities in work and non-work domains of life, having regard to difference in demographic factors, employment characteristics, country of residence, and level of disability. The study accentuates the importance of workplace democracy in enhancing the quality of life of working adults with learning disabilities, who might otherwise be disenfranchised in numerous areas of life.
Mukolo, A., Briscoe, R. and Salim, A. (2006), "Positive Externalities of Organisation Culture: The Social Integration of Working Adults with Learning Disabilities", Kalmi, P. and Klinedinst, M. (Ed.) Participation in the Age of Globalization and Information (Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory & Labor-Managed Firms, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 265-296. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0885-3339(05)09009-5
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