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Towards a confluence: disability inclusion and organizational change

Vasanthi Suresh (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India)
Lata Dyaram (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India)

Journal of Indian Business Research

ISSN: 1755-4195

Article publication date: 2 July 2020

Issue publication date: 10 December 2020




Despite increased attention towards workplace disability in global and local development agenda, mainstream inclusion of persons with disability continues to be a challenge for most organizations. This paper aims to explore how organizations can be facilitated for adapting to the need and responsibility for change, towards evolving into disability inclusive workplaces.


This paper uses an inter-domain approach by linking organization change and development models to Indian indigenous disability management literature.


This review indicates that in comparison with the other dimensions of diversity, disability brings unique challenges that need a differentiated management approach. Further, it finds a strong base for organizations to approach disability management as a strategic and transformative change initiative, aligning with some of the proven change and organization development (OD) interventions.

Research limitations/implications

This paper draws implications for disability management and highlights the need for a practice perspective towards disability management and OD.


This paper provides an integrated view of critical factors influencing workplace disability management and OD.



Suresh, V. and Dyaram, L. (2020), "Towards a confluence: disability inclusion and organizational change", Journal of Indian Business Research, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 625-644.



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