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“No Label Please” : an explorative experiment in organizational communication

Voigt, J.K. (2019) “No Label Please” : an explorative experiment in organizational communication.

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Abstract:This study investigated whether the Essential 5 method (De Bruin, 2018a), designed for individuals with ASD, enabled these people to perform work-related tasks. This study also investigated whether the use of this method had an influence on the length of conversations, quality of life and personal well-being. Making use of the communication method this study executed a work simulation in a 2 (ASD diagnosis: yes vs. no) × 2 (Essential 5 communication: yes vs. no) experimental design. In the work simulation, respondents took the role of Human Resource Manager. In this role, they were asked to solve the case of an employee who was possibly caught drunk driving. Their performance was coded using the Individual Work Performance Questionnaire (Koopmans, 2014). Also, the influence of the work simulation on the quality of life and personal well-being was assessed using pre-existing scales. An interaction effect was found for respondent type and communication type on the length of conversations. Specifically, making use of the Essential 5 method reduced the conversation length with individuals with ASD. While not making use of the method reduced the conversation length with individuals without ASD. Next, no effects were found for work performance, indicating no differences between both respondent groups and communication methods. A main effect was found for respondent type on the quality of life, indicating that respondents with ASD perceived their quality of life lower than individuals without ASD. Finally, an interaction effect was found for respondent type and communication type on personal well-being. Indicating that the use of the Essential 5 method improved the personal well-being of individuals with ASD, while not using this method improved the personal well-being of individuals without ASD. This study showed the abilities of individuals with ASD as not being less than their associates without ASD. This indicates a shift in theory and practice because individuals with ASD no longer need to stand on the sidelines of society.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78010
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