Neurodiversity of the Workforce and Digital Transformation: Complementarity or Substitution?

Posted: 19 Feb 2019

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Emmanuelle Walkowiak

La Trobe University - Department of Economics and Finance

Date Written: December 14, 2018

Abstract

This paper analyses the productive complementarities between the digital transformation, the skills of neurodiverse workers and organisational practices of inclusion of neurodiverse workers. Based on a qualitative approach and interviews with leaders of neurodiversity initiatives, it identifies several ways by which the digital transformation may provide a context favourable to neurodiversity. This includes creating new opportunities for neurodiverse workers, valuing their cognitive differences and creativity, removing stereotypes and biases during the recruitment and improving the management of psycho-social risks. Neurodiversity management also contributes to the digital transformation through closing the digital skills shortage, shaping algorithms of artificial intelligence and providing a competitive advantage for firms to innovate. Most importantly, neurodiversity management provides an effective model of inclusion that can mitigate the development of inequalities associated with digital transformation.

Keywords: neurodiversity, digital transformation, work organisation, skills, inclusion

JEL Classification: J14, O32, O35

Suggested Citation

Walkowiak, Emmanuelle, Neurodiversity of the Workforce and Digital Transformation: Complementarity or Substitution? (December 14, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3336056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3336056

Emmanuelle Walkowiak (Contact Author)

La Trobe University - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

Melbourne, 3086
Australia

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