Impacts of physical disability on an individual's career development

Ellsum, William and Pedersen, Cec (2005) Impacts of physical disability on an individual's career development. In: ANZAM 2005: Engaging the Multiple Contexts of Management Convergence and Divergence of Management Theory and Practice, 7-10 Dec 2005, Canberra, Australia.


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[Abstract]: Despite ‘career’ becoming a somewhat nebulous term, career development remains a proactive and dynamic process aimed at meeting the needs of both the organisation and the individual. Although the limited literature deals with disability in general, rather than specific physical disabilities, it does suggest the relationship between career development and disability is complex and individuals with a physical disability still face discrimination through stereotyping and perceptual generalisations. There are several other issues relating to physical disability and career development which are identified from this paper as requiring further investigation. These include confidence and self-esteem issues associated with having a physical disability, attitudes towards careers and who is perceived as being responsible for career development, and whether having computing skills reduces the gap between inability and independence. In particular, these are considered from the perspective of individuals who have a physical disability that confines them to a wheel chair.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permission obtained from Raechel Hughes (editor) - Copyright retained by author.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: career development, career management, physical disability, HRD
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management

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