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The Dandelion Principle: Redesigning Work for the Innovation Economy by Robert D. Austin, Thorkil Sonne

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The Dandelion Principle: Redesigning Work for the Innovation Economy

Like weeds in a green lawn, people who are “different” — whether behaviorally or neurologically — don’t always fit into standard job categories. But if you can arrange working conditions to align with the abilities of such individuals, they can add significant value.

Robert D. Austin and Thorkil Sonne

May 19, 2014

At its annual user conference in May 2013, German multinational software giant SAP AG announced plans to hire hundreds of people diagnosed with autism, with a target of having people with autism represent 1% of the company’s work force by 2020.1 The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines autism as a developmental disorder associated with “impairment of the ability to ...

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