Empowerment of physically disabled federal employees who use assistive technology for mobility: A phenomenological study
by Baechler, Susan Faye, D.B.A., UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX, 2009, 160 pages; 3381831


This qualitative, empirical phenomenological study focused on the observations of 13 federal employees concerning the empowerment afforded employees with physical disabilities in an organization who use assistive technology for mobility. The 13 federal employees were interviewed to assess their lived experiences of empowerment as it applies to federal employees with physical disabilities who use assistive technology for mobility. Horizonalization, techniques and textural and structural descriptions were applied to produce clear and common themes. Three major themes emerged: (a) observed empowerment, (b) differences in empowerment and (c) causes for differences in empowerment. The results of the study allowed three main conclusions to be drawn: (a) physically disabled federal employees who use assistive technology for mobility and their non-disabled counterparts were empowered equally. (b) differences of empowerment between employees with and without disabilities were nonexistent (c) causes of differences in empowerment between physically disabled federal employees who use assistive technology for mobility and non-disabled employees could not be identified.

AdviserLeonard Kelpsh
SourceDAI/A 70-11, Dec 2009
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Public administration; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3381831
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