Ethical management in the hotel sector: creating an authentic work experience for workers with intellectual disabilities

Hannah Meacham, Jillian Cavanagh, Timothy Bartram, Jennifer Laing

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The study examines the employment experience of workers with intellectual disability (WWID) in the hotel sector in Australia. Through a qualitative case study, we interviewed managers and WWID, and held focus groups with supervisors and colleagues at three hotels. We have used the theoretical framework of corporate social responsibility to investigate HR practices that create an ethical climate which promote authentic work experiences for WWID. The study found that participative work practices provide evidence of how WWID fit in at the workplace. When workers are confronted with work-related anxieties, the pragmatic nature of existential authenticity becomes a reality. Our findings reveal that managing workers ethically can lead to more authentic work experiences. In turn, this may promote social inclusion of WWID and improve their reported well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-835
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Authenticity
  • CSR
  • Ethics
  • Intellectual disability
  • Social inclusion
  • Well-being
  • Workers

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