Age diversity and age climate in the workplace

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Abstract Raising levels of age diversity are a corporate reality in most organizations today. Unfortunately, the effects of age diversity on various organizational outcomes including its effect on the employment relationship are not yet fully understood. This chapter strives to provide a theoretical and empirical synopsis of relevant literature in this field. First, various theoretical frameworks are discussed to explain both positive and negative effects of age diversity. These include cognitive resource models of variation as well as processes related to similarity-attraction, social identity, career timetables and prototype matching, as well as age-based faultlines. Second, a structured review is conducted which summarizes empirical findings on the effects of age diversity at different organization levels and with regard to various outcomes including performance, innovation, communication, discrimination, conflict, and turnover. Third, potential moderators of the age diversity-outcome relationship are discussed which include demographic and task characteristics, team processes, leadership behavior, age stereotypes, HR and diversity management practices, as well as diversity mindsets and age-diversity climate. The chapter concludes with an outline for future research in this important area of organizational behavior.
Authors Böhm, Stephan A. & Kunze, Florian
Editors Bal, P. Matthijs; Kooij, Dorien T.A.M. & Rousseau, Denise M.
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 2015
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication New York
Page Range 33-55
Number of Pages 23
Title of Book Aging workers and the employee-employer relationship
ISBN 978-3-319-08006-2
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Stephan Alexander Böhm
Date Deposited 18 Jun 2015 12:06
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:24


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Böhm, Stephan A. & Kunze, Florian: Age diversity and age climate in the workplace. In Bal, P. Matthijs; Kooij, Dorien T.A.M. & Rousseau, Denise M. (ed.): Aging workers and the employee-employer relationship. New York : Springer, 2015, S. 33-55.

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