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Age, Resistance to Change, and Job Performance : Testing for A Common Stereotype

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abstract Common age stereotypes suggest that older employees are more resistant to change. Contrary to this stereotype, we found age to be negatively related to resistance to change in a sample of 2,981 employees from diverse companies. Furthermore, tenure and occupational status (blue collar or white collar) were identified as prominent boundary conditions for the age/resistance-to-change relationship. Finally, we were also able to establish resistance-to-change traits as a relevant mediator in the age/job performance relationship. Our empirical analyses, applying structural equation modeling, showed age to be indirectly related to three distinct measures of job performance via the intermediation of resistance to change.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Demographic change, age, tenure, resistance to change, job performance, structural equation modeling, moderated mediation
   
name of conference 70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Montreal)
date of conference 5-8-2010
title of proceedings Dare to Care: Passion & Compassion in Management Practice & Research
volume / edition Paper Session 1420
publisher The Academy of Management (New York)
review double-blind review
   
citation Kunze, F., Böhm, S. A., & Bruch, H. (2010). Age, Resistance to Change, and Job Performance: Testing for A Common Stereotype. In Dare to Care: Passion & Compassion in Management Practice & Research, Paper Session 1420. New York: The Academy of Management.