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Younger Managers and Considerably Older Subordinates
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2009 (English)In: Promotion of Work Ability Towards Productive Aging - Selected Papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Work Ability, London: Taylor & Francis Group , 2009, p. 155-160Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to present some results of an interview study of younger managers and older subordinates in Sweden. An aim of the study was to increase theunderstanding of relations between younger managers and older subordinates. Data have been collected through semi-structured interviews with 23 younger managers who had experience of managing subordinates who were 20 years older or more. Furthermore, 19 older subordinates who had experience of being managed by managers who were at least 20 years younger were interviewed. Male and female interviewees have been selected from different kinds of organisations, lines of business and management levels. The results showed that many younger managers and older subordinates perceived that age generally did not matter but they recommended age-mixed teams because of different experience and knowledge. However, most of the interviewees lived an age-segregatedprivate life and socialised mainly with people of their own age. A conclusion was that some of the younger managers’ insecurity in managing older people and a possible reluctance to employ them may be a result of the fact that some younger managers do not know older people well, that ‘like attracts like’ and that there is a general age segregation in society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis Group , 2009. p. 155-160
Keywords [en]
Intergenerational relations, younger managers, older subordinates
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Working Life Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-8196Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84859575472ISBN: 978-0-415-48590-6 (print)ISBN: 978-0-20388251-1 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-8196DiVA, id: diva2:293608
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3rd International Symposium on Work Ability - Promotion of Work Ability Towards a Productive Aging; Hanoi; Viet Nam; 22 October 2007 through 24 October 2007
Available from: 2010-02-16 Created: 2010-02-12 Last updated: 2013-08-27Bibliographically approved

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