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Age and generations in everyday organisational life: neglected intersections in studying organisations
Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Helsinki, Finland.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Helsinki, Finland. (CFS: Centre for Feminist Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9808-1413
Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Work Innovation, ISSN 2043-9032, E-ISSN 2043-9040, Vol. 1, no 4, 353-374 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper highlights and critically analyses age and generation-related issues and their intersections with other social divisions in working life, and their importance for how work, careers, organisations and related work innovations are constructed. We draw mainly on qualitative data from nine case organisations in Finland and focus on the following questions: 1) What aspects of age and generational relations are articulated in the case organisations studied?; 2) How do age and age-generations intersect with other social divisions in workplaces? We work from the data in forming and recognising thematic groupings, and identify five main forms of discursive talk about age and generation: physical restrictions; retirement issues; age diversity as a strength; lack of a particular age group; along with silence on age or age as a non-issue. As such, the dynamics and intersections about and around age and generation in organisations are complex, multi-dimensional, and often contradictory and ambiguous. Building on an online survey (n = 122) and through interviews (n = 53) and qualitative fieldwork in nine organisations, we contribute to empirical, policy, intersectional, and theoretical areas and debates on age, generations and intersectionality at work, organisations and work innovation.

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InderScience Publishers, 2016. Vol. 1, no 4, 353-374 p.
Keyword [en]
gender; gendered ageism; demographic change; generations; organisational life; working life; Finland; generational relations; social divisions; physical restrictions; retirement issues; age diversity; age groups; work innovation
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Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53957DOI: 10.1504/IJWI.2016.078645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53957DiVA: diva2:1056057
Available from: 2016-12-13 Created: 2016-12-13 Last updated: 2016-12-19Bibliographically approved

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