Generatieverschillen op de werkvloer: Een systematische analyse van een mythe: Een commentaar op Stassen, Anseel en Levecque

Translated title of the contribution: A systematic evaluation of the myth of generational differences in the work place – a commentary on stassen, anseel and levecque

Xander Lub, Sjoerd van der Smissen*

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Abstract

This article comments on the article on the myth of generational differences in the workplace by Stassen, Anseel and Levecque published in this journal. We reflect on a number of topics: Is the concept of generations a myth or a hype (no); the contribution of Stassen et al.‘s article to the body of knowledge on generations (limited); a discussion of research methods and conceptualization (we suggest other methods and other questions to ask); and the added value of research on generations in the workplace to managers and HR professionals. In this commentary, we do not just comment on the article by Stassen et al., but propose a number of alternative approaches of the problem. Finally, we argue that generational research, albeit with limitations, is relevant for managers and HR professionals, if only for adding a socio-cultural frame of reference to the discussion in organizations on how diversity in organizations can be better understood and used.

Translated title of the contributionA systematic evaluation of the myth of generational differences in the work place – a commentary on stassen, anseel and levecque
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalGedrag en Organisatie
Volume29
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Age
  • Generations
  • Research methods

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