Let go or retain? A comparative study of the attitudes of business students and managers about the retirement of older workers

K. Henkens, H. van Solinge, M.R. Cozijnsen

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Abstract

This study's central research question is: "How do managers evaluate the desirability of early retirement of their employees, and under what circumstances and for what types of workers are they in favor of delay?" We sought to compare managers' and business students' decision making regarding older workers. We examined the extent to which student samples are appropriate to study organizational behavior. An identical factorial survey was carried out among 26 managers and 25 business school students. The results revealed that business students concentrate on performance-related individual characteristics when making selection decisions, whereas managers also recognize contextual factors (need for downsizing, tight labor market) and older workers' attitudes toward retirement. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1562-1588
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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