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Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  Perspectives on Science and Practice

Generationally Based Differences in the Workplace: Is There a There There?
by David P. Costanza and Lisa M. Finkelstein


Volume 8  Issue 3

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Commentaries are due
April 10, 2015


Stereotypes about generational differences in the workplace abound, and interventions for helping organizations and managers to deal with these supposed differences are increasing. In addition to popular press pieces describing the differences and extolling practices and strategies to deal with them, there is a growing body of academic researchers attempting to establish that there are such differences. Overall, however, there is little solid empirical evidence supporting generationally based differences and almost no theory behind why such differences should even exist. The purpose of this focal article is to explore the myths surrounding generations, to review the risks in using generations in organizational decisions, and to make recommendations for practitioners and researchers on how to proceed in this area.



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