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Preparing leaders for the multi-generational workforce

Preparing leaders for the multi-generational workforce PurposeThis paper advocates the need for educational leadership to understand and consider the immediate role and challenges associated with the unique values and characteristics of an age-diverse population and their impact on teaching and the facilitation of learning.Design/methodology/approachThe paper draws on the review of the generational and diversity literatures and related organizational best practices to identify key definitions and empirical findings and to develop recommendations which can be deployed in future research and practice in different types of organizational settings. FindingsThis paper provides insights into how organizational leaders can promote a multicultural environment that leverages multi-generational differences. Also, the present study offers innovative pedagogical approaches that can help better prepare future business leaders for these challenges.Research limitations/implicationsThe study attempts to reignite the debate through a detailed review that describes the current understanding of generational differences amongst four generational cohorts. Given the research approach, the recommendations may lack generalizability. Practical implicationsThis paper advocates the need to understand generational differences in order to manage the challenges associated with differences in attitudes, values and preferences regarding leadership, Human Resource practices and organizational change initiatives.Originality/valueThis paper enhances knowledge and understanding at the theoretical and practical levels enabling business leaders and faculty to gain insight regarding the generational differences and unique characteristics of four organizational workgroups – Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1750-6204
DOI
10.1108/JEC-08-2013-0025
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper advocates the need for educational leadership to understand and consider the immediate role and challenges associated with the unique values and characteristics of an age-diverse population and their impact on teaching and the facilitation of learning.Design/methodology/approachThe paper draws on the review of the generational and diversity literatures and related organizational best practices to identify key definitions and empirical findings and to develop recommendations which can be deployed in future research and practice in different types of organizational settings. FindingsThis paper provides insights into how organizational leaders can promote a multicultural environment that leverages multi-generational differences. Also, the present study offers innovative pedagogical approaches that can help better prepare future business leaders for these challenges.Research limitations/implicationsThe study attempts to reignite the debate through a detailed review that describes the current understanding of generational differences amongst four generational cohorts. Given the research approach, the recommendations may lack generalizability. Practical implicationsThis paper advocates the need to understand generational differences in order to manage the challenges associated with differences in attitudes, values and preferences regarding leadership, Human Resource practices and organizational change initiatives.Originality/valueThis paper enhances knowledge and understanding at the theoretical and practical levels enabling business leaders and faculty to gain insight regarding the generational differences and unique characteristics of four organizational workgroups – Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y.

Journal

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global EconomyEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 8, 2016

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