Generational Career Shifts: How Matures, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials View Work

Eddy S. Ng
Dalhousie University, Canada

Sean T. Lyons
University of Guelph, Canada

Linda Schweitzer
Carleton University, Canada

Product Details
28 Feb 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
160 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
Organizations and employers are currently managing an inter-generational workforce, and the most prudent of these are seeking to enhance the careers of new entrants. HRM, careers, and work researchers have begun to explore career-related differences among the four generations of workers currently in employment, but to date there has been very little in the way of full-length comparative studies. 

In Generational Career Shifts: How Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Millennials View Work, Eddy S. Ng, Sean T. Lyons, and Linda Schweitzer develop a timely, wide-ranging examination of inter-generational differences in work priorities, career attitudes, career experiences, and career outcomes. Offering a comprehensive overview of existing research, and drawing upon the authors’ own largescale study of students and knowledge workers, this book documents how careers have fundamentally shifted over the past five decades. Along the way, it offers crucial insights into what these shifts mean for employers and their management strategies. 

Generational Career Shifts is essential reading for career researchers, generational researchers, practitioners within executive education, as well as for career counsellors, human resource departments, corporate libraries, and people managers.
Chapter 1. Introduction and Background 
Chapter 2. Career Concepts 
Chapter 3. Work Value Priorities 
Chapter 4. Career Experiences 
Chapter 5. Career Outcomes 
Chapter 6. Implications and Conclusion
Eddy Ng is the F.C. Manning Chair in Economics and Business and Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Dalhousie University. His research focuses on managing diversity for organizational competitiveness, the changing nature of work and organizations, and managing an intergenerational workforce. His work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He co-edited the Research Handbook of International and Comparative Perspectives on Diversity Management (2016), International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work: Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment (2014), and Managing the New Workforce: International Perspectives on the Millennial Generation (2012). He is Editor-in-Chief of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and an Associate Editor for Personnel Review.
Sean Lyons is Professor of Leadership and Management in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. His main area of research concerns inter-generational differences and their impacts on workplace dynamics and managing people. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Career Development International and serves as an editorial Board Member on the Journal of Organizational Behavior. His research on generational differences in work values and attitudes has been published in numerous journals, including journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management and Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Sex Roles and Public Administration Review. It has also been featured in a number of media outlets, including Time Magazine, the Globe & Mail, the National Post, Macleans magazine, as well as on CBC's The National, CTV News Channel, the Business News Network and CBC Radio's The Current. Dr. Lyons works frequently with private and public sector organizations to identify and address inter-generational issues.
Linda Schweitzer is Associate Professor and Interim Dean of the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. She researches gender and inter-generational differences and their impacts on workplace dynamics and management. Her research has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Management and Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Career Development International and Multivariate Behavioral Research. It has also been featured in a number of popular press including Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, Time Magazine, Macleans magazine, and the Globe & Mail. Her work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants.

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