The management of an ageing workforce: organisational policies in Germany and Britain

Schröder, Heike Simone and Müller-Camen, Michael ORCID: and Flynn, Mathew (2014) The management of an ageing workforce: organisational policies in Germany and Britain. Human Resource Management Journal, 24 (4). pp. 394-409. ISSN 1748-8583


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Demographic change as well as pressure from the European Union and national government are forcing organisations to change age-discriminatory Human Resource Management (HRM) approaches. Based on a qualitative analysis of eight British and German organisations, we found that commitment, scope, coverage and implementation of age management differ due to country-specific institutions, particularly government, in nudging employers and unions to preferred age practices. This confirms the path-dependency concept suggested by institutional theory. Nevertheless, we also found that industry-specific factors mediate the implementation of age management, leading to some convergence across countries. This indicates that organisations deviate from the institutional path to implement practices that they deem important.

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Keywords: age management / firm level / Britain / Germany / case study / qualitative research
Divisions: Departments > Management > Personalmanagement
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
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Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2014 09:35
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2020 11:56
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