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

Schröder, Heike, Muller-Camen, Michael and Flynn, Matthew (2014) The management of an ageing workforce: organisational policies in Germany and Britain. Human Resource Management Journal, 24 (4) . pp. 394-409. ISSN 0954-5395 [Article] (doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12043)

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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 (uncontrolled): age management / firm level / Britain / Germany / case study / qualitative research
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 14543
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Schröder, H. , Muller‐Camen, M. and Flynn, M. (2014), Age management in Germany and Britain. Human Resource Management Journal, 24: 394-409. doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12043, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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