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Aging Workforce and Age Discrimination

Do we need to adjust how we see older workers in a changing workforce?

Interview Themes: Managing older workers; changing workforce and life expectancy; demographic changes; age and better work performance; age discrimination; younger managers; retirement age; working longer.


Interview: Professor Peter Cappelli from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania discusses how older workers are discriminated in the workforce. He outlines how older workers are better at performance in the workplace and a shift needs to occur in how we see them.


Paul, Robert J. and Townsend, James B. (1993) Managing the older worker--don't just rinse away the gray. Academy of Management Perspectives, Aug93, Vol. 7 Issue 3

Daily, Catherine M. (1994) In Japan, birds of a feather do flock together. Academy of Management Perspectives, Aug94, Vol. 8 Issue 3

Myers, Roger A. (1998) Managerial Lives in Transition: Advancing Age and Changing Times. Academy of Management Perspectives, Aug98, Vol. 2 Issue 3

Levinson, Harry and Wofford, Jerry C. (2000) Approaching retirement as the flexibility phase. Academy of Management Perspectives, May2000, Vol. 14 Issue 2

Maurer, Todd J. and Rafuse, Nancy E. (2001) Learning, not litigating: Managing employee development and avoiding claims of age discrimination. Academy of Management Perspectives, Nov2001, Vol. 15 Issue 4

Sonnenfeld, Jeffrey. (2004) Good governance and the misleading myths of bad metrics. Academy of Management Perspectives, Feb2004, Vol. 18 Issue 1

Voepel, Sven C. and Dous, Malte. (2006) Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce. Academy of Management Perspectives, Nov2006, Vol. 20 Issue 4 

Santora, Joseph C. and Seaton, William J. (2008) Age Discrimination: Alive and Well in the Workplace? Academy of Management Executive, May2008, Vol. 22 Issue 2

Other AMP journal articles by Professor Peter Cappelli:
Cappelli, Peter; Singh, Harbir; Singh, Jitendra and Useem, Michael. (2010) The India Way: Lessons for the U.S. Academy of Management Perspectives, May2010, Vol. 24 Issue 2

Cappelli, Peter. (2009) The Future of the U.S Business Model and the Rise of Competitors. Academy of Management Perspectives, May2009, Vol. 23 Issue 2

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