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Age and Work
Advances in Theory, Methods, and Practice

ISBN 9780367545536
Published January 18, 2022 by Routledge
372 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The edited volume Age and Work: Advances in Theory, Methods, and Practice presents a systematic collection of key advances in theory, methods, and practice regarding age(ing) and work. This cutting-edge collection breaks new ground by developing novel and useful theory, explaining underutilized but important methodological approaches, and suggesting original practical applications of emerging research topics.

The book begins with a prologue by the World Health Organization’s unit head for aging and health, an introduction on the topic by the editors, and an overview of past, current, and future workforce age trends. Subsequently, the first main section outlines theoretical advances regarding alternative age constructs (e.g., subjective age), intersectionality of age with gender and social class, paradoxical age-related actions, generational identity, and integration of lifespan theories. The second section presents methodological advances regarding behavioral assessment, age at the team and organizational levels, longitudinal and diary methods, experiments and interventions, qualitative methods, and the use of archival data. The third section covers practical advances regarding age and job crafting, knowledge exchange, the work/nonwork interface, healthy aging, and absenteeism and presenteeism, and organizational meta-strategies for younger and older workers. The book concludes with an epilogue by an eminent scholar in age and work.

Written in a scientific yet accessible manner, the book offers a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, academics in the fields of psychology and business, as well as practitioners working in the areas of human resource management and organizational development.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Angelo S. DeNisi and Kevin R. Murphy


Ritu Sadana & Ignacio Madero-Cabib

Section I: Introduction and Overview

  1. Research on age(ing) at work has "come of age"
    Cort W. Rudolph & Hannes Zacher
  2. Workforce age trends and projections
    Jürgen Deller & Ulrich Walwei
  3. Section II: Advances in Theory on Age and Work

  4. Beyond chronological age: Alternative age constructs and their implications at work
    David Weiss & Mona Weiss
  5. Intersectional effects of age, gender, and social class on successful aging at work
    Justin Marcus
  6. Integration of paradoxical age-related actions at work
    Kathrin Rosing & Hannes Zacher
  7. Generational differences and generational identity at work
    Sarah E. Salvi, Daniel M. Ravid, & David P. Costanza
  8. Integrating lifespan development theories: Implications for the study of age(ing) and work
    Rachel S. Rauvola & Cort W. Rudolph
  9. Section III: Advances in Methods to Study Age and Work

  10. Perceived and actual behaviors in research on age and work
    Fabiola H. Gerpott & Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock
  11. Age at the team and organizational levels
    Florian Kunze & Kilian Hampel
  12. Longitudinal and diary methods to study age and work
    Mo Wang & Yanran Fang
  13. Conducting experiments and intervention studies to understand age and work
    Sabine Hommelhoff & Susanne Scheibe

  15. Qualitative methods for studying age and work
    Annika Wilhelmy, Guido Hertel, & Tine Köhler
  16. Using archival data to research age and work
    Gwenith G. Fisher, Janet L. Barnes-Farrell, Julia L. Beckel, & Kenneth S. Shultz
  17. Section IV: Advances in Practice Regarding Age and Work

  18. Age and job crafting: How and why do employees of different ages craft their job?
    Dorien T. A. M. Kooij & Ruth Kanfer
  19. Age and knowledge exchange: Ability, motivation, and opportunities
    Laura Dietz, Anne Burmeister, & Ulrike Fasbender
  20. Age and managing the work-nonwork interface
    Gregory R. Thrasher, Boris B. Baltes, & Caitlin A. Demsky
  21. Healthy aging, absenteeism, and presenteeism
    Donald M. Truxillo, Grant M. Brady, David M. Cadiz, Jenn Rineer
  22. Organizational meta-strategies for younger and older workers
    Daniela M. Andrei & Sharon K. Parker

Lisa M. Finkelstein

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Hannes Zacher is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Leipzig University, Germany. His research program focuses on aging at work and career development, occupational health and wellbeing, proactive and adaptive employee behaviors, and environmental sustainability in organizations.

Cort W. Rudolph is Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Louis University, USA. His research program focuses on a variety of issues related to the aging workforce, including applications of lifespan development theories, wellbeing and work-longevity, and ageism.


"In recent years, interest in work and age has grown considerably. Zacher and Rudolph provide a definitive volume on the topic that addresses the key challenges of today and suggests the advancements needed for tomorrow. An international set of leading scholars share their expertise on theoretical, methodological, and practical issues making the book an essential resource for students, researchers, and professionals alike."

Tammy D. Allen, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of South Florida

"Zacher and Rudolph have assembled top intellectuals in the study of workplace aging in Age and Work: Advances in Theory, Methods, and Practice to push theory, research, and practice to the next level. There is something for everyone here. For researchers, this far-reaching volume suggests new perspectives on well-worn theories and presents practical methodological insights. Practitioners will better understand the aging workforce. It promises to be required reading for anyone interested in workplace aging."

Margaret E. Beier, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Rice University

"Research on work and aging has exploded in the past couple of decades. Age and Work is the perfect gateway to this literature and an excellent resource for those wanting to grasp the complexities and implications of workforce aging. With its emphasis on theory, methods, and practice, it will be of interest to seasoned researchers as well as newcomers to this field."

Prashant Bordia, Ph.D., Professor of Management, Australian National University

"This book excels in promoting age from supporting act as a standard control variable to chief character. The long-standing call to take time and process more seriously is expertly answered from multiple perspectives in the well-curated collection of chapters. Researchers and practitioners from every field in work and organizational psychology will find that considering age more fully offers amazing conceptual insights and new avenues for effective interventions."

Gudela Grote, Ph.D., Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology, ETH Zurich

"This comprehensive book offers up-to-date knowledge and innovative ideas regarding the role of age and aging in the workplace. Written by leading experts in the field, it is a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners interested in understanding and addressing the consequences of demographic change."

Kène Henkens, Ph.D., Head of the Theme Group on Work & Retirement at Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI); Chair in Sociology of Retirement at the University of Amsterdam; Professor of Ageing, Retirement and the Life Course at the University Medical Center Groningen

"This book presents an impressive set of chapters from some of the leading researchers on the topic of age in the workplace. Beyond an integrative review of the current state of knowledge in theory, methods, and practical applications, the book presents key advances, novel ideas, and directions for future research. Overall, the book makes a strong case for paying more attention to the role age plays in the workplace and how researchers and practitioners can address this challenge and opportunity."

Andreas Hirschi, Ph.D., Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Bern