The Mature Workers in Organisations (MWOS) Virtual Symposium Series is hosted by CEPAR's Organisations and the Mature Workforce research stream, based at the Centre's Curtin University and University of Sydney nodes, with the aim of encouraging interaction between academic researchers from a broad range of disciplines as well as from industry and government.
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26 May (12-1pm AEST) - Older Women and the Australian Workplace: What Do They Want and What Do They Think of Their Jobs? - Philip Taylor (Federation Business School, Federation University Australia)
30 June (2-3pm AWST) - How do I get organisations to take part in my intervention research (and what happens if they say yes)? Learnings from two studies on intergenerational learning - Fabiola Gerpott (WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany)
Dates TBC for November 2021, as well as for January, March and June 2022. International guest speakers will present.
Speaker: Professor Philip Taylor, Federation Business School, Federation University Australia
Date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Time: 12-1 PM (AEST) (click here for other time zones)
Abstract: This presentation concerns older women’s experiences of work and the factors affecting their labour market engagement, drawing from findings of the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded ‘Retiring women’ study . Evidence from quantitative surveys of Australian older working women is used to challenge myths concerning their employment and to demonstrate the complexity of their engagement with the labour market. It is concluded that most women like their jobs, viewing their working environments as benign, but the findings also highlight the problematical nature of devising effective public policy and advocacy for ‘older workers’.
Philip Taylor, PhD has over 30 years of experience as a researcher, policy writer, and advisor on workforce ageing. He has produced over 160 outputs including books, journal articles, book chapters, reports, and commentaries on issues including individual orientations to work and retirement, employer behaviour towards older workers, and developments in public policy aimed at prolonging working life. He has provided advice to senior politicians and served on a number of public committees in Australia, the UK, and elsewhere. He has won major competitive grants from the ARC, SSHRCC (Canada), and the ESRC (UK) and substantial consultancy funding from various Australian, European Union, and Singaporean agencies, among others. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Associate Editor of the journal Ageing & Society. He was the 2018 Australian Association of Gerontology Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow on the topic of work and ageing.
Speaker: Professor Fabiola Gerpott, CEPAR Associate Investigator, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Time: 2-3 PM (AWST) (click here for other time zones)
Abstract: To establish work practice and policies that promote mature workers’ successful ageing and foster intergenerational knowledge learning in organisations, scholars often want to directly test interventions such as implementing age-specific HR practices, conducting training programs, changing work design, or adapting recruitment practices. At least theoretically, organisations have become increasingly interested in evidence-based management approaches. However, practically scholars often experience a large gap between the rigorous design they want to implement to study the effectiveness of interventions and the expectations and requirements of organisations. In this talk, I present findings from two studies on intergenerational learning in which we collected data by training an age-diverse group of employees. In addition to presenting our results, I also share strategies we used to get organisations on board and discuss challenges that scholars may face when collecting data “in the wild”.
Dr. Fabiola H. Gerpott holds the Chair of Leadership at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, a leading German business. Since 2018, she is an Associate Investigator at CEPAR supporting the research stream “Organisations and the Mature Workforce”.
Before working fulltime in academia, she was employed in the strategic HR department of Daimler AG, an automotive company. During that time, she evaluated pilot interventions to foster intergenerational learning and age-specific HR accommodation practices. Fabiola then graduated from a Double PhD program in Organizational Psychology and Business Administration. She continued her career as an assistant professor in Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2019, she became a tenured professor at WHU. Today, Fabiola studies knowledge exchange between age-diverse co-workers and diversity management initiatives. Her work is published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal or the Journal of Applied Psychology. She is highly passionate to make her research accessible to practice and constantly engages in collaborations with organisations.
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The following presentation was presented by CEPAR Associate Investigator Professor Donald Truxillo (University of Limerick) at the recent Policy Dialogue on Mature Workers in Organisations and may be of interest. To view/download the presentation, please click on the presentation title below.
by Donald Truxillo, CEPAR Associate Investigator, Professor, Department of Work and Employment Studies, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, UK
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