The Moderating Effects of National Age Stereotyping on the Relationships between Job Satisfaction and its Determinants: A Study of Older Workers across 26 Countries

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Date: Apr. 2015
From: British Journal of Management(Vol. 26, Issue 2)
Publisher: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc.
Document Type: Report
Length: 347 words

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Byline: Edward Shiu, Louise M. Hassan, Sara Parry This research explores how national age stereotypes impact older workers' job-related perceptions by examining probability based samples across 26 countries taken from the European Social Survey. Multilevel data analysis was undertaken. Results show that, at the individual level, both extrinsic rewards and intrinsic rewards directly impact older workers' job satisfaction. At the country level, significant variations are found in the relationships between job satisfaction and related rewards for older workers across the 26 countries. Society's stereotypical views towards older people explained some of these cross-country variations. This study contributes to extant literature by explicating the process by which society's age stereotypes and the meta-stereotypes held by older workers affect how these workers make sense and take meaning out of their job-related circumstances leading to enhanced or diminished job satisfaction. Implications highlight the need for management to be vigilant in identifying and dealing with age stereotypes in the workplace. Furthermore, managers need to be more aware of the potential harmful consequences arising from negative meta-stereotypes and should implement strategies to tackle workplace stereotypes that would lead to negative meta-stereotypes held by older workers. Biographical information: Professor Edward Shiu was appointed to his present position in Bangor Business School in January 2011. Prior to joining Bangor he was Senior Lecturer and Director of the MSc in International Marketing programme at Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow. He published in a range of journals including the , , and the . Dr Louise Hassan is a Reader in Managerial Studies at Bangor Business School. Her research interests and activities are international in nature. Dr Hassan's work has appeared in journals such as the , , , , and the . Dr Sara Parry is a Lecturer in Marketing at Bangor University, Wales, UK. Her research interests include SME marketing, relationship marketing, and the marketing of technologies. She has published in a wide range of journals including the , , and the . Article Note: This research is based on data from the 2008 and 2010 rounds of the European Social Survey; see http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/.

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