Accession Number:

ADA128535

Title:

Age Grading: The Implicit Organizational Timetable.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ALFRED P SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The age distribution within an organization forms an implicit career timetable, and there is evidence that people use their perceptions of this timetable to determine whether their careers are on or off schedule. Questionnaire data collected from 488 managers indicate that agers who see themselves as behind time in their careers have more negative attitudes towards work than other managers, even when these perceptions are inaccurate. The longer managers remain in the same job, the more likely they are to define themselves as behind time. This supports other research suggesting that lateral moves within organizations may be an important device for managing normal limitations of upward movement. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE