Accession Number:

ADA141434

Title:

Normative and Structural Perspectives on Age in a Work Organization,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ALFRED P SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

Age grading, the differentiation of social organizations by members age judgments, is widely regarded to be a universal aspect of social life. Most studies examine age structurally, using age distributions, rather than normatively, using group members beliefs. Survey data measuring employees age judgments of managerial careers were collected from an electric utility. There is wide agreement on age boundaries for each level however, employees age judgments differ systematically from the companys actual age distribution, suggesting that age grading occurs in work organizations and that normative and structural perspectives are necessary to study this phenomenon.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE