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A Conceptual Framework of Age Diversity Climate

Age Diversity in the Workplace

ISBN: 978-1-78743-074-7, eISBN: 978-1-78743-073-0

ISSN: 1877-6361

Publication date: 1 August 2017


The age diversity climate construct is gaining greater attention in the organizational literature due to the demographic changes in the workplace. While the few existing studies on age diversity climate (ADC) are rather encouraging, this construct is still at an early stage of conceptual and operational development. This chapter helps to advance this field of research by analyzing the conceptual issues stemming from the theoretical definition and empirical measurement of the ADC construct. We first review and compare ADC with other age-focused climate concepts, highlighting overlapping and diverging factors regarding their conceptual framework and operationalization. Subsequently, we consider several open issues related to the operationalization of ADC, including the level of analysis, the choice of referent, and the dimensions of analysis. We conclude the chapter by outlining possibilities for future research on ADC.



Profili, S., Innocenti, L. and Sammarra, A. (2017), "A Conceptual Framework of Age Diversity Climate", Age Diversity in the Workplace (Advanced Series in Management, Vol. 17), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 95-116.



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