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Title: Ageism in the organisation : an investigation into the origins of older age stigma in non-manual workplaces
Author: Bisdee, Dinah Harden
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 9685
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2008
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This PhD programme investigated the causes of ageism in the workplace, and in particular, examined whether it arises from a perception of threat posed by including older workers in a working team. One qualitative study investigated older people's (50+) experiences of ageism at work, and how they deal with it or defend against it. It found that it was presumed that people's careers would decline from about 50 onwards, or even earlier, and that those who wanted to prolong their careers even to normal retirement age would need to prove· their commitment, youthful outlook and value to the organisation.second qualitative study probed the perceptions by employment decision-makers of older employees, and the explanations behind those perceptions: the ideal employee nowadays is seen as an energetic, ambitious, but malleable person who will 'give 110%' to the organisation. Younger people were thought more likely to fit this specification. Older workers were unfavourably compared, in stereotyped ways, with younger workers, and were seen as a possible threat to achieving the tough targets prevalent in many workplaces nowadays.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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