Accession Number : ADA141434

Title :   Normative and Structural Perspectives on Age in a Work Organization,

Corporate Author : ALFRED P SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Lawrence,B S

PDF Url : ADA141434

Report Date : Dec 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 55

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 company's actual age distribution, suggesting that age grading occurs in work organizations and that normative and structural perspectives are necessary to study this phenomenon.

Descriptors :   *Aging(Physiology), *Management training, *Careers, Work, Organizations, Methodology, Judgement(Psychology), Reports

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE