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Assistance request re: Generation "Z"

  • 1.  Assistance request re: Generation "Z"

    Posted 15 days ago

    Ladies and Gentlemen, greetings from Singapore; as a very mature and new PhD student I am reaching out for help from my peers within the AOM community, especially in the areas of HRM, OB and Psychology.

    The area of research focuses on generation "Z" (gen Z 1996 – 2010) who present new traits, preferences and expectations about the workplace which are, in many areas, different from that of the older working generations. Generation Z is eager to enter the workplace, learn skills and knowledge, join successful organisations and climb the corporate structure seeking, if not demanding the rewards as they progress. Organisations need to understand generation Z traits, preferences and expectations. The aim is to conduct comparisons between generation "Y" (millennials) and generation Z comparing like for like identifying and analysing apparent differences. Therefore, I am seeking assistance with the following:

    • Articles (published or non-published), or books around generation Z and the workplace in pdf or link.
    • Journal articles that identify generation Y and generation Z psychology traits.
    • Any framework/research being carried out or completed by others near this area.
    • Any thoughts or ideas that may help focus and direction.
    • Keywords.


    Everything received will be most welcome and very much appreciated.

    Barry Hayes

    Senior Lecturer

    PhD Candidate

    Barry Hayes
    Senior Lecturer
    SDH Institutes

  • 2.  RE: Assistance request re: Generation "Z"

    Posted 12 days ago
    I'm Honghua Li, currently I'm a Ph.D student in Morgan state university USA.
    I'm so happy found someone also interesting the generation called post-90s or Z and Y generation.
    I specially focus on Chinese post 90s regarding their obvious different characteristics with previous generation, and whether their characteristics with career development connection.
    I actually did some research but I also rarely find articles is this area.
    Hopefully could have a more communicate with you.
    Thank you.
    Honghau Li

    Honghua Li

  • 3.  RE: Assistance request re: Generation "Z"

    Posted 11 days ago
    Not much to find with respect to generational differences:
    Costanza, D. P., Badger, J. M., Fraser, R. L., Severt, J. B., & Gade, P. A. (2012). Generational differences in work-related attitudes: A meta-analysis. Journal of Business and Psychology, 27(4), 375-394. doi:10.1007/s10869-012-9259-4
    Twenge, J. M., Campbell, S. M., Hoffman, B. J., & Lance, C. E. (2010). Generational differences in work values: Leisure and extrinsic values increasing, social and intrinsic values decreasing. Journal of Management, 36(5), 1117-1142.

    Bard Kuvaas
    BI Norwegian Business School

  • 4.  RE: Assistance request re: Generation "Z"

    Posted 11 days ago
    Not trying to self-cite here but please read our 2017 paper on methodological challenges in assessing generational differences (cite below). Beyond the general lack of solid empirical evidence for generationally-based differences, the conceptual and methodological problems are numerous and, in many cases, intractable.

    Costanza D. P., Badger, J. M., Brown, A. R., & Severt, J. B. (2017). A review of analytical methods used to study generational differences: Strengths and limitations. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3(2), 149-165. DOI: 10.1093/workar/wax002.

    David Costanza
    George Washington Univ.
    Washington DC
    (202) 994-1875

  • 5.  RE: Assistance request re: Generation "Z"

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi All,

    I completely agree with the comments here that a very high-degree of caution must be applied when interpreting research that purports to study so-called "generations." Along with my colleagues, I have written about these issues for some time. I am happy to share some citations, below, that you may find useful in this regard, as you wrestle with these complicated issues.

    I would like to point out two such papers specifically (i.e., Rudolph & Zacher, 2017 in Work, Aging and Retirement, and Rudolph, Rauvola, & Zacher 2018 in Leadership Quarterly) where we have formally called for a moratorium to be placed on research concerning "generations" at work.

    Rudolph, C.W. & Zacher, H. (2015). Intergenerational perceptions and conflicts in multi-age and multigenerational work environments. In L. Finkelstein, D. Truxillo, F. Fraccaroli, F., & R. Kanfer (Eds.), SIOP Organizational Frontier Series – Facing the Challenges of a Multi-Age Workforce: A Use Inspired Approach (pp. 253-282). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

    Rudolph, C.W. (2015). A note of the folly of cross-sectional operationalizations of generations. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Research and Practice, 8(03), 362-366. doi: 10.1017/iop.2015.50

    Rudolph, C.W. & Zacher, H. (2017). Considering generations from a lifespan developmental perspective. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3(2), 113-129. doi: 10.1093/workar/waw019

    Rudolph, C.W., & Zacher, H. (2017). Myths and misconceptions about leading generations: Setting the record straight. In T.A. Scandura & E. Mouriño (Eds.), Leading Diversity in the 21st Century (pp. 243-278). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

    Rudolph, C.W., Rauvola, R.S., & Zacher, H. (2018). Leadership and generations at work: a critical review. Leadership Quarterly 29(1), 44-57. doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2017.09.004

    Rudolph, C.W. & Zacher, H. (2018). The kids are alright: Taking stock of generational differences at work. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 55(3), 1-7.

    Rauvola, R.S., Rudolph, C.W. & Zacher, H. (2018, In Press). Generationalism: Problems and implications. Organizational Dynamics. doi: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2018.05.006

    Rudolph, C.W., Costanza, D.P., Wright, C., & Zacher. H. (2019, In Press). Cross-temporal meta-analysis: A conceptual and empirical critique. Journal of Business & Psychology.


    Cort W. Rudolph, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Saint Louis University
    Morrissey Hall 2827
    St. Louis, MO, 63103
    (314) 977-7299

    Cort Rudolph
    Saint Louis University
    Saint Louis MO
    (313) 720-7082