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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Generational Workforce hero
    
 

This consensus study will assess the theoretical approaches and empirical science on generational differences as espoused in the popular literature, to include both an assessment of the research and statistical methods employed as well as conclusions drawn given the nature of the data analyzed. It will examine the conceptual basis for generations generally, as well as the specific generational definitions used in the management and behavioral science literature. The committee will hold two public workshops in 2019 and issue a final consensus report Summer 2020 with its findings, conclusions, and recommendations.


Upcoming Events

May, 29, 2019 - Public Workshop: Trends in Workforce Management: Are Generational Labels Meaningful?

There is growing characterizations of employees by their generation of birth in the media. Are labels such as Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials meaningful in terms of informing employment practices? This workshop will explore recent and predicted societal and demographic trends in the U.S. with implications for the workplace. It will examine how employers, with special attention to the military, have responded to these trends and to any evidence of generational differences in the workplace.

Register for workshop or webcast  |  Agenda

July, 30, 2019 – Public Workshop
A second workshop to gather information for the committee’s work. More information coming soon.

October 3-4, 2019 – Fourth Meeting of Committee
Public sessions to be determined.



Statement of Task


An ad hoc committee will gather, review, and discuss the business management and the behavioral science literature on generational attitudes and behaviors in workforce management and employment practices. The committee will:

1. Evaluate theory, data and statistical methods used in order to make determinations on the rigor of the empirical work in this literature.

2. Assess whether generational categories (e.g., “boomers,” “millennials”) are meaningful distinctions vis a vis the workforce and its practices. Included issues will be: recruitment, selection, assignment, training, learning, performance management, length of tenure in a job, and retention.

3. Provide conclusions and recommendations in terms of proposing a possible science agenda and/or changes that are warranted to better recruit and retain the best employees.
 
 

Past Events

April 23, 2019 - 1:00 - 4:30 pm (EDT):  First committee meeting and public session
Invited presenters provided their perspective on the study and the relevant scientific literature.
 




 
 

Committee Members
Biographies

Nancy T. Tippins, Chair, The
   Nancy T. Tippins Group, LLC

Eric M. Anderman, The Ohio
   State University
John Baugh, Washington
   University in St. Louis

Margaret E. Beier, Rice
   University
Dana H. Born, Harvard Kennedy
   School of Government
Chandra Childers, Institute for
   Women’s Policy Research

Brent Donnellan, Michigan
   State University
Armando X. Estrada, Temple 
   University
Brian Hoffman, University
   of Georgia
Arne L. Kalleberg, University
   of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ruth Kanfer, Georgia Institute
   of Technology
Maria Lytell, RAND Corporation
Michael S. North, NYU Stern
   School of Business
Joanne Spetz, University of
   California, San Francisco
Mo Wang, University of Florida



Sponsor

 
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and
Social Sciences (ARI), Department of the Army

 


Staff Information

 

Julie Schuck, Study Director
Thelma Cox, Program Coordinator
Adrienne Stith Butler, Associate Board Director
 


 

Contact


For more information or to subscribe to project updates, please contact Julie Schuck:

jschuck@nas.edu


Mailing Address

Keck Center
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 


 



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