Generational awareness in co-worker relationships in the interactive information society

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Tanya du Plessis en
dc.contributor.author Van der Walt, Sophie
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-31T10:05:33Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-31T10:05:33Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-31T10:05:33Z
dc.date.submitted 2010-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3807
dc.description M.Phil. en
dc.description.abstract Although a great deal of research has been conducted on diversity management in South Africa, very little of this research has focused on age diversity within interactive information societies such as libraries in South Africa. This study will focus specifically on academic libraries. It is also clear that most of the research regarding age diversity within Academic Information Services (AIS) has focused on managing the difference in ages between library patrons and library staff members. Very little of the research is devoted to age diversity between co-workers, and even less research has been conducted regarding Cuspers as a generational cohort within the library environment. This study is aimed at investigating age diversity within AIS in South Africa in relation to its effect on work, work performance and co-worker relationships. It is also aimed at encouraging organisations, and specifically AIS, to take cognisance of the current age demographic of their libraries and to develop and implement not only succession planning policies, but also relevant recruitment and retention policies in order to avoid employee and leadership vacuums. The research findings of this study are relevant as they give organisations in general, and specifically AIS within higher education institutions (HEI), a point of reference to guide the formulation of recruitment and employment policies that would appeal to the values and preferences of younger generational cohorts currently under-represented in these organisations. In addition, this study is of value with regard to the formulation of succession policies focused on the planning and training of new middle and top management staff members in order to improve current succession policies and plans. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Diversity in the workplace en
dc.subject Career development en
dc.subject Academic librarians en
dc.subject Co-worker relationships en
dc.subject Baby Boom generation en
dc.subject Generation X en
dc.subject Generation Y en
dc.subject Cuspers en
dc.title Generational awareness in co-worker relationships in the interactive information society en
dc.type Thesis en

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