Work Across the Lifespan

  • ID: 4622009
  • Book
  • 600 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Work Across the Lifespan coalesces lifespan theoretical and lifespan-based empirical perspectives on aging and work. The books examines a collection of human development theories that explain patterns of growth, trajectories of change, and maintenance of continuities across the entirety of one's life. Using the implicit focus of these theories on aging as a continuous intraindividual change and goal-based self-regulation processes, the book takes these as a lens for examining the relationship between work and aging across the lifespan. Drawing upon developmental psychology, life course sociology, microeconomics, and critical gerontology, this authoritative reference brings together the collective thinking of researchers who study aging and working, and aging and careers.

  • Summarizes key tenets of lifespan theories
  • Draws upon theories from work and organizational psychology, organizational behavior, and human resources management
  • Applies theories to work, organizational life, and careers
  • Examines age and work-related processes
  • Provides an exclusive lifespan focus on work and aging
  • Focuses on aging as a continuous intraindividual change process
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List of Contributors


1. An Invitation to Lifespan Thinking

Hannes Zacher, Cort W. Rudolph and Boris B. Baltes

Part I: Lifespan Perspectives

2. Theories of Cognitive Aging and Work

Gwenith G. Fisher, Marisol Chacon and Dorey S. Chaffee

3. A Neo-Socioanalytic Model of Personality Development

Christopher D. Nye and Brent W. Roberts

4. The Model of Selection, Optimization, Compensation

Darya Moghimi, Susanne Scheibe and Alexandra M. Freund

5. Motivational Theory of Lifespan Development

Jacob Shane and Jutta Heckhausen

6. Social and Emotional Theories of Aging

Da Jiang and Helene H. Fung

Part II: Lifespan Perspectives on Working and Careers

7. Cognition, Motivation, and Lifespan Development

Margaret E. Beier, Brittany C. Bradford, W. Jackeline Torres, Amy Shaw and Michelle H. Kim

8. Action Regulation Across the Lifespan

Winfried Hacker, Pierre Sachse and Christian Seubert

9. Lifespan Perspectives on Successful Aging at Work

Deborah A. Olson and Kenneth S. Shultz

10. Lifespan Perspectives on Careers and Career Development

Noemi Nagy, Ariane Froidevaux and Andreas Hirschi

Part III: Applications of Lifespan Perspectives

11. Lifespan Perspectives on Job and Work Design

David M. Cadiz, Jennifer R. Rineer and Donald M. Truxillo

12. Life Span Perspectives on Job Performance, Performance Appraisal/Management and Creative Performance

Jeanette N. Cleveland, Lena-Alyeska Huebner, Kemol J. Anderson and Della V. Agbeke

13. Perspective on Learning and Training

Harvey L. Sterns and A. Katherine Harrington

14.  Lifespan Perspectives on Personnel Selection and Recruitment

Dennis Doverspike, Catalina Flores and Josh VanderLeest

15. Lifespan Perspective on Occupational Health

Antje Schmitt and Dana Unger

16. Lifespan Perspectives on Work and Nonwork Roles

Malissa A. Clark, Katelyn N. Sanders, Nicholas J. Haynes and Olivia H. Vande Griek

17. Lifespan Perspectives on Age-Related Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination at Work (and Beyond)

Jean McCarthy, Noreen Heraty and Ashley Bamberg

18. Lifespan Perspectives on Individuals' Effort in Work Teams

Laura U.A. Gartner, Christoph Nohe and Guido Hertel

19. Lifespan Perspectives on Psychological Contracts

P. Matthijs Bal and Tim Vantilborgh

20. Lifespan Perspectives on Work Motivation

Dorien T.A.M. Kooij and Ruth Kanfer

21. Lifespan Perspectives on Work Values and Job Attitudes

Gregory R. Thrasher and Reed J. Bramble

22. Lifespan Perspectives on Leadership

Kathrin Rosing and Franziska Jungmann

23. Lifespan Perspectives on Emotion, Stress, and Conflict Management

Dieter Zapf, Sheena J. Johnson and Lena A. Beitler

24. Lifespan Perspectives on Organizational Climate

Florian Kunze and Andra F. Toader

25. Lifespan Perspectives on the Work-to-Retirement Transition

Yujie Zhan, Mo Wang and Victoria Daniel

26. Looking Forward: A New Agenda for Studying Work Across the Lifespan

Cort W. Rudolph, Hannes Zacher and Boris B. Baltes

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Baltes, Boris
Dr. Boris Baltes is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University. Dr. Baltes received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin in 1992 and his PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1998. He joined the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University that year. Before joining the Provost's office, he served as Chair of the Department of Psychology.

His major research interests include examining biases in performance appraisal, age and workplace issues as well as work-family conflict/balance. His work, including over 70 publications and chapters, has appeared in many journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. He is a guest editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior and is on the editorial board of various journals. He is also a fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (a division of the American Psychological Association).
Rudolph, Cort W.
Cort W. Rudolph is an assistant professor of Industrial & Organizational Psychology at Saint Louis University. He received a BA from DePaul University, and a MA and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Cort's research focuses on a variety of issues related to the aging workforce, including applications of lifespan development theories, wellbeing and work-longevity, and ageism/generationalism. His work has been published in top-ranked journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Leadership Quarterly. Cort is an associate editor of the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and serves on several editorial review boards, including Work, Aging and Retirement, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
Zacher, Hannes
Hannes Zacher is a full professor of work and organizational psychology at Leipzig University, Germany. He received a diploma in psychology from the Technical University of Braunschweig and a Ph.D. from the University of Giessen. In his research program, Hannes investigates successful aging at work, career development, and occupational stress and well-being; proactivity, innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship; and pro-environmental employee behavior. His work has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Psychology and Aging. Hannes is an associate editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and serves on a number of editorial boards, including Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Work, Aging and Retirement.
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