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Age and technology innovation in the workplace: Does work context matter?

Authors
Journal
Computers in Human Behavior
0747-5632
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2011.01.011
Keywords
  • Age
  • Organizational Climate
  • Technology
  • Implementation

Abstract

Abstract Two workplace trends will become increasingly important in years to come: reliance on information technology (IT) and workforce aging. This study explores the influence of workplace context on employee reactions to the implementation of a new IT initiative to better understand innovation enhancers and inhibitors. Employees from multiple workplace departments completed a questionnaire that assessed their reactions to the implementation. Age-based differences and contextual influences were estimated to predict satisfaction with the implementation process. Hierarchical linear models indicate that younger workers reported less satisfaction than older workers—an effect that was more pronounced in relatively young departments. These findings challenge ageist notions and emphasize the role of context on attitudes formation. Multi-institutional and multilevel field-setting data are rare making this a unique research contribution.

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