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An Investigation of Generational Values in the Workplace: Divergence, Convergence, and Implications for Leadership
International Leadership Journal
  • Regina A. Greenwood, Nova Southeastern University
  • Jane Whitney Gibson
  • Edward F. Murphy
Document Type
Article
Date
1-1-2008
ISSN or ISBN
1554-3145
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Description
This research explored intergenerational value differences of 5,057 working adults classified as Generation Y (millennium generation), Generation X, and Baby Boomers in the United States with a focus on divergence and convergence of values and the implications for leaders. Using the Rokeach Value Survey, the results indicate significant statistical differences in the terminal and instrumental values of the generations, supporting the popular opinion that members of each generation display different attitudes and behaviors in the workplace and must therefore be led differently. At the same time, the results also indicate areas of convergence in some values. Limitations and suggestions for further research are also presented.
Citation Information
Regina A. Greenwood, Jane Whitney Gibson and Edward F. Murphy. "An Investigation of Generational Values in the Workplace: Divergence, Convergence, and Implications for Leadership" International Leadership Journal Vol. 1 Iss. 11 (2008) p. 57 - 77
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/regina-greenwood/22/