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Symposium: Cross-National Variation in Work Outcomes amongst Older Adults: The Generations of Talent Study

18 November 2011—On November 21, Researchers from the Sloan Center will present a series of papers based on the Generations of Talent Study (GOT) at the Gerontological Society of America’s 64th Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston (Nov 18-22). The Sloan Center on Aging & Work (SCAW) at Boston College collaborated with 7 multinational companies operating in 11 different countries around the world (Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Botswana, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States) to conduct the Generations of Talent Study (GOT). This study collected data from over 11,000 employees on several dimensions of quality of employment as experienced by today’s multigenerational workforces. The papers presented in this symposium are based on the data collected for this study.

The first presentation in this symposium provides an overview of the study aims, design, and methods. The second through fourth presentations focus on analytical papers based on the GOT data. The primary aim of these papers is to explore cross-national variation in work outcomes—specifically job satisfaction, work engagement, and work embracement—among older adults. Findings reveal interesting differences and similarities within and across employee, organizational and national contexts.

Presentation # 1:

Title: The Generations of Talent Study: Study Design and Methods
Presenters: Rene Carapinha (presenter), Natasha Sarkisian, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes

Presentation # 2:

Title: Variations across Worksites in Relationships with Job Satisfaction for Multi-National Organizations
Presenters: Elyssa Besen (presenter), Christina Matz-Costa, and Rucha Bhate

Presentation # 3:

Title: Critical Job Resources to Promote Work Engagement among Older Employees
Presenters: Jungui Lee (presenter) and Rene Carapinha

Presentation # 4:

Title: The Embracement of Work in Older Adulthood: The Impact of Jobs, Organizations, and Cultural Contexts
Presenters: Christina Matz-Costa (presenter), Stephen Sweet, and Marcie Pitt-Castouphes

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