Towards a theoretical framework linking generational memories to workplace attitudes and behaviors

John C. Dencker, Aparna Anand Joshi, Joseph J. Martocchio

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Abstract

This article builds on sociological research on collective memories, psychological perspectives framed by research on psychological contracts, and Affective Events Theory (AET) to develop a framework linking memories of generational events to workplace attitudes and behaviors. We develop our framework in a two-stage process. First, we maintain that memories of generational events are a function of the level and nature of significance that individuals attach to key historical events identified in past collective memory research. Second, we specify the antecedents and outcomes of generational memories in diverse and contemporary organizations. We conclude by discussing implications of generational memories in the workplace for HRM research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-187
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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