edoc

Age-biased technological and organiszational change : firm-level evidence and management implications

Beckmann, Michael. (2007) Age-biased technological and organiszational change : firm-level evidence and management implications. Basel.

[img] PDF
Restricted to Repository staff only

378Kb

Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A4248429

Downloads: Statistics Overview

Abstract

This paper examines the question, whether the growing use of new technologies and decentralized forms of work organization affects the age structure of workforces within firms. The initial idea behind this relationship is that technological and organizational change may not only be skill-biased, but also age-biased. Based on human capital theo–retical explanations that mainly focus on skill obsolescence in association with the need to acquire new skills, the hypothesis of an age–biased technological and organizational change (ABTOC) is derived and tested econometrically using German firm-level data. The empirical results show that the adoption of technological and organizational inno–vations decreases the firms' demand for older workers and increases the demand for younger workers. Hence, ABTOC is found to be at the expense of older workers. Since ABTOC does not fit to the current development in terms of age-specific labor supply, this paper also suggests human resource management practices that encourage firms to combine the use of new technologies and organizational forms with an ageing work-force.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Personal und Organisation (Beckmann)
UniBasel Contributors:Beckmann, Michael
Item Type:Other
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:WWZ
Note:Series: WWZ-Discussionpaper ; 07/05 -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
Related URLs:
Last Modified:31 Dec 2015 10:48
Deposited On:08 Jun 2012 06:46

Repository Staff Only: item control page