Understanding the motivational benefits of knowledge transfer for older and younger workers in age-diverse coworker dyads: An actor-partner interdependence model.

Burmeister, Anne; Wang, Mo; Hirschi, Andreas (2020). Understanding the motivational benefits of knowledge transfer for older and younger workers in age-diverse coworker dyads: An actor-partner interdependence model. Journal of applied psychology, 105(7), pp. 748-759. American Psychological Association 10.1037/apl0000466

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The growing age diversity in organizations in most industrialized economies provides opportunities to motivate both older and younger workers by enabling them to benefit from each other through knowledge transfer. In this study, we integrate self-determination theory with socioemotional selectivity theory to argue that the alignment between workers' age and their roles in knowledge transfer can generate motivational benefits for them. More specifically, we argue that receiving knowledge from coworkers (i.e., actor knowledge receiving) is more closely aligned with younger workers' goal priorities, whereas having coworkers receive one's knowledge (i.e., partner knowledge receiving) is more closely aligned with older workers' goal priorities. We expect that these motivational benefits manifest in younger and older workers' need fulfillment at work, which can shape their subsequent intention to remain with the organization. We used an actor-partner interdependence model to test our hypotheses with time-lagged data from a sample of 173 age-diverse coworker dyads and found support for most of our hypotheses. The age-specific motivational perspective that we adopt has implications for self-determination theory and research on knowledge transfer and mentoring. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Burmeister, Anne and Hirschi, Andreas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0021-9010

Publisher:

American Psychological Association

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

24 Feb 2020 16:47

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2020 01:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1037/apl0000466

PubMed ID:

31697117

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.140749

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/140749

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