Preserving knowledge legacies: workforce aging, turnover and human resource issues in the US electric power industry


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Author: Ashworth, Michael J.


The aging of the workforce is believed to be a potential threat to productivity of companies both in the US and worldwide. High levels of turnover that may result from workforce aging could cause short-term as well as permanent loss of knowledge critical to firm operations and customer service. While there is a wealth of research regarding the causes of turnover, there is comparatively little research on the actual effects of turnover, particularly involuntary forms of turnover such as retirement. Focusing on the US electric power industry, whose employees have average ages and company...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Industry; Demographics; Management; Skills and knowledge; Employment

Keywords: Human resources; Ageing population; Knowledge management; Labour turnover

Geographic subjects: North America; United States

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis, 2006

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Journal volume: 17

Journal number: 9

Journal date: September 2006

Pages: pp.1659-1688

ISSN: 0958-5192, 1464-4399 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Michael J. Ashworth

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 87.332

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