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Keeping up with the times: Technological change at work - the perspectives of Swedish workers aged 55-64
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

ProblemIn a time of rapid technological change, many nations are simultaneously facing an ageing population. While new technological solutionsarefrequently introducedat workplaces, reports of ageism and older workers facing issueswithadapting to new technology frequently appear –thus creating a challenging situation for both managers and employees.PurposeThe purpose of this study is to add insight onhowtechnological change is perceived amongolder workers, defined as workers between the age of 55 and 64 (Ilmarinen, 2012), and what they find important when introduced to such change.It will be looking toidentify important aspects that are to be considered in such processesof change and factors thatmight become barriersin its introduction.MethodThis is a qualitative study.All data was collected through the process of interviewing six individuals from different industries, all within the age span that is defined as older workers by this study. The collected data is then compared to the findings made in previous researchon the different topics that are discussed. ResultsThe findings did not indicate any resistance towardstechnology among older workers themselves butmade it possible to identify some issues relatedtofactors in processes of change, such as organizational support and training. ConclusionThe main conclusion from this study is that older workers are not to be perceived as resistant to technological changeandemphasisshould instead be puton the roleof managers,and their ability or incapabilityto identify the needs ofolderemployeeswho might need additional support to fully adopt technological solutions.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167799OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-167799DiVA, id: diva2:1391157
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