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Aging workforces and challenges to human resource management in German firms


Backes-Gellner, U; Veen, S (2008). Aging workforces and challenges to human resource management in German firms. In: Conrad, H; Heindorf, V; Waldenberger, F. Human resource management in ageing societies: perspectives from Japan and Germany. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 13-28.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the main challenges imposed by demographic change on the human resource management (HRM) policies of German companies. Although many more aspects of business are affected by demographic change, such as changes in consumption or in savings and investment and therefore in capital costs, we concentrate on changes in personnel policies prompted by an aging workforce. We cover a wide range of HRM policies, starting with recruitment problems, moving on to training issues, wages and incentives, and end with problems concerning innovation and technological change.

The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the main challenges imposed by demographic change on the human resource management (HRM) policies of German companies. Although many more aspects of business are affected by demographic change, such as changes in consumption or in savings and investment and therefore in capital costs, we concentrate on changes in personnel policies prompted by an aging workforce. We cover a wide range of HRM policies, starting with recruitment problems, moving on to training issues, wages and incentives, and end with problems concerning innovation and technological change.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:3 November 2008
Deposited On:19 Dec 2008 11:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:44
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:9780230515451
Additional Information:Artikel ist vorher erschienen als ISU Working Paper 79, zu finden unter http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/isowpaper/0079.htm.
Official URL:http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=278180

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