Professor age and research assistant ratings of passive-avoidant and proactive leadership: the role of age-related work concerns and age stereotypes

Zacher, Hannes and Bal, P. Matthijs (2012) Professor age and research assistant ratings of passive-avoidant and proactive leadership: the role of age-related work concerns and age stereotypes. Studies in Higher Education, 37 (7). pp. 875-896. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

Recent research has shown that, in general, older professors are rated to have more
passive-avoidant leadership styles than younger professors by their research
assistants. The current study investigated professors’ age-related work concerns
and research assistants’ favorable age stereotypes as possible explanations for
this finding. Data came from 128 university professors paired to one research
assistant each. Results show that professors’ age-related work concerns
(decreased enthusiasm for research, growing humanism, development of exiting
consciousness and increased follower empowerment) did not explain the
relationships between professor age and research assistant ratings of passiveavoidant
and proactive leadership. However, research assistants’ favorable age
stereotypes influenced the relationships between professor age and research
assistant ratings of leadership, such that older professors were rated as more
passive-avoidant and less proactive than younger professors by research
assistants with less favorable age stereotypes, but not by research assistants with
more favorable age stereotypes.

Keywords:Professor Age, Stereotypes, Leadership
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:28 Dec 2016 21:29

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