Two Cultures Collide: How do Baby Boomers and Millennials Coexist in Organizations?
Abstract: Organizations, both in academia and the workplace, include individuals belonging to different generational groups. These groups include those that come from a large range of ages and backgrounds, who have developed different values and patterns of behavior, based on the experiences they lived through and the environment that influenced their development. When members from these groups coexist within one organization, the differences in those beliefs and backgrounds can cause issues because of the different experiences growing up, causing understandable variance between each group’s values and belief systems. By providing research and asking key questions about the two largest generational groups that currently exist (Baby Boomers and Millennials), the authors hope to start a dialogue that should lead to uncovering ways to improve the communication between these two groups.
Presider: Joyce Johnston, George Mason University