Engaging Millennials: Leadership of the Global Millennial Generation in the Workplace

By Sean Costello and Jonathan H. Westover.

Published by Management Education: An International Journal

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While exploration within popular media outlets, industry publications, and among a growing academic literature on the topic of managing and leading the Millennial generation is on the rise, there is a major gap emerging—while popular media and industry experts continue to insist on a large generational gap in the workplace—academic research suggests there is no huge comparative difference from one generation to the next in how individuals prefer to be led or to lead. Continued academic research in this area is needed as the Millennial Generation increasingly takes its place in the workforce and there is sufficient lag time for there to be more thorough and rigorous longitudinal studies. This project explores best employee engagement practices in leading the upcoming millennial generation in the workplaces. In addition, this paper provides a proposed framework for building off of the existing industry research and growing body of academic studies to explore if there are any significant differences and similarities between major generational cohorts (Baby Boomers, GenX, and Millennials) with regards to how they like to lead and how they like to be led

Keywords: Millennials, Engagement, Generational Differences

Management Education: An International Journal, Volume 16, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 651.013KB).

Sean Costello

Graduate Student, MHR Program, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

Dr. Jonathan H. Westover

Associate Professor, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA

Dr. Jonathan H. Westover is an Associate Professor of Business at Utah Valley University. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology (Sociology of Work and Organizations; Comparative International Sociology) from the University of Utah. Additionally, he received a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. His ongoing research examines issues of global development, work-quality characteristics, and the determinants of job satisfaction cross-nationally.