Call for Chapters: Examining the Aging Workforce and Its Impact on Economic and Social Development

Editors

Bruno Lopes, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Maria Lamas, School of Health (ESS) | Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
Vanessa Amorim, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Orlando Rua, Porto Accounting and Business School (ISCAP) | Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: July 25, 2022
Full Chapters Due: August 22, 2022

Introduction

All individuals are affected by aging, a constant and complex process throughout life (Saad, 2016; Cepellos, 2018). This concept has been around for a long time, but only recently has it been used to describe how people age (Saad, 2016; Cepellos, 2018). From this perspective, aging can be considered one of humanity’s most outstanding achievements (WHO, 2005). On the other side, this achievement has evolved into one of the century's most significant, challenging, and concerning phenomena. Obtained through an increase in life years and an improvement in the health of the elderly population, regardless of how far from ideal such achievements are, reaching old age is a common goal, even in underdeveloped countries. In a broad sense, the phenomenon of aging results from the transition from a demographic model whose birth and mortality rates were exceptionally high to another model in which both demographic factors are increasingly lower. This phenomenon has led to a progressive and rapid deformation of the age pyramid, reducing the young population and increasing the elderly population (Daniel et al., 2016). It is estimated that in 2080 we will have a graph that cannot be considered a pyramid. The base, made up of the younger population, will be narrower than the levels corresponding to the middle-highest ages. According to various official sources, both international and national, global population growth will be significant. According to the United Nations, the world's population will reach 10.9 billion by the end of this century (Roser, 2019). Japan, Italy, Greece, Finland, and Portugal are considered the five most aged countries globally and show how demographic aging is a universal reality gaining weight and prominence globally (Euromonitor International, 2019). However, this problem is not new and has been gradually addressed since industrialization (Nazareth, 2009). Today's organizations will encounter issues related to the aging of their workforce. It will be necessary to consider and implement new strategies that believe age management can contribute to society at various phases of life. To increase the employment rate of older workers, a set of stakeholders must actively intervene in structural reform of how the workforce is thought of (Barroca et al., 2014). The stakeholders involved are the State, the Social Partners, the Companies, and the Workers themselves. The State is responsible for creating the conditions necessary for sustainable employment and thus encouraging organizations to retain and attract more senior employees. Among the most appropriate measures are providing benefits for employers of seniors and incentives for workers to stay in the workforce for as long as possible while discouraging older workers from leaving the labor market early for early retirement (Barroca et al., 2014). The Social Partners have the task of helping in the planning at the structural level, moving from how workforce management is currently thought to how it will have to be considered in the future, anticipating, and acting on these changes (Barroca et al., 2014). Companies must reverse the trend associated with the prejudice that older workers represent lower productivity and a greater aversion to change and must think of them as talent additions because they have skills consolidated by their experience, which encourages the need to create an organizational career management plan (Barroca et al., 2014). This publication will contribute to the Aging Workforce field by investigating original contributions and interdisciplinary methods in various domains and areas.

Objective

This comprehensive and timely publication aims to be an essential reference source, building on existing literature in the field of the aging workforce for the economic and social development of countries while providing additional research opportunities in this dynamic and growing field. Thus, the book aims to reflect on this critical issue, increasing the understanding of the importance of the Aging Workforce in the context of the Business and Management Area, and providing relevant academic work, empirical research findings, and an overview of this relevant field of study. It is hoped that this book will provide the resources necessary for policymakers, academicians, interdisciplinary researchers, advanced-level students, technology developers, managers, and government officials to adopt and implement solutions for a new social and economic reality with a direct impact on the workforce derived from the aging population.

Target Audience

Policymakers, academicians, interdisciplinary researchers, advanced-level students, technology developers, and government officials will find this text helpful in furthering their research exposure to pertinent topics in the Aging Workforce and furthering their research efforts in this field.

Recommended Topics

Recommended topics include but are not limited to the following. Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics relating to the Aging Workforce: • Active Aging • Age Management • Aging Workforce Strategies and Solutions • Career Management • Coaching, Mentoring and Reverse Mentoring • Diversity Management – this topic includes discrimination, inclusion, gender, and migrants. • Healthcare • Job Redesign • Productivity • Remote Workforce • Retention • Retirement

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 25, 2022, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by August 1, 2022 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 22, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Examining the Aging Workforce and Its Impact on Economic and Social Development. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.



Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit https://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2023.



Important Dates

July 25, 2022: Proposal Submission Deadline
August 1, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
August 22, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
September 13, 2022: Review Results Returned
October 25, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
November 8, 2022: Final Chapter Submission



Inquiries

Bruno de Sousa Lopes
University of Aveiro
bruno.sousa.lopes@ua.pt

Maria do Céu Lamas
School of Health (ESS) - Polytechnic of Porto
mcl@ess.ipp.pt

Vanessa Amorim
University of Aveiro | Porto Accounting and Business School (ISCAP) - Polytechnic of Porto
vanessa.amorim@ua.pt
vanessa.ggamorim@iscap.ipp.pt

Orlando Lima Rua
Porto Accounting and Business School (ISCAP) - Polytechnic of Porto
orlandorua@gmail.com



Classifications


Social Sciences and Humanities; Government and Law; Media and Communications; Education; Business and Management; Medical, Healthcare, and Life Sciences
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