Leading Intergenerational Learning in Organizations: An Example from Turkey

Polat S., Günçavdı Alabay G., Yılmaz Y.

European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, vol.13, no.1, pp.7-24, 2022 (ESCI) identifier


Within the fact that there are members of different generations in organizations

nowadays, intergenerational learning in organizations has become more and more

important. Some managers are observed to confuse about how to lead intergenerational

learning environments in their organizations which makes important to conduct a

research on this problem. Thus, this study was conducted and it aimed to understand the

intergenerational learning process and how to lead it in a production facility in Turkey.

The study group includes 61 people who are employees, team leaders, department

directors, field directors and instructors. The study was carried out in the

phenomenological research design. The data were gathered through interviews and

analysed with content analysis. The results brought out six main themes, which are which

are creating zone, acting according to generational differences, increasing motivation,

supporting personal development, recording and managing “know-how”, and creating

intergenerational respect and understanding.