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University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics, FINLAND 

Elisabeth SUNDIN
Department of Management and Engineering, Helix VINN Excellence Centre, Linköping, SWEDEN


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This workshop is the third one held at EIASM concerning diversity issues of management and organizations. The two earlier were held in 2004 and 2007, and were focused on gender issues of organizations and entrepreneurship. The focus of this workshop is on aging workforce, with issues of gender as well.

Aging of workforce is a challenge for management and labor markets because people stay longer in work-life. Senior entrepreneurs appear and retired workforce work part-time and mixing of entrepreneurship and retirement also exist. In some cultures aging is respected and thought to bring wisdom, in some it is devalued. Western societies show ambivalence concerning the value of ageing employees. However, creativity and innovativeness develop through lifetime and also in later career. Aging of workforce leads to requirements to develop new work-life practices in organizations, at the level of HRM-policy, leadership and management. Management practices can support ageing of employees, if the multiplicity and non-deterministic character of ageing are understood.

Ageing is still most often seen from a chronological point of view even if the concept of age is multidimensional. The psychosocial or subjective age is based on the self and the social perception of age. Because there is a lot of variety among aging workforce, generalized stereotypes are simplistic. Concept of age is a socially constructed category. Women and men identify themselves in multiple categories where age is a crucial one. Both age and gender represent a deep structure because of taken-for-granted assumptions about appropriate and inappropriate behavior and status positions.

Ageing employees presents an issue for group dynamics, because the age structure in a growing number of organizations is increasingly polarized between young and aged. Therefore, there is a need to identify and meet the needs and preferences of younger employees as well, in order to raise cooperation and avoid the conflicts between different generations in organizations. Also very young entrepreneurs emerge.

In the workshop we focus on questions of aging in management and organization studies:

  • Careers and aging
  • Gender and aging
  • Senior entrepreneurs and self-employment at older age
  • Young entrepreneurs
  • Labor policy and aging
  • Aging HRM practices and policies
  • Generational knowledge and co-operation
  • National and cultural differences of aging workforce
  • Older workforce’s capacity as innovators
  • Social capital and aging
  • Diversity management of aging




The whole workshop will take place in the Hotel Métropole in which the EIASM premises are located (Place De Brouckère-plein 31, 1000 Brussels).

The Hotel Métropole is marvelously well located right in the historical centre of Brussels, just a few steps away from the “Grand-Place”, the “Bourse” and the “Theatre de la Monnaie” and close to the central and north railway stations, that each have direct connections to Brussels International airport.


* Hotel Métropole ***** (conference location)
Place de Brouckère 31 - 1000 Bruxelles

During the week :
Superior Single room at € 160 ,-/ night
Superior Double room at € 190,-/night
Including buffet breakfast / Not including the city tax (€ 9.28 per room per night)

During the week-end : (Night of Friday/Saturday & Sunday) :
Superior Single room at € 140 ,-/ night
Superior Double room at € 170,-/night
Including breakfast / Not including the city tax (€ 9.28 per room per night)

To take advantage of these special rates, please mention “EIASM” when making your reservation. However, according to the period of the booking, some better rates could be offered by contacting the hotel directly. We advice you to check prices on the internet too !!

Tel. : + 32 2 214 24 25 or + 32 2 214 24 26 or + 32 2 2142424 - Fax : 32 2 2180240
Email :info@metropolehotel.be

* Hotel NH Atlanta  (very close)
Boulevard Adolph Max 7
1000 Brussels
Tel 00800 0115 0116 (free of charge) - reservations@nh-hotels.com

Standard room for single use : €155,00,-/night
Standard double room : €170,-/night
Including breakfast / Not including the city tax of €7,58 per room per night.
Please mention "EIASM " when making your reservation.

To take advantage of these special rates, please mention “EIASM” when making your reservation. However, according to the period of the booking, some better rates could be offered by contacting the hotel directly. We advice you to check prices on the internet too !!

* Hotel Marivaux (next door)
Boulevard Adolph Max 98
1000 Brussels - www.hotelmarivaux.be

Monday-Thursday incl.: € 135.00/night (breakfast and city tax included )  - single Club room
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: € 85.00/night (breakfast and city tax included ) - single Club room
There is a supplement of € 10.00/night for a double Club room (breakfast and city tax included )
There is a supplement of € 20.00/night for a Harmony room (breakfast and city tax included )

To book a room: please use the reservation form available HERE or reservations@hotelmarivaux.be  (please mention EIASM).

* Citadines Sainte-Catherine Brussels  : (10 minutes walk)  -
51 Quai au Bois à Brûler. B-1000 Brussels

Room types & rates :     
Studio (+/- 25 sqm) – for 1 to 2 persons - 119.-€ / room-night
One-Bedroom Apartment (+/- 50 sqm) – for 1 to 4 persons : 158.-€ / room-night

Internet access and city tax included .
Full housekeeping service once a week included. Breakfast: excluded – at 14.-€ /person.
To book a room : Direct e-mail to stecatherine@citadines.com  and/or to coralie.carels@citadines.com  - Mention “EIASM” to get the preferential rates 2015

FEES (VAT excluded)

The fees include participation to the Workshop, workshop documents, lunches, the workshop dinner, morning and afternoon refreshments.

For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
334,78 € (including 24,78 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 391,78 € (including 24,78 € VAT)

Cancellations made before September 15, 2015 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access


Ms. Graziella Michelante - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 62 - Fax:
Email: michelante@eiasm.be