David P. Costanza, Ph.D.
The George Washington University
Stereotypes about generations and generational differences in the workplace abound and interventions for helping organizations and managers deal with these supposed differences are increasing. Unfortunately, the research on generations is mixed at best and often fails to demonstrate support for the stereotypes or even for any generationally-based differences at all. In this presentation, David explores the current state of literature and practice surrounding generations. He will review the limitations of the generations literature, discuss some emerging trends in the study of generations, and make recommendations for both future research and organizational practices in this area.
David Costanza is an Associate Professor of Organizational Sciences and of Psychology and the Director of the Doctoral Program in I/O Psychology at The George Washington University. He has also worked for the past 15+ years as a Senior Consortium Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute. He has done research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of leadership, culture, organizational performance, decline, and generational differences as well as in selection, job/needs analysis, performance appraisal development, statistics, and research methodology. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Business and Psychology, Work, Aging and Retirement, and Group and Organization Management. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his masters and doctoral degrees from George Mason University.