Corporate Age Discrimination and Inclusion as a Mitigating Measure: A Sri Lankan Perspective

Authors

  • C D Kumar MY Trading Company Private Ltd./MCK Private Ltd., Sri Lanka
  • Samantha Rathnayake University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jbssr.v6i2.44712

Keywords:

age discrimination, age inclusion, age-prototype-matching, belongingness, conductive climate, infrastructure, uniqueness

Abstract

Age discrimination and its harmful effects are widespread. However, the corporate sector’s contribution in causing it has received neither due attention nor appropriate counteraction. While practising age discrimination, organisations strive to curb the same as they are challenged by an acute lack of knowledge and expertise. Discrimination/Inclusion predominantly deals with race, colour, religion, etc., ignoring age discrimination/ age inclusion. Further, the constructs of Discrimination/ Inclusion have no dedicated theories, nor have been adequately studied, tested, or measured in the corporate context. This presents a grave theoretical and empirical void which the current study aims to address. Given the study's exploratory nature, qualitative research under the Interpretivist paradigm employing in-depth one-on-one interviews of 20 employees and two focus groups of six employees each was adopted. Based on thematic analysis of data, the study found three key findings (Annexure I & II); one, organisations generate age discrimination through age-based bias, age-prototyping and institutionalisation of discriminative practices. Two, under the individual factor, work-related generational competency/ incompetency creates age discrimination. Finally, inclusion is experienced through feelings of “uniqueness and belongingness” and “conducive climate and supportive infrastructure” that supports performance and wellbeing.

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Author Biographies

C D Kumar, MY Trading Company Private Ltd./MCK Private Ltd., Sri Lanka

Entrepreneur and Founder/ Director

Samantha Rathnayake, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Faculty Member, Postgraduate Institute of Management

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Kumar, C. D., & Rathnayake, S. (2021). Corporate Age Discrimination and Inclusion as a Mitigating Measure: A Sri Lankan Perspective. Journal of Business and Social Sciences Research, 6(2), 41–66. https://doi.org/10.3126/jbssr.v6i2.44712

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