intuitive framework. These are imprecise categories. There is no law that someone born in 1985 can't have values similar to those of someone born in 1955. Despite these limitations, values do change over generations, and we can gain some useful insights from analyzing values this way. Different generations hold different work values. Boomers (Baby Boomers)—entered the workforce during the 1960s through the mid-1980s. Xers—entered the workforce beginning in the mid-1980s. The most recent entrants to the workforce are the Millennials. Though it is fascinating to think about generational values, remember these classifications lack solid research support. Generational classifications may help us understand our own and other generations better, but we must also appreciate their limits. 8. Hofstede's framework for assessing culture includes five value dimensions: Power Distance; Individualism vs. Collectivism; Masculinity vs. Femininity; Uncertainty Avoidance; and Long-term vs. Short-term Orientation. When these variables are measured, countries vary considerably, such as the U.S. ranking first in individualism while Colombia ranks much lower.
- Fall '12
- Personality Psychology, Big Five personality traits