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Introduction to the changing nature of retirement: an international perspective


  • Kenneth S. Shultz
  • Kène Henkens


Purpose - The purpose of this overview is to provide a brief introduction to the topic of retirement, noting five key issues and directions for future research which are addressed collectively in the compilation of papers that follow: the changing nature of retirement; the need for an interdisciplinary perspective on retirement; the need to look at both individual and organizational perspectives; international variations in contexts and processes; and the need for a broad methodological perspective. The authors then outline and summarize the seven studies included in this special issue, as well as acknowledge those who were instrumental in bringing this special issue to fruition. Design/methodology/approach - The Findings - The findings of the studies included in this special issue touch on retirement planning and decision making, as well as employer perspectives on the global aging workforce. Practical implications - Each article includes practical implications with regard to retirement for the country and/or constituents examined in the study. Originality/value - Taken as a collective, the papers in this special issue help to propel forward in significant ways the study of retirement from an international and interdisciplinary perspective.

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  • Kenneth S. Shultz & Kène Henkens, 2010. "Introduction to the changing nature of retirement: an international perspective," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 31(3), pages 265-270, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:ijmpps:v:31:y:2010:i:3:p:265-270

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    1. Heather C. Vough & Christine D. Bataille & Sung Chul Noh & Mary Dean Lee, 2015. "Going Off Script: How Managers Make Sense of the Ending of Their Careers," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(3), pages 414-440, May.


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