Vision Series Opens with Discussion on the Changing Workforce

Posted: September 12, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Michelle Marks
Michelle Marks

Michelle Marks, associate professor of management in the School of Management, will discuss “The Young and the Restless: How Generation Y is Changing Our Workforce” as part of the Vision Series on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

The lecture will take place on Mason’s Fairfax Campus in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets online or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 703-993-8888.

Members of Generation Y are different in many respects, from their upbringing to their use of technology to their politics. But it might be their effect on the workplace that makes them truly exceptional — more so than any other generation of twenty-somethings that we have seen yet. They are ambitious, demanding, and high-maintenance — yet they are creative and high-performing.

Marks will discuss the character-shaping events and perspectives that distinguish four generations in today’s workplace, and the socioeconomic conditions that make generational clashes more likely now than in previous times. She will elaborate on generational conflict in the workforce today and share organizational strategies and practices for recruiting, retaining and motivating the younger generations.

A recognized scholar on leadership, team and organizational effectiveness and generational differences, Marks has spent her career studying leadership development and teamwork in organizations.

She has published theoretical models and empirical studies that illustrate the dynamic nature of the collaborative processes used by organizational teams and the critical roles of team leaders. Her work on leadership explains how cognitive, social and motivational skills develop and change as leaders advance to more senior roles. Her current research examines the collaborative challenges present in strategic alliances, and she is editing a book on multiteam systems in organizations.

In 2006, Marks won the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2008 she won the Executive MBA Professor of the Year award. She teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, global business and human resource management in executive, MBA and undergraduate programs.

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