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date: 20 February 2020

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Age-related changes in industrialized countries have increased interest in how age differences play out in the workplace. However, little research has been done to uncover how age differences may influence the development and maintenance of leader–member relationships. Empirical and theoretical work that has been done in this area suggests that age may be a key demographic factor in understanding LMX, both as a direct and moderating influence. In this chapter we discuss age-related studies that build the case for the effects of age in LMX. We also examine developmental theories and stereotyping research that provide a foundation for understanding of how age differences between employees and supervisors may affect the relationships between them. The authors conclude with a set of research questions in each theoretical area to address in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the influence of age on LMX relationships.

Keywords: age, age differences, leader–member exchange, leadership, aging workforce

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