Professor Hannes Zacher, Ph.D. will deliver an invited address called “Age and proactivity at work”. Continuously shrinking birth rates, the aging of the baby boomer generation, and rising life expectancies and retirement ages are causing unprecedented population and workforce aging around the globe. These developments have spurred an increased interest in the topic of aging and its impact on organizational outcomes. In this conference, he will provide some insights on this topic and how to manage it in the current fast-paced context.
Hannes Zacher is a professor of work and organizational psychology at the Institute of Psychology – Wilhelm Wundt, Leipzig University, in Germany. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Giessen in 2009 and subsequently worked in academic positions in Australia and the Netherlands. In his research program, he investigates aging at work and career development, occupational health and well-being, as well as proactive and adaptive employee behavior. Across these research agendas, he employs multiple methodologies, including longitudinal surveys, experience sampling studies, and experiments. His research is well supported through competitive grants (German Science Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation) and industry funding. He has published over 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals and serves on a number of national and international journal editorial boards.