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From Topic to Problem: Organisational Mechanisms of Constructing Demographic Change

  • Sven KetteEmail author
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Abstract

This article aims at revealing the mechanisms by which organisations problematize demographic change. It asks (1) for the structural preconditions making organisations pay attention to demographic change at all. Therefore, the paper starts from the assumption that demographic change does not impose itself on organisations but rather appears to organisations as a non-instructive problem, which is plastic, ambiguous and long-term in character. Consequently, the paper (2) also asks for the concrete constructs organisations develop to grasp the demographic change. Based on the empirical analysis of five organisations I show that demographic change is only problematized by organisations when personal initiatives succeed. However, the topic tends to fade if exclusive responsibilities are not assigned. Concerning the constructs, I show that demographic change is most likely to be connected to established problems but is not yet assessed as an important problem in itself.

Keywords

Organisations Demographic change Case study Organisational problems Non-instructive problems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LucerneLucerneSwitzerland

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