A study of age related differences in managerial work functions and preferences using Margerison-McCann's Team Management Index (TMI)

Corcoran, Gerard (1987) A study of age related differences in managerial work functions and preferences using Margerison-McCann's Team Management Index (TMI). , Department of Management, The University of Queensland.

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Author Corcoran, Gerard
Title A study of age related differences in managerial work functions and preferences using Margerison-McCann's Team Management Index (TMI)
School, Department or Centre Department of Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1987
Total pages 144
Subject 14 Economics
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Formatted Abstract/Summary
      This Report utilises the Team Management Index (TMI) instrument to test age differences in the role preferences and work functions of managers who have completed the T.M.I. A study of the reliability of the T. M. I. inst rumen t across different age groups has also been examined.

      Substantive research indicates that older workers in general compare quite favourably with younger workers across a wide range of performance criteria including both psychological and work behaviour characteristics. This report concentrates on discussion of age difference findings between managers particularly in work preferences.

      Coefficient Alpha tests were used to study the internal consistency of the T.M.I. instrument. A random sample of twenty-five (25%) of the available population was used. These coefficients were substantial and confirmed the reliability of the T.M.I. Nevertheless, specific items varied in their reliability across age groups and these should be examined in future revisions of the instrument.

      Analysis of Vaiance testing was utilised to test differences in role preferences and work functions across age groups. Results indicated substantial variance in the latter, however role preferences remained stable across various age groups.

      Previous research had indicated that a managers role preference to be a good indicator of the type of work function he would be suited to. This finding is supported in this study when applied to the various age groups studied.

      The T.M.I. instrument gives managers an appropriate means of identifying role preferences and therefore being better able to fit particular work functions with a manager's preferred style.

      This paper demonstrates that this applicability does not diminish as the manager ages and furthermore research evidence indicates one needs to be wary of assumptions of performance decline of managers on the basis of increasing age.

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