Generational motivation differences at the R&D centers: Gen Y and Gen Z

  • 1 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Akdeniz University, Turkey
  • 2 Faculty of Social Policy and Labor Relations- Akdeniz University, Turkey


There often seem to be differences in work values between employees (and managers) who are from different generation. There has been a continuing debate about the extent to which Gen Yers and Zers are motivated by similar values and processes as those from earlier generations, who were already in the workplace when earlier studies were conducted. An associated question might be whether Gen Yers (many of whom are now working as junior and middle managers) and Zers that work on R&D center subscribe to similar motivational techniques and theories as those managers who were born in an earlier generation. Although there has been a great deal of speculation and opinion regarding the motivation of the Generation Y and Z that work on R&D center, there has been relatively little formal research.



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