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Sharing Retirees' Knowledge 

The Project

Sharing Retirees 300 by 200BSharing Retirees' Knowledge is a Global Challenges project that aims to capture retiree’s knowledge and share it with local community. The focus of the program is to help improve the quality of peoples lives, specifically retirees through this knowledge sharing.

Australia has an ageing population due to increased life expectancy and people having fewer children. As people retire their working knowledge is often lost or lays idle. This project aims to harness this information and share wisdom and experience gained from the retirees’ working careers with current and future workforces.

It explores two main themes of what keeps people mentally healthy and what contributes to quality of life as we age? It will look specifically at how knowledge sharing of retired workers with others in the workplace can improve health and wellbeing, as well as lift productivity in relation to economic health. These are two areas out of the five societal challenges outlined by the Australian Research Council, which the program aims to address.

The goal of the project is to increase mental health of retirees through boosting a sense of self-worth and contribution to society in general. It is envisaged the resulting benefits would include decreasing cost of aged care through more mentally active retirees utilising valuable technical and cognitive knowledge and untapped resources.

Participants involved in this study are recently retired from the workforce, currently working in the Illawarra or students studying at university.

In The Media

Importance sharing knowledge with the next generation - DPS News, April 2016

Retirees share knowledge with next generation - UOW Newsroom, March 21, 2016

 

The Researchers

Sharing Retirees 300 by 200Chief Investigator is Dr Peter Massingham from the Faculty of Business. Peter is a knowledge management expert. Peter recently completed a large Australian Research Council Linkage Project with the Department of Defence, Measuring and Managing the Impact of Lost Organisational Knowledge (2008 – 2013).

Investigator, Professor Roger Lewis, and Associate Dean of Research within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

Investigator Associate Professor Linda Dawson is the Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is an expert in information systems with a focus on impact on society.

Investigator, Professor Richard Fleming within the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health.  He is also the Director of the NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre.

Investigator, Dr Susan Sumskis is from the Faculty of Science Medicine and Health. She is an expert in nursing, with a focus on positive psychology.

Investigator Dr Siobhan McHugh is from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. She is an expert in oral history, with an interest in migrant workers.

Investigator Associate Professor Rodney Clarke is from the Faculty of Business. He is an expert in information systems and operations management, with an interest in using technology to study communication.

Investigator Dr Anil Chandrakumara is from the Faculty of Business. He is an expert in organizational behaviour, with an interest in work values.

Investigator Dr Julie Francis is from the Faculty of Business. She is an expert in social marketing, with an interest in work and societal attitudes.

Investigator Dr Christa Wood is from the Faculty of Business. She is an expert in human resource management, with an interest in work attitudes and societal values.

Investigator Dr Paul Chad is from the Faculty of Business. He is an expert in social marketing, with an interest in work and societal attitudes.

Investigator Mr Colin Greig is an associate of the Faculty of Business. He is a retired senior executive who will be advising the team on retiree issues. 

Last reviewed: 25 November, 2016

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