A1 Journal article (refereed)
An intergenerational competency framework : Competencies for knowledge sustainability and start‐up development in the digital age (2022)

Nurhas, I., Geisler, S., & Pawlowski, J. (2022). An intergenerational competency framework : Competencies for knowledge sustainability and start‐up development in the digital age. Sustainable development, 30(6), 1733-1748. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2338

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Nurhas, Irawan; Geisler, Stefan; Pawlowski, Jan

Journal or series: Sustainable development

ISSN: 0968-0802

eISSN: 1099-1719

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 24/05/2022

Volume: 30

Issue number: 6

Pages range: 1733-1748

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2338

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/81649


In this study, we looked at the competencies and changes in the competency spectrum required for global start-ups in the digital age. Specifically, we explored intergenerational collaboration as an intervention in which experienced business-people from senior adult groups support young entrepreneurs. We conducted a Delphi study with 20 experts from different disciplines, considering the study context. The results of this study shed light on understanding the necessary competencies of entrepreneurs for intergenerationally supported start-up innovation by providing 27 competencies categorized as follows: intergenerational safety facilitation, cultural awareness, virtues for growth, effectual creativity, technical expertise, responsive teamwork, values-based organization, and sustainable network development. In addition, the study results also reveal the competency priorities and the minimum requirements for each competency group based on the global innovation process and can be used to develop a readiness assessment for start-up entrepreneurs.

Keywords: innovations; startup companies; technology companies; entrepreneurs; transgenerationality; know-how; competence; creativity; networks (societal phenomena); internationalisation

Free keywords: global innovation; intergenerational competency; intergenerational innovation; start-ups entrepreneurs; sustainable start-ups

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Reporting Year: 2022

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