Models and Methods for an Active Ageing workforce


MAIA is a ‘Research and Innovation Staff Exchange’ funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. It develops an international academy, comprising of 14 academic partners: 7 European universities and 7 Third Countries universities. The academy will focus on active ageing industrial workforce problems and needs.
The network is multidisciplinary with leading expertises on ageing and psychosocial aspects, ergonomics, manufacturing system design, robotics/assistance technologies, and economics.

Eric Grosse is member of the Advisory Board of MAIA.


Never too late to learn: Unlocking the potential of aging workforce in manufacturing and service industries

Ranasinghe, Grosse, Glock & Jaber (2024)

This study systematically reviews 51 articles from Scopus and Web of Science databases to investigate the learning of aging workers in the manufacturing and service industries. It focuses on three key research questions: factors influencing learning among aging workers, effective learning approaches for this demographic, and strategies for enhancing their learning outcomes. The factors influencing learning were categorized into individual, organizational, and societal dimensions, illustrating the sophisticated interaction that shapes the learning environment. Effective learning approaches identified include lifelong learning, utilizing technology, and intergenerational learning, which are interrelated and reinforce each other. Furthermore, we propose a sevenstep socio-technical system approach to enhance learning for the aging workforce. This novel approach considers technological tools, as well as human, organizational, and societal elements that play an essential role in the learning process. Our findings present a comprehensive perspective on the complexities of older workers’ learning and offer actionable insights to enhance their learning experience. The proposed socio-technical model contributes to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment, aiming to boost key areas, such as job performance, satisfaction, health, and well-being. This study’s implications extend to organizations aiming to optimize the potential of an aging workforce in a rapidly evolving digital world.


Aging Workforce and Learning: State-of-the-art Aging Workforce and Learning: State-of-the-art

Ranasinghe, Grosse, Glock & Jaber (2023)

The population of most developed countries is aging; thus, the median age of the global workforce continues to rise. Human aging often results in a decline in physical and cognitive abilities, which may adversely affect the performance of 
labor-intensive manufacturing systems. Older workers embody profound experience and refined skills, which are success factors for manufacturing companies. Therefore, it is important for manufacturing companies to ensure that older workers remain active and productive. Identifying the potential of an aging workforce, employing technical assistance systems to meet their needs, customizing work flow processes, imparting proper training, and utilizing their experience and skills may provide a competitive advantage for the company. This paper reviews the relevant literature to understand how aging influences workers’ learning in the manufacturing and service industries and identifies management concepts and technologies suitable to support an active aging workforce. We report preliminary insights and discuss selected papers on how aging influences learning-by-doing, and experiential knowledge retention. Finally, we propose some future research directions.