Perhaps more than any other generation, millennials elicit strong opinions from those who interact with them.
The term millennial refers to a generational cohort born between 1981 and 1999 (Meriac et al., 2010). This generation came of age in a post-9/11 world, where America elected an African-American president and the Internet was always just a click away.
Often described as difficult, hard to manage and entitled (e.g., Deal et al., 2010), millennials tend to be portrayed negatively in the media and frequently serve as a punch line of late night television and office humor.
While generational research can be challenging, in that the generational affiliation of an individual is not the only factor that influences behavior, generational membership can be a useful attribute for classifying individuals and providing insight into their values (Kuron et al., 2015) and decision-making processes (Viswanathan & Jain, 2013).
Much of the prior research examining millennials has been quick to note how millennial motivations and behaviors differ from prior generations within our society, often painting these differences in a negative light.
This Special Issue will examine and perhaps even embrace the uniqueness of the millennials.
We wish to look at all aspects of these individuals examining what makes them unique, challenging and even assets to those they come into contact with in their lives.
Furthermore, we also wish to examine if millennials differ significantly from prior generational cohorts (Trzesniewski & Donnellan, 2010) and if so, how do these differences impact the generalizability of social science theory.
Possible research topics include:
- Generational differences in values, attitudes, and traits;
- The influence of external factors (e.g., parenting, technology, and economy) on the psychological development of this group;
- Leading and following millennials in an organizational context;
- Millennials in teams and groups;
- Work-family interactions, millennials as caretakers;
- Millennial consumers.
We expect the Special Issue in The Journal of Social Psychology (JSP) to be published in early 2019.
Two page summaries of the research and potential contributions are due by August 15, 2017.
These should be submitted through the journal's ScholarOne Manuscripts page and authors should select the “Millenials Workplace Relationships” Special Issue.
Authors will receive initial decisions about the two page summaries by the co-editors within four weeks after the deadline for submission and whether they will be invited to submit a complete manuscript for review.
Invited manuscripts are due by January 15, 2018.
All submissions go through the usual JSP review process if deemed appropriate for the Special Issue by the guest editors.
Questions regarding the Special Issue and the submission of manuscripts should be directed to the co-editors.