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Silver Workers Research Institute (SWRI)

The Silver Workers Research Institute (SWRI) is a joint initiative between SRH Hochschule Berlin’s Dr. Victoria Büsch and Dr. Jürgen Deller of Leuphana Universität Lüneburg that carefully examines questions and challenges surrounding work and career duration past the standard age of retirement.


The SWRI strives to develop solutions to problems that come about as a result of demographic change – with specific consideration for Corporate Management. Of primary interest is recognising the individual potential of older employees in the service and knowledge-based economy.

Goals and Initiatives

The goal of SWRI is to investigate the conditions surrounding older employees within the contexts of recruitment and inter-employee motivation and cohesion. Elements of Age Management are used to identify conditions that promote or hinder active participation of older employees in the workplace. At the core of the analysis are the “silver workers”.

Research Project

SWRI is an associated partner in the "Transitions and Old Age Potential" (TOP) study. The investigation considers to what degree those designated as  “young Ageing“, i.e. those between the ages of 55 and 70, participate in gainful employment, society in general and cross-generation relationships within the family. Of particular interest are influential factors that encourage or discourage participation in these spheres. Between January and March 2013 a representative of 5 000 participants were interviewed in a country-wide survey.
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Transfer of Research in academic and practical Settings

Current research results, via inclusion in lectures and seminars, are to be discussed with, and evaluated by, students of the cooperating institutions. In the context of both Bachelor and Master programmes, questions related to the initiatives of SWRI will be addressed. Larger academic studies, in the framework of supervised dissertations conducted by students of graduate programmes of partner universities are also included in SWRI research ambitions.

Transfer of research in politics and practical settings results from participation in national and international conferences in addition to general exchange via professional and academic networks.

Project Partners / Cooperating Partners

The Institute aims to promote cooperation between a number of national and international research facilities that share the same values of academic and research excellence. This cooperation includes working together on research hypotheses (i.e. within the framework of cooperative and joint research projects), academic exchange (i.e. joint publications) and cooperative supervision of Masters and PhD candidates.

SWRI Experts

For the past 15 years Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch has been closely examining the older employee in academic work. She is a frequent speaker at both national and international conferences (e.g. World Demographic Association in St. Gallen/Switzerland and the International Conference on Demographic Aging in Los Angeles/USA).


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller research and publication vitae spans a large array of topics including employee selection and development, corporate merger, international personnel management and demographic development. With the publication of “Personalmanagement im demographischen Wandel: Ein Handbuch für den Veränderungsprozess“ in Germany, Prof. Dr. Deller ‘s work is now considered a benchmark for management of demographic change in corporations.


Research initiatives of Prof. Dr. Carsten C. Schermuly lie in the areas of interactive processes in teams, empowerment and leadership and the psychological determinants of continued employment past the standard age of retirement.  Using the Instrument for Discussion Coding (Kodierung von Diskussionen (IKD), Prof. Dr. Schermuly has created a new, time-effective approach to coding and analysing work-team communication processes.


Your Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch

SRH Hochschule Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 374 374 310

Fax: +49 (0) 30 374 374 375

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Tel.: +49 (0) 4131 677 7934

Fax.: +49 (0) 4131 677 7975

E-Mail: deller@uni.leuphana.de

News from the SWRI

July 2016: Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch participated in an expert committee organized by the research project “MoPAct‘” (Mobilising the potential of active ageing). MoPAct aims to develop the research and practical evidence which will enable Europe to ensure its ageing population is an asset to society and the economy.

July 2016: The paper "Psychological empowerment, psychological and physical strain and the desired retirement age" by Carsten C. Schermuly, Victoria Büsch, and Carolin Graßmann was published in the journal "Personnel Review". 

June 2016: Anne Marit Wohrmann, Ulrike Fasbender,
and Jurgen Deller analyze in a new study the relationship between work values and post-retirement work intentions. Morehttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cdq.12044/abstract

April 2016: Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch spoke at the annual meeting "Personalentwicklung 2016" about human resource develoment and demographic change.

January 2016: The initiative "Goinger Kreis" organized a workshop on "Businesses and Silver Workers" at SRH Hochschule Berlin.

November 2015: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller gave a talk on "Silver Wokers" at the Urania Berlin. The event took place on the 25th of November. More

November 2015: The Newspaper "Neue Züricher Zeitung" published an article on the increasing amount of silver workers in Germany for which Prof. Deller gave an interview.  More 

November 2015: Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch gave a talk at the "Berliner Konferenz" on "caring responsibilities and work".

November 2015: N. Britze M. A. presented the working paper "Managing labour during periods of tight labour markets and ageing populations in the knowledge-based economy" at the ADAPT-conference "The Great Transformation of Work" in Bergamo. 

October 2015: "Aging, Workforce Development, and Training for Older Workers in Germany" by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller was published in the Journal "Public Policy & Aging Report". More

June 2015: Dr. Ulrike Fasbender and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller published in a team of researcher the scientific paper "The Meaning of Work for Post-retirement Employment Decisions" in the journal "Work, Aging and Retirement". More

November 2014: Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller co-operated in the research for the publication "Mittendrin? - Lebenspläne und Potenziale älterer Menschen beim Übergang in den Ruhestand" (Transitions and Old Age Potential) that was published by the German Federal Institute for Population Research.  

November 2014: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller gave an interview to the Second German Television "ZDF". He talked about the conditions and motivation of older people to work after retirement. More

November 2014: Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch gave a talk on "Employees that like to stay. How does it work?" at the event "Zukunft Personal". More

September 2014: The demography summit took for the fifth time place in Berlin. More than 800 political and business leaders discussed the impact of demographic change on the economy, businesses and the state.

February 2014: Prof. Dr. Deller contributed as an expert to a story on silver workers that was published in the Manager Magazin.  

December 2013: The German television station SWR broadcasted a documentary on potentials of silver workers in Germany.

December 2013: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller participated as a guest editor in the JMP special issue on "Facilitating age diversity in organizations".