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Research Research Institutes Silver Workers Research Institut (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”.

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.

News from the Silver Workers Research Institute

April 2017: Prof. Dr. Büsch supports the Initiative New Quality of Work (INQA) in a short statement. More 

January 2017: Prof. Dr. Büsch gave an interview on "vocational training 50+" to one of the main German news channels "ZDFheute Nachrichten". She talked about challenges and opportunities of training silver workers. More

November 2016: The Silver Workers Research Institute participated in the development of the "Silver Work Index". The index is published by the "Goinger Kreis" and contains factors for successful inclusion of older workers in organizations.

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.

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.

Contact to the SWRI

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