Generation Z and Technology – Constructing Tomorrow's Boundary Spanners

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Authors
  1. Holton, T.L.
  2. Fraser, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
Abstract
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are increasingly being called upon to conduct a wider array of missions, from full spectrum warfare to disaster relief, and coordinate with a more diverse representation of players than ever before (Lindsay & Foster, 2011). As such, research has begun to consider the future individuals who will be living out these missions and relationships, and the skillsets and worldviews they bring to the table (e.g., Bélanger & Lew, 2011; Dunn & Jesion, 2007; Erwin, 2008; Garrett, 2011; Hyler, 2013; Smillie, 2010; Smith, 2009; Tanner, 2010; Vaughan, 2010; Westermeyer, 2008; Wiley, 2008). This report is part of a larger project that examined 21st century cohort values, attitudes and career expectations in order to provide potential answers to the question of how to link the Post-Millennial cohort’s skillsets with future evolving defence missions, strategies and goals (Okros, 2011). Specifically, the purpose of this report is to examine the influence of the internet and related technologies on the 21st century cohort with an emphasis on aspects relevant to defence (Okros, 2011). This was accomplished through an analysis of the social construction and implications of Post-Millennial access to interactive media and web technology, an integral part of this generation’s social experience in constructing their values and career expectations. The authors begin by providing a background primer on current thinking regarding generational cohorts, the

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Keywords
millennial;post-millennial;comprehensive approach;internet;technology
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-R167 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2015
Number of Pages
45
DSTKIM No
CA041331
CANDIS No
802434
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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