University of Florida
Dr. Mo Wang is a University Distinguished Professor and the Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair at the Warrington College of Business at University of Florida. He is also the Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives, Department Chair of the Management Department, and the Director of Human Resource Research Center at University of Florida. To date, Mo has published more than 185 peer-reviewed journal articles, 30 book chapters, and 5 books. He is known for his research on retirement and older worker employment, occupational health psychology, expatriate and newcomer adjustment, leadership and team processes, and advanced quantitative methodologies. He received numerous awards for his research in these areas. As a true scientist-practitioner, Mo is also committed to providing students, workers, employers, and policy makers with evidence-based knowledge. His work has been reported extensively by the popular media, such as NPR, BBC, Associated Press, WSJ, NYTimes, HBR, and the Washington Post. In 2015, he conducted a Congressional Debriefing on retirement for U.S. Congress. He also served as an invited speaker for White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team twice, giving talks on retirement (2015) and older worker job search (2016). Mo is an elected Foreign Member of Academia Europaea (M.A.E) and a Fellow of AOM, APA, APS, and SIOP. He was the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Retirement and an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Psychology (2010-2020) and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Work, Aging and Retirement. He was the President of Society for Occupational Health Psychology (2014-2015) and the Director for the Science of Organizations Program at National Science Foundation (2014-2016). He currently serves the Presidential Track for Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2021-2024).
As we enter the critical years of an ageing population, it is actually five minutes to midnight to reform the pension system if we want to ensure adequate pensions for current and future generations. The affordability of the pension system as it stands today is under pressure, and it seems as if the population, young and old, is not sufficiently aware of the consequences the status quo might have on their standard of living. There is also strong social resistance to pension reforms that are perceived as unbalanced.
In Belgium, as in other European countries, the debate on financing intergenerational solidarity has been going on for several decades, and a reasonably balanced proposal for pension reform was already drawn up by the Pension Reform Commission, which, however, remained dead letter.
For complex challenges an interdisciplinary synthesis can be more important and more relevant than technical and disciplinary expertise. Global problems require an international synthesis.