Title: Job Design and Innovative Work Behavior: One Size Does Not Fit All Types of Employees
Authors: De Spiegelaere, Stan ×
Van Gyes, Guy
Van Hootegem, Geert #
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: National-Louis University * Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu
Series Title: Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation vol:8 issue:4 pages:5-20
Abstract: As innovative employees become imperative for an organizations’ success, research identified job design as a crucial variable in promoting innovative work behavior (IWB) (Hammond et al., 2011). Using the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model of Bakker & Demerouti (2007), this article uses recent insights on the distinction between job challenges and job hindrances (Van den Broeck et al., 2010) and distinguishes between blue- and white-collar employees. Survey data from 893 employees of various organizations show that the relation between job design and innovative work behavior differs between blue-collar and white-collar employees. As such, job resources like having a organizing tasks in the job are more strongly related to IWB for white- than for blue-collar employees. On the contrary, insecurity about the future job content is negatively related to IWB for blue-collar workers, while this is not so for white-collars. These findings have important HR and political implications as they show that there is no ‘one size fits all’ HR solution for innovation.
ISSN: 2299-7075
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Work and Organisation
Centre for Sociological Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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