Gedrag en Organisatie vol:26 issue:4 pages:449-466
This article details the doctoral dissertation of Anja Van Broeck (2010) detailing employee motivation from two different recent perspectives: the job demands-resources model (JD-R model) en the self-determination theory (SDT). This article primarily highlights how the studies of this dissertation add to the JDR by relying on SDT. First, a distinction is made between two types of job demands: job hindrances and job challenges Second, motivation is shown to represent the underlying mechanism of all relationships from job characteristics to burnout and work engagement as detailed in the JD-R model. Finally, motivation is considered as a personal resource protecting employees from detrimental environmental influences and assisting them in making maximal use of the beneficial job characteristics. In conclusion, this article highlights how the dissertation, starting from a positive view on mankind, puts motivation to the fore in the JD-R model.