Job Design and Innovative Work Behavior: Enabling Innovation Through Active or Low-Strain Jobs?

20 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2012

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Stan De Spiegelaere

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Guy Van Gyes

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Sem Vandekerckhove

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Promoting the innovative potential of employees is a main challenge for HR professionals. Previous studies already stressed the role of job design for employee innovativeness. Building on the work of Karasek & Theorell (1990), we focus on the relation between job design, work engagement and innovative work behaviour (IWB). The results show that job control is positively related to both IWB and work engagement, job demands are negatively related to work engagement, yet their relation to IWB is more ambiguous. Significant interaction effects between job demands and job control variables in both the relation with work engagement and IWB are found, yet their nature differs significantly. We find that active jobs (high control and high demands) are related to lower levels of IWB in comparison to low-strain jobs (high control, low demands), which has major managerial consequences.

Keywords: Innovative Work Behavior, Job Design, Time Pressure, Work Engagement, Employee Innovation

Suggested Citation

De Spiegelaere, Stan and Van Gyes, Guy and Vandekerckhove, Sem and Hootegem, Geert Van, Job Design and Innovative Work Behavior: Enabling Innovation Through Active or Low-Strain Jobs? (2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2158618 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2158618

Stan De Spiegelaere (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Guy Van Gyes

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society ( email )

Parkstraat 47
Leuven, BE3000
Belgium

Sem Vandekerckhove

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society ( email )

Parkstraat 47
Leuven, BE3000
Belgium

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology ( email )

Belgium

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