Job Design and Innovative Work Behavior: One Size Does Not Fit All Types of Employees

Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation (JEMI), Volume 8, Issue 4, pp. 5-20, 2012

16 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2013

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Stan De Spiegelaere

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Guy Van Gyes

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2012

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 contributes to the literature as it 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. Using survey data of 893 employees of various organizations the findings generally confirm the JD-R model, although important differences were found between blue-collar and white-collar employees regarding the relation of organizing and routine tasks with IWB. Job content insecurity further was found to be very detrimental for blue-collar IWB. These findings have important HR and political implications as they show that there is no ‘one size fits all’ HR solution for innovation.

Keywords: Innovative Work Behavior, Job Design, HRM, white collar workers, blue collar workers

Suggested Citation

De Spiegelaere, Stan and Van Gyes, Guy and Hootegem, Geert Van, Job Design and Innovative Work Behavior: One Size Does Not Fit All Types of Employees (2012). Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation (JEMI), Volume 8, Issue 4, pp. 5-20, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2203457

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

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology ( email )

Belgium

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