Job Design, Work Engagement and Innovative Work Behavior: A Multi-Level Study on Karasek's Learning Hypothesis

Management Revue, 26(2), 123-137, 2015

15 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2015

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Stan De Spiegelaere

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Guy Van Gyes

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Hans De Witte

KU Leuven

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

As employees’ behaviour is a crucial factor for organizational success, the question on how to promote the engagement of employees in their work and boost their implication in the innovation process is central for companies. In this article we study this question building on the Karasek model suggesting that employees in jobs with high autonomy and time pressure will be more engaged and more innovative. The results of the multi-level regression analyses confirm that such a combination is associated with high employee innovation. For work engagement, the job autonomy helps in buffering the negative effects of time pressure.

Keywords: Job Design, Innovative Work Behaviour, Work Engagement, Autonomy, Time Pressuer

JEL Classification: J24, J81, O15, O35

Suggested Citation

De Spiegelaere, Stan and Van Gyes, Guy and De Witte, Hans and Hootegem, Geert Van, Job Design, Work Engagement and Innovative Work Behavior: A Multi-Level Study on Karasek's Learning Hypothesis (June 2015). Management Revue, 26(2), 123-137, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2624902

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

Hans De Witte

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology ( email )

Belgium

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