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The five paradoxes of meaningful work: Introduction to the special issue ‘meaningful work: prospects for the 21st century

The five paradoxes of meaningful work: Introduction to the special issue ‘meaningful work: prospects for the 21st century

Bailey, Catherine, Lips-Weirsma, Marjo, Madden, Adrian ORCID: 0000-0002-3193-5808, Yeoman, Ruth, Thompson, Marc and Chalofsky, Neal (2018) The five paradoxes of meaningful work: Introduction to the special issue ‘meaningful work: prospects for the 21st century. Journal of Management Studies. ISSN 0022-2380 (Print), 1467-6486 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12422)

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Abstract

In this introduction to the Journal of Management Studies Special Issue on Meaningful Work, we explain the imperative for a deeper understanding of meaningfulness within the context of the current socio-political environment, coupled with the growing use of organizational strategies aimed at ‘managing the soul’. Meaningful work remains a contested topic that has been the subject of attention in a wide range of disciplines. The focus of this Special Issue is the advancement of theory and evidence about the nature, causes, consequences and processes of meaningful work. We summarize the contributions of each of the seven articles that comprise the Special Issue and, in particular, note their methodological and theoretical plurality. In conclusion, we set forth a future research agenda based on five fundamental paradoxes of meaningful work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: meaningful work; employee engagement; worthy work; volunteers; paradox; temporality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2018 16:50
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/21945

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