A state-of-the-art overview of job-crafting research: current trends and future research directions

Maria Tims, Melissa Twemlow , Christine Yin Man Fong

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Abstract

Purpose
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Career Development International, a state-of-the-art overview of recent trends in job-crafting research was conducted. Since job crafting was introduced twenty years ago as a type of proactive work behavior that employees engage in to adjust their jobs to their needs, skills, and preferences, research has evolved tremendously.

Design/methodology/approach
To take stock of recent developments and to unravel the latest trends in the field, this overview encompasses job-crafting research published in the years 2016–2021. The overview portrays that recent contributions have matured the theoretical and empirical advancement of job-crafting research from three perspectives (i.e. individual, team and social).

Findings
When looking at the job-crafting literature through these three perspectives, a total of six trends were uncovered that show that job-crafting research has moved to a more in-depth theory-testing approach; broadened its scope; examined team-level job crafting and social relationships; and focused on the impact of job crafting on others in the work environment and their evaluations and reactions to it.

Originality/value
The overview of recent trends within the job-crafting literature ends with a set of recommendations for how future research on job crafting could progress and create scientific impact for the coming years.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalCareer Development International
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022

Keywords

  • Approach crafting
  • Avoidance crafting
  • BEHAVIORS
  • Collaborative crafting
  • Employee behavior
  • INTERVENTION
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Job crafting
  • LEISURE
  • MODERATING ROLE
  • ORGANIZATIONS
  • OUTCOMES
  • SERVANT LEADERSHIP
  • TEAM
  • TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP
  • WORK ENGAGEMENT

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