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
Pages (from-to)54-78
JournalCareer Development International
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 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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