Global Economic Shifts Impacting the Perceived Importance of Various Intrinsic and Extrinsic Job Characteristics and Overall Job Satisfaction: A Cross-National Analysis

By Jonathan H. Westover.

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In this research, I apply and extend Handel’s (2005) Post and Neo-Fordist framework for understanding job characteristics and job satisfaction in the context of a changing global environment. Prior research has indicated that the nature of work has changed dramatically in recent years in response to economic shifts and an increasingly global economy. However, there is little agreement on whether the overall quality of work has improved or declined over that period. Furthermore, less is known about changes in job satisfaction and its various indicators over time, based on how the workers feel and the perceived importance those workers place on each of those indicators. Finally, even less is known about the overall comparative quality of work and job satisfaction across the global economy. In this study I use non-panel longitudinal data from the International Social Survey Program (Work Orientations I and II: 1989 and 1997) to conduct a descriptive comparative analysis of job quality and job satisfaction in relation to the differing theoretical predictions of Post-Fordist and Neo-Fordist paradigms and a changing global economy.

Keywords: Job Satisfaction, Post-Fordist, Economy, Work Characteristics, Cross-National

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.137-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.745MB).

Dr. Jonathan H. Westover

Assistant Professor of Business, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, Lehi, Utah, USA

Jonathan H. Westover is an Assistant Professor of Business at Utah Valley University. He received a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. As a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Utah, his research interests combined Comparative International Sociology and the sociology of work and organizations. His ongoing research examines issues of global development, work-quality characteristics, and the determinants of job satisfaction cross-nationally.


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