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Describing work as meaningful: Towards a conceptual clarification

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Abstract


  • Individuals spend much of their time engaged in work, so the need to find and experience

    meaning in work is of great significance. ‘Meaning in work’ generally refers to the amount of

    significance employees perceive in their work. Providing employees with meaning in their

    work has inspired numerous researchers to study the role of personal meaningful work and its

    related outcomes. Despite this high level of interest, the theoretical views and methodological

    approaches used to explore this concept still require refinement and development. Without a

    comprehensive review of these views and approaches, the concept of meaningful work will

    remain an ill-defined notion. This study aims to address this gap with a review of the

    theoretical and empirical research on meaningful work. It examines the underlying features

    that constitute the meaningful work concept and offers guidance for future research by

    presenting the current state of knowledge about meaningful work. The paper includes a

    discussion on the concepts of ‘meaning’ and ‘work’, and its importance and the sources for

    conceptual confusion, and a synthesis of the common features that form the idea of

    meaningful work.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Ghadi, M., Fernando, M. & Caputi, P. (2013). Describing work as meaningful: Towards a conceptual clarification. 27th Annual British Academy of Management Conference, University of Liverpool (pp. 1-34). United Kingdom: British Academy of Management.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1390&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/391

Start Page


  • 1

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  • 34

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Individuals spend much of their time engaged in work, so the need to find and experience

    meaning in work is of great significance. ‘Meaning in work’ generally refers to the amount of

    significance employees perceive in their work. Providing employees with meaning in their

    work has inspired numerous researchers to study the role of personal meaningful work and its

    related outcomes. Despite this high level of interest, the theoretical views and methodological

    approaches used to explore this concept still require refinement and development. Without a

    comprehensive review of these views and approaches, the concept of meaningful work will

    remain an ill-defined notion. This study aims to address this gap with a review of the

    theoretical and empirical research on meaningful work. It examines the underlying features

    that constitute the meaningful work concept and offers guidance for future research by

    presenting the current state of knowledge about meaningful work. The paper includes a

    discussion on the concepts of ‘meaning’ and ‘work’, and its importance and the sources for

    conceptual confusion, and a synthesis of the common features that form the idea of

    meaningful work.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Ghadi, M., Fernando, M. & Caputi, P. (2013). Describing work as meaningful: Towards a conceptual clarification. 27th Annual British Academy of Management Conference, University of Liverpool (pp. 1-34). United Kingdom: British Academy of Management.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1390&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/391

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 34

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom