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The Job Demands-Resources model and the international work context: A systematic review

Citation
Rattrie L & Kittler M (2014) The Job Demands-Resources model and the international work context: A systematic review, Journal of Global Mobility : the Home of Expatriate Management Research, 2 (3), pp. 260-279.

Abstract

Purpose: This systematic review provides a synthesis and evaluation of literature surrounding the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model (Demerouti et al., 2001) with particular emphasis on establishing an evidence-based universal application towards different national and international work contexts.

Design: The study uses a systematic review approach following the stages suggested by Tranfield et al. (2003). Based on empirical data from 62 studies, we systematically analyse the application of the JD-R model and query whether it is applicable outside merely domestic work contexts.

Findings: We found convincing support for the JD-R model in different national contexts. However, we also found an absence of studies employing the JD-R model in cross-national settings. None of the empirical studies in the sample had explicitly considered the international context of today's work environment or had clearly associated JD-R research with the IHRM literature.

Research implications: Based on the wide acceptance of the JD-R model in domestic work contexts and the increased interest in work related outcomes such as burnout and engagement in the IHRM literature, our study identifies a gap and suggests future research applying the JD-R model to international work and global mobility contexts. It also provides a preview on potential job demands and resources relevant to the international work context.

Originality: This study is the first to systematically assess the application of the JD-R model in domestic and international work contexts based on a systematic review of empirical literature accumulating since the inception of the model. Our study identifies a lack of internationally focussed JD-R studies and invites further empirical research and theoretical extensions.

Keywords
Job characteristics; job demands; job resources; engagement; burnout; systematic review; IHRM; expatriates; international work

StatusPublished
AuthorsRattrie Lucy, Kittler Markus
Publication date2014
Date accepted by journal10/09/2014
PublisherEmerald
ISSN 2049-8799
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Journal of Global Mobility : the Home of Expatriate Management Research: Volume 2, Issue 3

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