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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Job Demands-Resources model and the international work context - A systematic review
Author(s): Rattrie, Lucy
Kittler, Markus
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Keywords: Job characteristics
job demands
job resources
systematic review
international work
Issue Date: 2014
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.
DOI Link: 10.1108/JGM-06-2014-0018
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