The meaning of work and job

  • Marie-Louise Andersson


This article proposes that the concepts of work and job derive meaning from different dimensions. Work is viewed as having meaning that relates to a social framework and goes beyond organizational boundaries. Here two dimensions of work meaning are termed acceptability and instrumentality. Job meaning on the other hand, is viewed to be the result of an interplay between situational characteristics and organizational dimensions, and the value and relevance of those to an individual. These dimensions are here referred to as situational and personal relevance job meaning. It is suggested that making a distinction between work and job meaning will facilitate comparisons between groups that are of different employment status.


Organizational Design Personal Relevance Situational Variable Work Meaning International Research Team 
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  • Marie-Louise Andersson
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  1. 1.Department of ManagementIona CollegeNew York

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