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Commitment to Work at the Expense of Other Life Pursuits? The Consequences of Individuals' Relative Centrality of Work (RCW) across Jobs and Nations

Department of Organisation Management    2017-12-29

Commitment to Work at the Expense of Other Life Pursuits? The Consequences of Individuals’ Relative Centrality of Work (RCW) across Jobs and Nations

Speaker: Lu Qing, Postdoctoral Fellow at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Host: Jiang Yuan, Associate Professor from Department of Organisation Management, ACEM

Time: Jan 4, 2017, Thursday, 13:30-15:00

Venue: A305 Antai College Building


Introduction: 

We assess the relationship between individuals’ Relative Centrality of Work (RCW) and their life satisfaction (LS), as moderated by their current job features (i.e., job complexity) and their national culture concerning work (i.e., Performance Orientation). Based on representative samples from 233 employees in India and the U.S.A. (Study 1) and from 23,622 employed persons in 33 nations (Study 2), we found that the LS of individuals high in RCW is influenced more by job complexity than are individuals low in RCW, but that this two-way interactive effect only exists when employees simultaneously live in a nation whose culture stresses performance improvements and obtaining rewards from work (i.e., nations high in Performance Orientation). Employee’s national-cultural context thus functions by making their emphasis on work relative to other life domains (RCW) and job characteristics (high Job Complexity) more important for deriving satisfaction from life.


Speaker Introduction: 

Dr Lu Qing received his PhD in management from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016 and is currently working there as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research interests are in the areas of cross-cultural psychology, person-situation congruence issues, and workplace emotions. He is a long-distance runner and scuba diving lover. He is always ready to chat and collaborate.


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