Title: Job resources and employee engagement in a Chinese context: the mediating role of job meaningfulness, felt obligation and positive mood

Authors: Simon L. Albrecht; Mandy Jinghe Su

Addresses: School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Queensland 4122, Australia. ' School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Victoria 3145, Australia

Abstract: Work engagement has attracted growing attention in management and academic circles. The job demands-resources model (JD-R) model shows how job resources influence work engagement. However, the psychological processes that underpin these relationships have not yet been fully established. Importantly, the cross-cultural generalisability of the JD-R and associated psychological processes has not been fully established. The current study aimed to examine the potential mediating effects of meaningfulness, felt obligation and positive mood on the relationships between job resources and engagement in a sample of Chinese telecommunications employees. The proposed motivational processes were largely supported. Practical implications and study limitations are discussed.

Keywords: employee engagement; job demands; job resources; JD-R model; motivation; meaningful work; China; work engagement; psychology; cross-cultural generalisation; job meaningfulness; felt obligation; positive mood; telecommunications industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEM.2012.049823

International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, 2012 Vol.4 No.4, pp.277 - 292

Available online: 16 Oct 2012 *

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