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A state-of-the-art overview of job-crafting research: current trends and future research directions

Maria Tims (Department of Management and Organisation, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Melissa Twemlow (Department of Management and Organisation, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Christine Yin Man Fong (Department of Management and Organisation, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (Department of Human Resource Studies, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 December 2021

Issue publication date: 21 February 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Career Development International, a state-of-the-art overview of recent trends in job-crafting research was conducted. Since job crafting was introduced twenty years ago as a type of proactive work behavior that employees engage in to adjust their jobs to their needs, skills, and preferences, research has evolved tremendously.

Design/methodology/approach

To take stock of recent developments and to unravel the latest trends in the field, this overview encompasses job-crafting research published in the years 2016–2021. The overview portrays that recent contributions have matured the theoretical and empirical advancement of job-crafting research from three perspectives (i.e. individual, team and social).

Findings

When looking at the job-crafting literature through these three perspectives, a total of six trends were uncovered that show that job-crafting research has moved to a more in-depth theory-testing approach; broadened its scope; examined team-level job crafting and social relationships; and focused on the impact of job crafting on others in the work environment and their evaluations and reactions to it.

Originality/value

The overview of recent trends within the job-crafting literature ends with a set of recommendations for how future research on job crafting could progress and create scientific impact for the coming years.

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Citation

Tims, M., Twemlow, M. and Fong, C.Y.M. (2022), "A state-of-the-art overview of job-crafting research: current trends and future research directions", Career Development International, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 54-78. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-08-2021-0216

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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