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Could self-centrism rust the glitter of meaningful work? Exploring the darker sides of the construct

Subhra Pattnaik (Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar, India)
Lalatendu Kesari Jena (Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar, India)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 23 May 2020

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper explores if individuals experiencing deeply meaningful work turn self-centric and therein they negatively affect people around them. It also discusses ways to attenuate this darker effect of meaningful work.

Design/methodology/approach

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with supervisors, peers, subordinates, and family of 24 executives in the Indian Aeronautical Manufacturing Sector who scored high on the Meaningful Work scale in another empirical study carried out by the authors in early 2019.

Findings

Individuals experiencing deeply Meaningful Work get self-centric, at times, where nothing beyond work appeals to them. This negatively affects their camaraderie at work and family ties.

Originality/value

The paper adds to the scarce literature on the darker side of Meaningful Work by exploring its effect on breeding self-centrism using an Indian sample.

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Citation

Pattnaik, S. and Jena, L.K. (2021), "Could self-centrism rust the glitter of meaningful work? Exploring the darker sides of the construct", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 35 No. 4, pp. 11-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-03-2020-0060

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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