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The relationship between work engagement and workaholism: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Yunsoo Lee (Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Jae Young Lee (Kookmin University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Jin Lee (Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 9 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to clarify the relationship between two sub-constructs of heavy work investment: work engagement and workaholism.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to synthesize and critically assess existing research on the relationship between these concepts.

Findings

The review revealed three major shortcomings of the extant literature: a dichotomous perspective, variations in measurements and the unaddressed complexity of the relationship.

Originality/value

Based on these findings, this study provides a discussion on the limitations and suggestions for future research on work engagement and workaholism, including using a person-centered approach.

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Citation

Lee, Y., Lee, J.Y. and Lee, J. (2021), "The relationship between work engagement and workaholism: a systematic review and meta-analysis", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-03-2021-0036

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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