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Determinants of job satisfaction in a lean environment

Denise Rodríguez (Facultad de Ingeniería en Mecánica y Ciencias de la Producció, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL, Guayaquil, Ecuador)
Hendrik Van Landeghem (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)
Virginia Lasio (ESPAE Graduate School of Management, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL, Guayaquil, Ecuador)
Dirk Buyens (Vlerick Business School, Ghent, Belgium and Faculty of Business and Economics, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

ISSN: 2040-4166

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the situational and dispositional determinants of job satisfaction in environments created by implementing employee-supportive lean.

Design/methodology/approach

The research uses a questionnaire to measure the determinants of job satisfaction (perceived job demands, perceived job autonomy and core self-evaluations) and job satisfaction. Afterwards, the paper proposes a conceptual framework and uses hierarchical multiple regression to test the relationships among perceived job demands, perceived job autonomy, core self-evaluations and job satisfaction. Additionally, the study describes the implementation of employee-supportive lean in four small companies using an action research approach.

Findings

The findings reveal that perceived job demands has a negative impact on job satisfaction. In addition, the authors find that perceived job autonomy and core self-evaluations have a positive impact on job satisfaction. Finally, the results show that core self-evaluations buffer the impact of perceived job demands on job satisfaction.

Originality/value

The present research underscores the importance of work and personal characteristics for employees’ job satisfaction in an environment created by implementing employee-supportive lean.

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Citation

Rodríguez, D., Van Landeghem, H., Lasio, V. and Buyens, D. (2017), "Determinants of job satisfaction in a lean environment", International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 134-152. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLSS-01-2016-0002

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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