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Workplace thriving in China

Zhou Jiang (Department of Management, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)
Yiqi Jiang (Danshan Education Management Group, Ziyang, China) (Yibin University, Yibin, China)
Ingrid Nielsen (Department of Management, Monash Business School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 16 July 2019




Workplace thriving is a psychological state that promotes employee health and development. In addition to presenting a useful instrument that captures the nature of a thriving work life in China, the purpose of this paper is to investigate important factors that influence one’s thriving status within this national context.


Using diverse approaches across different samples, Study 1 contextualized the content of a workplace thriving scale (WTS) to fit the Chinese context. Study 2 tested the effects of learning goal orientation, exploration at work and role ambiguity on workplace thriving, employing a mediation model. As a supplement, Study 3 examined the test–retest reliability of workplace thriving.


Study 1 confirmed that in the Chinese setting, workplace thriving is a higher order construct represented by both a sense of learning and a sense of vitality. Study 2 found that learning goal orientation and exploration at work fostered thriving, while role ambiguity reduced thriving. Also, exploration mediated the relationship between learning goal orientation and thriving. Study 3 verified that the WTS was reliable over time in the Chinese setting, further increasing the reliability of results from Studies 1 and 2.


By rigorously and formally contextualizing the concept/construct of workplace thriving in China, this paper is informative for future research on thriving at work in Eastern cultures.



Jiang, Z., Jiang, Y. and Nielsen, I. (2019), "Workplace thriving in China", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 40 No. 5, pp. 979-993.



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