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The job demands-resources model and the international work context – a systematic review

Lucy T.B. Rattrie (Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)
Markus G. Kittler (Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)

Journal of Global Mobility

ISSN: 2049-8799

Article publication date: 2 December 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a synthesis and evaluation of literature surrounding the job demands-resources (JD-R) model (Demerouti et al., 2001) in the first decade since its inception, with particular emphasis on establishing an evidence-based universal application towards different national and international work contexts.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses a systematic review approach following the stages suggested by Tranfield et al. (2003). Based on empirical data from 62 studies, the authors systematically analyse the application of the JD-R model and queries whether it is applicable outside merely domestic work contexts.

Findings

The authors find convincing support for the JD-R model in different national contexts. However, the authors also found an absence of studies employing the JD-R model in cross-national settings. None of the empirical studies in the sample had explicitly considered the international context of today’s work environment or had clearly associated JD-R research with the IHRM literature.

Research limitations/implications

Based on the wide acceptance of the JD-R model in domestic work contexts and the increased interest in work-related outcomes such as burnout and engagement in the IHRM literature, the study identifies a gap and suggests future research applying the JD-R model to international work and global mobility contexts.

Originality/value

This study is the first to systematically assess the application of the JD-R model in domestic and international work contexts based on a systematic review of empirical literature in the first decade since the inception of the model. The study identifies a lack of internationally focussed JD-R studies and invites further empirical research and theoretical extensions.

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Citation

T.B. Rattrie, L. and G. Kittler, M. (2014), "The job demands-resources model and the international work context – a systematic review", Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 260-279. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGM-06-2014-0018

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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