Once a job crafter, always a job crafter? Investigating job crafting in organizations as a reciprocal self-concordant process across time

Michael Clinton*, Uta Bindl, Keely Frasca, Elena Martinescu

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Abstract

Research depicts job crafting as a desirable, ongoing employee behavior rather than a
one-off event. However, insights are lacking into how employees’ active engagement
in job crafting may be sustained across time. In this study, we advance a dynamic
framework of how changes that follow employees’ periods of job crafting may, in
turn, motivate versus impede continued crafting of one’s job role over time. Drawing
from self-concordance theorizing, we propose and test a framework on how job
crafting and employees’ attainment of self-concordant and organizational work goals
are reciprocally related over time. Longitudinal data from a large, three-wave study
collected over four years among church ministers support a positive reciprocal
relationship between job crafting and self-concordant goal attainment, as well as an
indirect positive relationship between job crafting and organizational goal attainment via self-concordant goal attainment. However, in line with our theorizing,
organizational goal attainment did not predict subsequent job crafting. Instead, high
organizational goal attainment weakened the extent to which job crafting at one time
point positively related to job crafting at the next time point. We discuss the
theoretical and practical implications of our findings for employees’ continued
engagement in job crafting in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHUMAN RELATIONS
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Jan 2024

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