Currently published as: European Journal of Training and Development
Online from: 1977
Subject Area: Learning and Development
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|Title:||The meaning of working among professional employees in Germany, Poland and Russia|
|Author(s):||K. Peter Kuchinke, (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA), Alexandre Ardichvili, (University of Minnesota, St Paul, Minnesota, USA), Margret Borchert, (University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany), Andrzej Rozanski, (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland)|
|Citation:||K. Peter Kuchinke, Alexandre Ardichvili, Margret Borchert, Andrzej Rozanski, (2009) "The meaning of working among professional employees in Germany, Poland and Russia", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 33 Iss: 2, pp.104 - 124|
|Keywords:||Germany, Job satisfaction, Organizations, Poland, Russia|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/03090590910939021 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report the results of an empirical study of the meaning of working, individual level work outcomes, and job and career satisfaction, among professional level employees in business organizations in Russia, Poland, and Germany.
Design/methodology/approach – The theoretical framework for the study was based on the work by England and colleagues. The sample (
Findings – Results indicate different patterns and levels of work centrality, desired work outcomes, work role identification, and job and career satisfaction among the three countries. A significant difference was found between work values in Russia, on the one hand, and Germany and Poland, on the other. Gender differences in meaning of work patterns were found among Russian respondents. Job and career satisfaction was related to different combinations of demographic and work meaning variables.
Practical implications – For human resource development (HRD) and training and development (T&D) professionals working in multinational companies and/or with customers/suppliers in these three countries, the findings imply the need to take into account the similarities and differences in individual meaning of working variables when designing and implementing organization development and training interventions.
Originality/value – Despite the central role of working for individuals and the central role of the work values construct for the professional fields of training and HRD, research on meaning of working has been sparse in the academic literature. Thus, the study can contribute to a fuller understanding of experience of work and its implications for the theory and practice of training and human resource development.
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