Introduction and Overview

Ruth Yeoman, Catherine Bailey, Adrian Madden, Marc Thompson

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With organizations under pressure from new business models, technological change, and globalization, the prospects for meaningful work appear uncertain. Despite this, scholarly and practitioner interest in meaningful work continues to grow. This handbook examines the conceptualization, practices, and effects of meaningful work by reflecting diverse perspectives on meaningful work from philosophy, political theory, psychology, sociology, and organization studies. In philosophy, moral considerations related to meaningful work range across human flourishing, autonomy, dignity, alienation, freedom, and organizational ethics. Meanwhile, empirical studies are expanding beyond a positive psychology focus on the individual experience, to ethnographic and constructivist approaches which attend to organizational and institutional factors. Furthermore, scholars are now considering multilevel features such as leadership, voluntary work, families, and corporate social responsibility, as well as political economy and large-scale entities such as cities, national cultures, and broader meaning-systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work
EditorsRuth Yeoman, Catherine Bailey, Adrian Madden, Marc Thompson
PublisherOxford University Press/ British Academy
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780191830198
ISBN (Print)9780198788232
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

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