Thanks to Murray Barrick and David Hofmann for their comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. Their input resulted in many meaningful improvements.
MINIMIZING TRADEOFFS WHEN REDESIGNING WORK: EVIDENCE FROM A LONGITUDINAL QUASI-EXPERIMENT
Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2006
Volume 55, Issue 3, pages 589–612, September 2002
How to Cite
MORGESON, F. P. and CAMPION, M. A. (2002), MINIMIZING TRADEOFFS WHEN REDESIGNING WORK: EVIDENCE FROM A LONGITUDINAL QUASI-EXPERIMENT. Personnel Psychology, 55: 589–612. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.2002.tb00122.x
- Issue online: 7 DEC 2006
- Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2006
Although cross-sectional job design research highlights a tradeoff between motivational and mechanistic work design, the redesign literature is more equivocal. We develop a work redesign process that suggests the tradeoffs can be minimized if both motivational and mechanistic approaches are explicitly considered when work is designed and the ultimate outcomes of the design effort (e.g., satisfaction, efficiency, or both) are taken into account when work is redesigned. In a longitudinal quasi-experiment, we examined how jobs can be differentially changed in terms of their motivational and mechanistic properties. Results showed at least partial support for all expected relationships. This suggests that the tradeoffs previously considered inherent in job design may not always occur, particularly if conceptual and methodological consideration is given to their minimization.