Revisiting the moderating role of culture between job characteristics and job satisfaction: a multilevel analysis of 33 countries

GU, M., LI TAN, J.H., AMIN, M., MOSTAFIZ, Md Imtiaz and YEOH, K.K. (2021). Revisiting the moderating role of culture between job characteristics and job satisfaction: a multilevel analysis of 33 countries. Employee Relations.

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    Abstract

    Purpose: This paper aims to address how national culture moderates the relationship between job characteristics and job satisfaction. Design/methodology/approach: The authors examine the most recent data collected from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) in 2015 from a group of 33 countries. Hofstede's cultural model is used to represent and measure national culture. Findings: One of the most significant findings from the authors’ two-level regression analysis is that having an interesting job contributes more to job satisfaction in individualistic countries than in collectivist countries. The authors also find that the newly introduced cultural dimension indulgence vs restraint has some significant moderating effect on the relationship between job security, salary, the perceived interest of a job and job satisfaction. Job security also seems to contribute less to job satisfaction in societies that are long-term oriented. Practical implications: This study provides further support for a more careful, nuanced examination of job motivation theories. Multinational companies should understand the needs of their employees and diversify their compensation packages accordingly. More attention should be paid to job design in individualistic or indulgent-oriented countries to create a satisfying job experience. Originality/value: The authors examine the most recent data from ISSP and extend the literature by incorporating two additional cultural dimensions from Hofstede's model as moderators.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; Industrial Relations
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-03-2020-0099
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2021 10:44
    Last Modified: 04 Aug 2021 10:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28910

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