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date: 12 July 2020

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As technology and the globalization of the economy change the way we work nowadays, the design of our jobs remains an important source of motivation. Much of what constitutes the body of job design research assumes that motivation is a major explanatory mechanism in the effect that job design has on the worker. However, motivation is rarely assessed in job design research, and we consequently argue that assessing autonomous and controlled motivation, and assessing the satisfaction of psychological needs, would be useful to advance job design research. In this chapter, we propose that autonomous motivation is more likely to be promoted if the design of the job satisfies basic needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. The chapter also discusses two recent phenomena of interest: proactive work behavior and job crafting.

Keywords: self-determination theory, job design, work motivation, proactive work behavior, job crafting

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