Examining the Theoretical and Empirical Developments and Future Research Directions in the Cross-Disciplinary Job Satisfaction Literature

By Jonathan H. Westover.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Job satisfaction is an important factor in driving organizational learning and organizational change, and as such, job satisfaction continues to be an important area of cross-disciplinary study. The question is, what are the major theoretical explanations for explaining variation in job satisfaction? Additionally, how can one categorize the various sorts of explanations found in the literature? Furthermore, in terms of actual empirical research, which theoretical approaches seem to provide the best explanations? Finally, what are the remaining controversies? This article will address these questions and provide an overview of the historical and future directions of academic inquiry into job satisfaction.

Keywords: Organizational Learning, Worker Motivation, Job Satisfaction, Job Satisfaction Models

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp.213-220. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 594.778KB).

Dr. Jonathan H. Westover

Assistant Professor of Business, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, Lehi, Utah, USA

Jonathan H. Westover is an Assistant Professor of Business at Utah Valley University. He received a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. As a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Utah, his research interests combined Comparative International Sociology and Organizational Sociology. His ongoing research examines issues of global development, work-quality characteristics, and the determinants of job satisfaction cross-nationally.

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