Mapping the landscape of research on job design and employee well-being: The contingency between context, job, and jobholders

Prof. Jia Lin XIE
Professor of Management, Rotman School of Management

Date: 26 January 2024 (Friday)
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: E22-G015
Host: Prof. Jacky Fok Loi HONG, Professor in Management & Jing HU, Research Assistant Professor in Management
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Work constitutes an essential part of human life. Research on job design has been considered as a “mature” field with abundant studies on how job characteristics influence employee attitudes, behaviors and well-being. In this seminar, the presenter will provide a critical review of extant research on job design and employee well-being, including her own research, to reveal the opportunities and challenges inherent in this field.

From a conceptual perspective, the presenter will introduce three lines of research that her research teams involved in charting new terrain in the job design literature. For each line of the research, she will discuss how it attempted to move the literature forward, and meanwhile, the unresolved research gaps and challenges. Methodologically, she will share her experience in collecting immunological and physiological health data through blood and saliva samples; and discuss how the integration of self-reported and non-self-reported data enhances research objectivity and facilitates cross-cultural comparative research. At the end of seminar, the presenter would like to open the discussion for future research directions and highlight the importance of taking a contingency perspective in studying the changing world of work.



Prof. Jia Lin XIE is Professor in Management at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is a recipient of “Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award” from University of Toronto.  Her research focuses on work design, job stress, and cross-cultural organizational behavior. Her work has been published in such academic journals as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, etc. Her research has been featured widely in the World Medical News, News World of CBC, International Herald Tribune, Radio Canada International, the London Times, USA Today, and National Post, among others.

Professor XIE is a highly respected business educator. She has taught not only many degree students but also executives around the world. She is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards.

Professor XIE has a passion for Chinese management research. She served as the President for International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) and Senior Editor for IACMR’s journal Management and Organization Review. Also, she has been involved in the internationalization of Academy of Management with her service as the ALL Academy Chair and to the International Theme Committee of AoM.

 All are welcome!