Drivers and outcomes of work alienation: reviving a concept

Shantz, Amanda, Alfes, Kerstin, Truss, Catherine and Soane, Emma (2015) Drivers and outcomes of work alienation: reviving a concept. Journal of Management Inquiry. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1056-4926

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Abstract

This article sheds new light on an understudied construct in mainstream management theory, namely, work alienation.
This is an important area of study because previous research indicates that work alienation is associated with important
individual and organizational outcomes. We tested four antecedents of work alienation: decision-making autonomy, task
variety, task identity, and social support. Moreover, we examined two outcomes of alienation: deviance and performance, the
former measured 1 year after the independent variables were measured, and the latter as rated by supervisors. We present
evidence from a sample of 283 employees employed at a construction and consultancy organization in the United Kingdom.
The results supported the majority of our hypotheses, indicating that alienation is a worthy concept of exploration in the
management sciences.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Katie Bailey
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 07:56
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 23:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53153

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