The embeddedness of work design in occupational context

Georgia Hay

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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In this PhD thesis, I investigated the interplay between occupational context and work design through three separate case studies of top-down (i.e., manager-led) work redesign. Spanning employee, managerial, and systems perspectives, this thesis explores the effect of occupational context on individuals' sensemaking, managers' cognitions, and system-level effectiveness. I discuss the implications of these findings for the nascent literature on the antecedents of work design (Parker et al., 2017b), as well as the broader endeavour to contextualise organisational behaviour (Johns, 2006) through investigating the role of occupations (Dierdorff, 2019). I also explore practical implications for the management of work redesign.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Luksyte, Alex, Supervisor
  • Parker, Sharon, Supervisor
  • Van den Broeck, Anja, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date4 Aug 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020


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