The relationship between job resources and work engagement in an international context

Open Access
Zhang, Liwen
Graduate Program:
Human Resources and Employment Relations
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
July 19, 2013
Committee Members:
  • Elaine Farndale, Thesis Advisor
  • Ryan Lamare, Thesis Advisor
  • Weichun Zhu, Thesis Advisor
  • work engagement
  • job resources
  • power distance
  • uncertainty avoidance
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between job resources (performance feedback, autonomy, development opportunities, and task variety) and work engagement in an international context. Specifically, power distance and uncertainty avoidance were predicted to moderate this relationship. A sample of 877 employees from four countries (China, India, UK, and Netherlands) was used to test the hypotheses. Results indicated that power distance and uncertainty avoidance, respectively, had an impact on work engagement. Also, a moderating effect was found of uncertainty avoidance between autonomy and work engagement. Another surprising result was that power distance did not moderate the relationship between development opportunities and work engagement.