All work and no play? The meaning of work and work stress of mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea1

K. Peter Kuchinke, Edgard B. Cornachione, Seok Young Oh, Hye Seung Kang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Based in identity theory and the depletion hypothesis in the work-life literature, this study investigated dimensions of the meaning of work and work stress among mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea. Findings include a high salience of work as a central life concern but a primacy of family involvement in each country. The importance of religious involvement, leisure activities, and community involvement was rated low. Intrinsic and extrinsic orientations to working were related to increased levels of work stress, but in each country the dimensions of work stress were associated with meaning of work aspects in different combinations and affected different demographic groups in different ways. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings imply the need for a differentiated understanding of the meaning of work dimensions in international settings and the awareness that increased levels of work stress can results from higher levels of work centrality and intrinsic and economic work orientations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-408
Number of pages16
JournalHuman Resource Development International
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1

Fingerprint

Meaning of work
Work stress
Brazil
Managers
Intrinsic
Korea
Depletion
Work orientation
Primacy
Leisure activities
Identity theory
Economics
Demographics
Community involvement
Work centrality
Family involvement

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Cite this

@article{6b73cd699d6f426ba8ecea483e754c44,
title = "All work and no play? The meaning of work and work stress of mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea1",
abstract = "Based in identity theory and the depletion hypothesis in the work-life literature, this study investigated dimensions of the meaning of work and work stress among mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea. Findings include a high salience of work as a central life concern but a primacy of family involvement in each country. The importance of religious involvement, leisure activities, and community involvement was rated low. Intrinsic and extrinsic orientations to working were related to increased levels of work stress, but in each country the dimensions of work stress were associated with meaning of work aspects in different combinations and affected different demographic groups in different ways. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings imply the need for a differentiated understanding of the meaning of work dimensions in international settings and the awareness that increased levels of work stress can results from higher levels of work centrality and intrinsic and economic work orientations.",
author = "Kuchinke, {K. Peter} and Cornachione, {Edgard B.} and Oh, {Seok Young} and Kang, {Hye Seung}",
year = "2010",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1080/13678868.2010.501961",
language = "English",
volume = "13",
pages = "393--408",
journal = "Human Resource Development International",
issn = "1367-8868",
publisher = "Taylor and Francis Ltd.",
number = "4",

}

All work and no play? The meaning of work and work stress of mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea1. / Kuchinke, K. Peter; Cornachione, Edgard B.; Oh, Seok Young; Kang, Hye Seung.

In: Human Resource Development International, Vol. 13, No. 4, 01.01.2010, p. 393-408.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - All work and no play? The meaning of work and work stress of mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea1

AU - Kuchinke, K. Peter

AU - Cornachione, Edgard B.

AU - Oh, Seok Young

AU - Kang, Hye Seung

PY - 2010/1/1

Y1 - 2010/1/1

N2 - Based in identity theory and the depletion hypothesis in the work-life literature, this study investigated dimensions of the meaning of work and work stress among mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea. Findings include a high salience of work as a central life concern but a primacy of family involvement in each country. The importance of religious involvement, leisure activities, and community involvement was rated low. Intrinsic and extrinsic orientations to working were related to increased levels of work stress, but in each country the dimensions of work stress were associated with meaning of work aspects in different combinations and affected different demographic groups in different ways. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings imply the need for a differentiated understanding of the meaning of work dimensions in international settings and the awareness that increased levels of work stress can results from higher levels of work centrality and intrinsic and economic work orientations.

AB - Based in identity theory and the depletion hypothesis in the work-life literature, this study investigated dimensions of the meaning of work and work stress among mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea. Findings include a high salience of work as a central life concern but a primacy of family involvement in each country. The importance of religious involvement, leisure activities, and community involvement was rated low. Intrinsic and extrinsic orientations to working were related to increased levels of work stress, but in each country the dimensions of work stress were associated with meaning of work aspects in different combinations and affected different demographic groups in different ways. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings imply the need for a differentiated understanding of the meaning of work dimensions in international settings and the awareness that increased levels of work stress can results from higher levels of work centrality and intrinsic and economic work orientations.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=83755224287&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=83755224287&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/13678868.2010.501961

DO - 10.1080/13678868.2010.501961

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:83755224287

VL - 13

SP - 393

EP - 408

JO - Human Resource Development International

JF - Human Resource Development International

SN - 1367-8868

IS - 4

ER -