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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (8): 1367-1378.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01367

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The new trend in job crafting research: A perspective from regulatory focus

TIAN Xizhou, GUO Xiaodong(), XU Hao()   

  1. School of Management; Chongqing Technology & Business University, Chongqing 400067, China
  • Received:2019-07-15 Online:2020-08-15 Published:2020-06-28
  • Contact: Xiaodong GUO,Hao XU;


In the past, the scholars focused more on the outcomes and mechanism of job crafting. But the research about its intrinsic motivation and new constructs is still scarce. In recent years, the researches on the job crafting based on the regulatory focus theory have sprung up. Based on the existing researches, the relationship among trait-level regulatory focus, situational regulatory focus and the specific dimensions of job crafting will be discussed firstly. Then how the leader’s regulatory focus affects the employee’s job crafting behavior will be revealed in detail. Finally, new constructs about job crafting and the basis of its theoretical integration came into existence (Such as promotion/prevention-focused job crafting, approach/ avoidance job crafting). Future research should focus on the interaction between regulatory focus and job crafting, the antecedent and mechanism of promotion/prevention-focused job crafting, the relationship between regulatory focus and role-based job crafting and so on.

Key words: job crafting, regulatory focus, job demand, job resource

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