Workplace Innovation with Baby Boomers: The Role of Job Crafting for Performance and Well-Being

Minjung Kim, Brent D. Oja, Claire C. Zvosec, Chul Won Lee

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This chapter focuses on innovation via job crafting (i.e., employee-based innovations to job design), specifically for the “baby boomer” generation. The authors offer a conceptual model of the outcomes of baby boomers’ job crafting strategies. Specifically, when older (and more experienced) employees have more control over the design of their job responsibilities via job crafting, they are able to use their unique knowledge of their organizations and roles to provide innovations regarding their job tasks, relationships, and perceptions. Consequently, participating in job crafting is thought to support their performance and well-being. The authors also propose that baby boomers are likely to be “active sport tourists” and volunteers at community-based sport and leisure events by using skills learned from active participation in job crafting (e.g., efficiently adjusting their work schedule and increased leadership capacity). Overall, the model proposes that job crafting can provide an organizational competitive advantage by supporting organizational and individual performance and the well-being of baby boomer employees.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContributions to Management Science
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Marketing
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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