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Organization and Human Resources Department's Lecture

TIME:14:30 ,Jul17,2018
PLACE:Room1007 Business Building 
TOPIC:Job Insecurity and the Changing Workplace: Recent Developments and the Future Trends in Job Insecurity Research
SPEAKER:Professor Cynthia LEE
KEYWORDS:job insecurity, job loss, job change, job stress, workplace uncertainty


This article updates our understanding of the field of job insecurity (JI) by incorporating studies across the globe since 2003, analyzes what we know, and offers ideas on how to move forward. We begin by reviewing the conceptualization and operationalization of job insecurity. We then review empirical studies of the antecedents, consequences, and moderators of JI effects, as well as the various theoretical perspectives used to explain the relationship of JI to various outcomes. Our analyses also consider JI research in different regions of the world, highlighting the cross-cultural differences. We conclude by identifying areas in need of future research. We propose that JI is and will continue to be a predominant employment issue, such that research into it will only increase in importance and relevance. In particular, we call for in-depth research that carefully considers the rapid changes in the workplace today and in the future.

Professor Cynthia Lee is Professor of Management and Organizational Development Group Coordinator at Northeastern University. Professor Lee's research interests include leading change and innovation, performance management, understanding the changing nature of employment relationships including psychological contracts and of job insecurity. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Behavior, where she also works as a special issue co-editor. Professor Lee was awarded Nash Outstanding Doctoral Alumni Award, University of Maryland (Year 2016), and Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Fellow (Year 2013).