Jane E. Dutton                                                   

Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Business Administration and Psychology

Job Crafting and the Meaning of Work



Berg, J.M., Wrzesniewski, A., & Dutton, J.E.  Perceiving and responding to challenges in job crafting at different ranks: When proactivity requires adaptivityJournal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 158-186, 2010.


Wrzesniewski, A., J. Dutton and G. Debebe. Interpersonal Sensemaking and the Meaning of Work. In B, Staw and R. Kramer. Research in Organizational Behavior (San Francisco: Interscience), Vo.l 25, 93-135, 2003.


Wrzesniewski, A. and J. Dutton.  Crafting a Job: Employees as Active Crafters of Their Work Academy of Management Review, 26, 2, 179-201, 2001.


Book Chapters


Wrzesniewski, A., N. Boluglio  J. Dutton and J. Berg. Job Crafting and Cultivating Positive Meaning and Identity in Work. In Bakker, A. Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology. Emerald: London, UK., 2012.


Berg, J., J. Dutton and A. Wrzesniewski . Job Crafting and Meaningful Work. In Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace, Washington,DC, APA Books, 2012.

Media Coverage


Hurst, Aaron.  Don't Love Your Job? Fix the Job You're In Entrepreneur, April 3, 2014.


Weir, Kirsten. More than Job Satisfaction American Psychological Association, Vol 44, No. 11, December, 2013.


Vanderkam, Laura. How To Turn The Job You Have Into The Job You Want Fast Company, August 13, 2013.

Job Crafting Cases

Crafting a Fulfilling Job: Bringing Passion Into Work

Job Crafting at Burt's Bees

Job Crafting Media Coverage

Why Innovative Companies Like Google Are Letting Employees
Craft Their Own Jobs

Talking Management: Jane Dutton

10 Tips for Starting a Job the Right Way

Don't Love Your Job? Fix the Job You're In

More Than Job Satisfaction

Job Crafting: The Great Opportunity In The Job You Already Have

Job Crafting Exercise


The Job Crafting Exercise is a self-development tool that helps people identify opportunities to make positive changes to their own job designs by encouraging them to view their jobs in a new way.  More . . . .










Job Crafting Theory-to-Practice Briefing

A Theory-to-Practice Briefing distills an academic research concept and presents it in a manner useful for future or present managers. Each briefing defines a theoretical concept of interest and discusses how relevant research findings can be applied in the workplace.  More . . . .

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Areas of Expertise:



High-Quality Connections and Relationships at Work

Compassion and Organizations

Positive Organizational Scholarship

Issue Selling and Issue Management

Identity and Identification in Organizations

Job Crafting and the Meaning of Work


Book Chapters

Media Coverage

Job Crafting Cases

Job Crafting Exercise

Job Crafting Theory-to-Practice Briefing

Related Connections:




Management and Organizations Department

Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship