New measures of job control, cognitive demand and production responsibility

Jackson, Paul R.; Wall, Toby D.; Martin, Robin and Davids, Keith (1993). New measures of job control, cognitive demand and production responsibility. Journal of Applied Psychology, 78 (5), pp. 753-762.


Recent research has highlighted several job characteristics salient to employee well-being and behavior for which there are no adequate generally applicable measures. These include timing and method control, monitoring and problem-solving demand, and production responsibility. In this article, an attempt to develop measures of these constructs provided encouraging results. Confirmatory factor analyses applied to data from 2 samples of shop-floor employees showed a consistent fit to a common 5-factor measurement model. Scales corresponding to each of the dimensions showed satisfactory internal and test–retest reliabilities. As expected, the scales also discriminated between employees in different jobs and employees working with contrasting technologies.


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