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"Measuring the Meaning of Meaningful Work: Development and Validation of the Comprehensive Meaningful Work Scale (CMWS)"

by Lips-Wiersma, Marjolein; Wright, Sarah (2012)


In this article we build on two in-depth qualitative studies to systematically develop and validate a comprehensive measure of meaningful work. This scale provides a multidimensional, process-oriented measure of meaningful work that captures the complexity of the construct. It measures the dimensions of “developing the inner self”; “unity with others”; “serving others” and “expressing full potential” and the dynamic tensions between these through items on “being versus doing” and “self versus others.” The scale also measures inspiration and its relationship to the existential need to be real and grounded. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses using multicultural samples from a broad range of occupations provide construct validity for the measure. Future research opportunities on the basis of our measure are outlined.

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Meaningful Work, Meaning Of Work, Well-Being, Psychology, Happiness, Empirical Study, Self


Meaningful Work

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