Pathways to a good job: Perceived work quality among the machinists in North America

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

This paper examines the perceived quality of jobs held by a sample of members of the International Association of Machinists, a large union in North America. It is argued that useful insights can be obtained by examining the relationships between global and specific measures of job quality. We then compare two ways of linking them: the regression or correlational-causation approach and the configurational approach that regards jobs as 'bundles' of various characteristics. Our results suggest that there are various pathways by which workers may consider jobs to be 'good' but that job quality among the machinists is related especially to satisfaction with benefits, interesting work and autonomy. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2005.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kalleberg, AL; Vaisey, S

Published Date

  • September 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 431 - 454

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-1080

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2005.00363.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus