Junior Management Science, Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2022, 32-66

Agile Mindset and Job Satisfaction: Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual? An Empirical Analysis of the Influence of an Agile Mindset on the Effects of the Job Characteristics Model

Julia Füntmann, Universität zu Köln (Masterthesis)

In a dynamic corporate environment, employees with an agile mindset are an essential success factor. The job satisfaction of these employees is therefore of particular importance. So far, research has not provided an answer to the question of what influence an agile mindset has on the relationship between job design and job satisfaction. In the context of this study, the question of whether an agile mindset influences the relationship between job characteristics and job satisfaction is to be answered. The quantitative study (N=953) is based on the Job Characteristics Model (JCM). The agile mindset is used as a moderator variable in the model and analyzed using hierarchical regression analyses. The results show that the agile mindset acts as a moderator on the relationship between autonomy and job satisfaction, as well as feedback and job satisfaction. However, the agile mindset has no significant influence on the correlation between variety of requirements and job satisfaction. Overall, the study shows that elements of job design can be used specifically to increase the job satisfaction of individuals with a high agile mindset.

Keywords: Job Characteristcs Model; Arbeitszufriedenheit; Agiles Mindset; Moderatoranalyse.