Autonomy in the Workplace: An Essential Ingredient to Employee Engagement and Well-Being in Every Culture

  • Marylène GagnéEmail author
  • Devasheesh Bhave
Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 1)


The nature of organizational life requires questioning the role of worker autonomy. An impressive amount of management research has been devoted to autonomy issues in organizations. Autonomy is at the forefront of research on job design and the management of employees. Therefore, we review evidence in the area of job design and management practices that deeply affect worker autonomy. Throughout this discussion, we evaluate the cross-cultural applicability of research and practice and offer future directions based on self-determination theory.


Organizational Commitment Work Engagement Turnover Intention Autonomous Motivation Participative Management 
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