Essays on The Key Elements That Make up Not Just Good Jobs but Smart Jobs Coursework

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The paper "The Key Elements That Make up Not Just Good Jobs but Smart Jobs" is an outstanding example of business coursework. From a total of 23 articles, the articles by Hall and Heras (2010, pp. 448-462), Tolsby (2000, pp. 482-492), and Wrzesniewski and Dutton (2001, pp. 179-201) were chosen as exemplar articles for their comprehensive use of research methods, their convincing analysis, their clear communication to the reader, and their contribution to the subject of smart jobs as opposed to just good jobs. Notably, the term ‘ smart jobs’ was only expressly mentioned in Hall and Heras (2001), authors who stipulated the aspects that would constitute smart jobs.

Due to the comprehensive nature of Hall and Heras (2010), their article was used as the core article, whose description of what constituted smart jobs was used to analyse other articles, thus leading to the selection of Tolsby (2000, pp. 482-492), and Wrzesniewski and Dutton (2001, pp. 179-201) as the two other exemplar articles. According to Hall and Heras (2010, p. 455), “ Smart jobs stimulate the individual to learn and grow” by having: a strong developmental network; an adjustable career orientation; and an adaptive environment where employees can grow themself and job capabilities. Finding exemplar articles is a process that requires keenness and a degree of research knowledge.

Before perusing through hundreds of journal articles in an effort to pick the relevant ones, the researcher first needed to identify the topic for use in the exercise. After topic identification, the right research tactics such as keyword combinations when conducting electronic searches were important. A search of “ smart jobs” on Google Scholar for instance did not turn up relevant results, and as such, the researcher had to result in using elements of smart jobs in the searches.

In the end, the researcher identified 23 articles that were relevant to the topic. Selection and explanation of exemplar articles Article 1 Research question In their discussion section, Hall and Hellas (2010, p. 450) specifically ask how “ career theory and research contribute to job design” .  


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