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Extreme work in organizations: mapping the field and a future research agenda

Garavan, Thomas; Grant, Kirsteen; Holland, Peter; Bartram, Timothy; Mackenzie, Cliodhna


Thomas Garavan

Peter Holland

Timothy Bartram

Cliodhna Mackenzie


Despite the growing interest in the phenomenon of extreme work amongst academics, policy makers and the media, the area is characterized by different constructs, terminology, and disparate research findings on both contexts and outcomes. The aim of this positional paper, as part of a double Special Issue on extreme work and ‘working extremely’, is to provide a timely review of the field and bring some coherence to it through providing a classification of extreme work and its associated outcomes. Specifically, we use the outputs of a systematic review to capture and map the complexity of this area of research, illustrate the different contexts that influence and shape its emergence, and highlight different employee outcomes. Our typology serves as a heuristic device to categorize the 12 papers that make up this Special Issue, map potential future research questions and avenues, and identify human resource management (HRM) practice implications at multiple levels.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 23, 2024
Online Publication Date Apr 10, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Apr 10, 2024
Publicly Available Date Oct 11, 2025
Journal The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Print ISSN 0958-5192
Electronic ISSN 1466-4399
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 9
Pages 1603-1625
Keywords Discreet and omnibus connects; extreme work; internal and external outcomes; systematic review
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