Personal Aspirations, Person-Environment Fit, Meaning in Work, and Meaning in Life: A Moderated Mediation Model Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018, Springer Nature B.V. In the current study, we examined whether the link between perceived person-environment (PE) fit and meaning in work would vary to the extent individuals placed importance on intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations. Among 655 Chinese employees, we found that the more individuals valued intrinsic aspirations, the stronger the association was between PE fit and meaning in work. The importance individuals placed on extrinsic aspirations, however, had a negative partial correlation with meaning in work. In addition, variations in meaning in work further predicted perceptions of meaning in life. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, H., Chen, K., Chen, C., & Schlegel, R.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • July 2018