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      Work addiction: An organizational behavior as well as an addictive behavior? : Commentary on: Ten myths about work addiction (Griffiths et al., 2018)


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          In their critical review, Griffiths et al. (2018) discussed 10 myths in the study of work addiction, and addressed the need to conceptualize and investigate this area of research more carefully. In this commentary, we expand their arguments, suggesting that indeed some of the popular myths have solid evidence-based results in the organizational literature. Yet, some of the arguments are only indirectly related to previous organizational findings. Therefore, we emphasize the need to resolve the ambiguities of work addiction, as well as to develop a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of the well-known phenomenon of addictive work behavior.

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                Journal of Behavioral Addictions
                J Behav Addict
                Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
                13 December 2018
                December 2018
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                : 888-891
                [ 1 ]Department of Behavioral Science and Integrative Brain and Cognition Center, University of Ariel , Ariel, Israel
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                [* ]Corresponding author: Weinstein Aviv; Department of Behavioral Science and Integrative Brain and Cognition Center, University of Ariel, Science Park, Ariel 40700, Israel; Phone: +972 3 907 6555; Fax: +972 3 906 6629; E-mails: avivwe@ 123456ariel.ac.il ; avivweinstein@ 123456yahoo.com
                © 2018 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.

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                Funding sources: No financial support was received for this study.

                Evolutionary Biology,Medicine,Psychology,Educational research & Statistics,Social & Behavioral Sciences
                behavioral addiction,work addiction,organizational behavior


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