Work and organisation engagement: Aligning research and practice

E. Farndale, S.E. Beijer, M.J.P.M. van Veldhoven, C. Kelliher, V. Hope Hailey

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Abstract

Purpose
To date, work engagement has been the domain of academics whilst organisation engagement has been the focus of practice. The purpose of this paper is to address the growing divide by exploring the construct clarity and discriminant validity of work and organisation engagement simultaneously, providing insight into how these constructs relate empirically, as well as investigating the nomological network of each.
Design/methodology/approach
Empirical data were collected through online surveys from 298 employees in two multinational companies. Respondents were primarily managerial and professional employees. The survey included measures of work and organisation engagement, as well as work outcomes and organisation performance.
Findings
The findings indicate that work and organisation engagement are distinct constructs, and have differential relationships with important employee outcomes (commitment, organisational citizenship behaviour, initiative, active learning, job satisfaction), and organisational performance.
Practical implications
The findings provide opportunities for practitioners to explore the potentially unique ways in which different types of engagement may add value to jobs and organisations.
Originality/value
The study takes important steps in bridging the academic/practitioner divide: the paper clearly demonstrates how the two concepts of work and organisation engagement relate to and complement each other as useful constructs for research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-176
JournalJournal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Employees
Organizational performance
Work outcomes
Organizational citizenship behavior
Discriminant validity
Work organization
Multinational companies
Work engagement
Online survey
Active learning
Design methodology
Job satisfaction
Construct validity

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Farndale, E. ; Beijer, S.E. ; van Veldhoven, M.J.P.M. ; Kelliher, C. ; Hope Hailey, V. / Work and organisation engagement : Aligning research and practice. In: Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance. 2014 ; Vol. 1, No. 2. pp. 157-176.
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Work and organisation engagement : Aligning research and practice. / Farndale, E.; Beijer, S.E.; van Veldhoven, M.J.P.M.; Kelliher, C.; Hope Hailey, V.

In: Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2014, p. 157-176.

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